Emma Smith

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Emma Smith, staff at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, singing in formal dress


Emma Smith is one of the most established jazz vocalists in the UK. For 15 years, her genre spanning, accessible performance style has enthralled existing jazz audiences and introduced myriad concert goers to the iconic jazz repertoire that has influenced contemporary music for generations. One third of vocal harmony group The Puppini Sisters, she has sung with Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Goldie and Seal. Emma is a proud member of the Ronnie Scotts All Stars and a band leader in her own right, performing at iconic jazz clubs and festivals across the globe for the last decade, doing much to bring jazz music into the mainstream whilst maintaining tradition and artistic integrity. Emma won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Musicians Of The Year in 2013, the Rising Star Award at the London Music Awards in 2015 and was a finalist in the Montreux Jazz Vocal competition which happens every seven years. 

Her performer credentials are supported by a deep musical understanding. Emma was the first Jazz Vocalist to attend the Purcell School of Music, where she began to focus on vocal improvisation and performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. Emma then went on to attend the Royal Academy of Music where she was the first vocalist to be accepted on to the jazz course in 12 years, she received a 1st class Honours degree in 2013 and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2020.