Award-winning artist Lizzie Emeh will be performing at the Albany on Friday 13 November at 7.30pm as part of EFG London Jazz Festival. Click here for details and booking information.
I grew up in a big family with an Irish/Nigerian background. Growing up in Ladbroke Grove I didn’t have a choice but to love music, I used to go to the Notting Hill Carnival all the time.
After I joined Heart n Soul I went on tour performing shows with the other artists from the company all across the UK and Europe, we went all over. We did loads of shows including Large, the Heart n Soul Experience and this – the Company of Friends. This is in my younger days, we loved being on the road, and we didn’t have a care in the world.
We did this video in one day in a multi-storey car park, we had so much fun! The song came about as I had a songwriting session with Minika (left) and we were playing some beats and she said ‘I like the Bass’ and that was it.
We did this to see what it’s like to do a film. I loved it. My character’s name was Temptation Honey.
I broke the disability barriers for people with learning disabilities with this album. I wanted to show if I could do it, so can you. I felt so proud.
I sang with Beverley Knight at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, it was an amazing experience. In the rehearsal I was so nervous, but when it happened for real it was like a walk in a park, I loved it. Beverley was lovely, she likes a cup of English tea and biscuits.
I’ve performed at the Liberty Festival lots of times, but this was a brilliant experience. I was still on a total high from the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. I love the Raging Horns and I love writing for them, every time I write a new piece for them I feel really proud. I love them, they make me sound sexy!
I’m so proud of my new music, it’s all about my experiences. The first EP is called The Clan and it’s about family, togetherness, love and happiness. Now I don’t feel like I have to shout I’m loud and proud, I am who I am and proud of it and if you don’t like it, well tough luck! With my new music it’s not about disability, it’s about me as an artist. This is me at my latest photo shoot. We took photos in my local area in West London, it was great.
New Music: See Me, Part 1, The Clan, released on Friday 6 November, EP launch @ The Albany on Friday 13 November. Click here for details and booking information.
More information: www.lizzieemeh.com