The greatest gift to Australian Jazz Vocals in the last decade
Emma Pask has been described as “The greatest gift to Australian Jazz Vocals in the last decade” by James Morrison, Australia’s most awarded jazzman. Her talent was spotted by James Morrison during one of his regular visits to high schools when she was just 16. She sang with his band that night and has been touring with Morrison around Australia and overseas, ever since.
While Emma’s voice and style are unique, and individually her own, her performances are reminiscent of the classic era of jazz, when swing was top of the charts. By request, in 2006, Emma performed the Bridal Waltz at Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s wedding, also performing through the evening with a swinging set of big band numbers with the Sydney All Star Big Band.
Earlier that same year, Emma was awarded the Mo Award for “Jazz Vocalist of the year”. Emma has been a regular guest on national TV shows including Hey, Hey Its Saturday, the Midday Show, Good Morning Australia, the Today show. Emma has performed to VIP audiences including the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Princess Mary of Denmark, and the Prime Minister of Australia.
Christmas time 2011, Emma had her debut appearance on Channel 9’s Carols by Candlelight. 2012 began with performances in Uruguay, South America, for which Emma received Rave Reviews, and continued on to Switzerland where she performed at the Ascona Jazz Festival. Following the enormous success of her first 2 albums, “Emma” and “This Madness called Love”, Emma has released her third solo album, “Some other Spring”.
Emma’s voice can be heard on numerous Television Commercials and movie soundtracks. She has performed to audiences of up to 80,000 people, sung in London at The Queen Elizabeth Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra, in China with The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, in Auckland with the NZ Philharmonic, with Barbara Morrison, Don Burrows, Ed Wilson, Conductor Sean O’Boyle, with the WA Symphony Orchestra, recorded with the BBC Big Band in London, performed at the Phillips International Jazz Festival in Kuala Lumpur, at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, in Cape Town S.A with the Darius Brubeck Trio, toured her band ‘The Emma Pask Quintet” through Laos and Singapore, performed in Rome Italy, and has performed at the Sydney Opera House, guesting alongside James Morrison with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Despite her achievements and the international recognition of her talent, Emma retains her natural, refreshing and unpretentious, positive approach to life. James Morrison says “Whilst it’s fashionable to be a jazz singer these days, Emma is the real thing!”