Multi-platinum recording artist Emily Williams is one of Australia's favourite voices. Celebrated as 'Queen Of The High C's', Emily's incomparable vocal talent has seen her enjoy a huge career at the forefront of the Australian and international entertainment industries.
We first met Emily back in 2005 on Network Ten's 'Australian Idol' where the forklift driving songstress stormed the final two thanks to her iconic renditions of the most vocally challenging songs of all time. Though she ended being the season's runner-up, Emily had already won the hearts of the nation and was well on her way to stardome. Soon after Emily paired with Rikki-Lee, Kate Dearraugo, Paulini and later Jessica Mauboy to form girl group the Young Divas. Delivering two studio albums, multiple national tours and of course the iconic hit 'This Time I Know It's For Real,' the group disbanded to pursue their solo projects.
Never defined by a single genre, when it came to solo music Emily drew inspiration from her soul, pop, dance and R&B influences to deliver something uniquely her. Refining her personal music style, Emily dropped 'Uncovered' in 2011 to rave reviews and even a 'Female Artist Of The Year' nomination. The success of album singles 'Spellbound', 'You're Mine' and 'Get It' led to extensive touring, international features and major televised performances,
As a Fiji-Samoan woman, born and raised in New Zealand, Emily grew up surrounded by culture, tradition and Christian values. Heritage and self identity has always been hugely important to her and is something she hopes to instill in the next generation of performers. It was with this in mind that Emily initiated the 'Inspire Tour', a not-for-profit initiative that takes music, industry knowledge and inspiration to schools, churches and communities across Australia and the pacific region. She hopes that in some small way she can give back to the community, after all, it was in church performing gospel music, that she first had the opportunity to shine.
Musical success continued for Emily with singles, feature tracks and concept shows dropping constantly. These releases were brought together on 'The Collection' an album that celebrated Emily's musical journey and her international partnerships. Always in huge demand, while promoting the release, Emily made her acting debut in Universal Pictures film 'Boar' and signed her first musical theatre role.
After enduring a forced break from live performance due to COVID, Emily delivered new music. Self penned album 'Thirty-Something' showcased a more vulnerable Emily with her incredible vocal channeled through nineties infused musicality. The album was praised by critics and fans alike who applauded Emily's diverse approach to musical artistry. Post release she joined orchestral dance experience 'Synthony' as headline act, a project she's excited to continue through 2022.
Despite her incredible commercial success and television projects, Emily is never more at home than when she's on stage. As one of Australia's most in-demand live performers, you never know what an Emily Williams show will bring. One thing's for sure, Emily is a once in a generation talent.
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