Talented songbird jumps into jazz
JAZZ isn't Emma Bell's conventional style of music, but the 14-year-old said she has grown to love it.
“My favourite style at the moment is (British singer) Adele and her music – she has the loveliest voice,” she said.
“I really like singing those blues or swing types of songs.”
This weekend, the accomplished singer-songwriter will take to the stage at Frankie's on the Green for one of the Jumpers and Jazz events.
The Assumption College student has been singing since she was five years old, and can double up with the piano or guitar – the latter of which she taught herself just two years ago.
While many would struggle to concentrate on two things at once, Emma said it grows out of experience.
“I guess it's just practice – I'm always singing and playing at once and I've done it for a bit,” she said.
“It's probably a bit harder playing the piano than the guitar when I'm singing, just because there are more notes to think about.”
Performing in front of a crowd isn't daunting for Emma either, although she said when it is part of a competition it is nerve-racking.
Asked where she inherited her musical talent from, she said she wasn't sure.
“My dad plays the guitar, so I guess from him – he showed me a few chords when I was first learning,” she said.
Mum Wendy Bell joked it couldn't have been from her.
“I couldn't do what she does, getting up on stage and performing,” she said.
Emma will perform this Saturday, July 23, at Frankie's on the Green from 6.30pm.
Tickets are $110 per person or two for $200 and include a three-course dinner.