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Emily’s music is certainly turning heads..what an out-and-out epic – a thing of beauty!


– Snowboy (DJ, producer)


Critically-acclaimed vocalist, producer, composer, Emily Saunders drops her new single Rugged Waves and immediately hits Apple Music’s leading official playlist for the UK jazz scene!


‘Rugged Waves’, throws open the doors to summer allowing sunshine to stream in – the first enticing taste of her exciting, most powerful work to date.

Listen here ⬇️ 🙂



Come and hear Emily perform live kicking off her much-anticipated album release and UK launch tour – an unforgettable musical evening that will take you on a musical ride in an exclusive performance. 


Live: September 16th 2023, The Forge, London


More info and to book tickets: https://dice.fm/event/dqy9o-emily-saunders-16th-sep-the-forge-london-tickets


A prolific and skilled songwriter, producer, described by musician and broadcaster Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2 as “Absolutely Brilliant,” Emily balances virtuosity and adventurous musicianship of the highest order – future-jazz and broken-beat inspired, with a catchy pop sensibility, that sees her voice dance around her infectious tunes that worm their way into your brain and stay there.


With its upbeat driving bassline, insistent groove, and edges of drum ‘n’ bass, Rugged Waves powers forward with sunshine in its heart “Dipping through the waves we go, just being out there..”, as infectious, spirited, spacious, airy vocals wrap around your ears, reflecting a call for much needed connectedness and being as one with nature, as people ‘dip and dive’ as fishes in the sea.


Rugged Waves was inspired when visiting friends in Greece, sitting on the edge of a rocky cove, with rugged waves splashing, “dipping and diving” around her. Surrounded by nature and mountains in the distance, Emily wrote the bassline, grooves and lyrics to this upbeat vibey tune, then took it home – composing, arranging and producing in her London studio.



Emily Saunders says “Waking in the morning or just walking down the road, my mind trips over melodies, riffs, bass grooves, and words becoming lyrics and poems, reflecting the world we see around us, and experiences I have had. I love painting pictures with sound, textures, and language that captures moments in time, enabling me to say what I feel I need to say.”


Born in London, raised in Brixton, Emily’s music has achieved Top 10 in international iTunes and Amazon charts in the UK, USA, Germany, France and Indonesia, receiving multiple 4 star reviews including: Evening Standard, Guardian, Independent, and Daily Telegraph. Her music has received plays on BBC Radio1, 2, 3, 4, 6, Jazz FM as well as national stations around the world, in the US, Japan, Australia, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Abu Dhabi, México, Uruguay, South Korea and South Africa.


Listen to Emily’s new single release ‘Rugged Waves’ and her other works on Spotify:


Previous Accolades:


“Absolutely brilliant” – Jamie Cullum BBC Radio2


★★★★ “Next big thing” – Evening Standard


★★★★ “Musicality, poise and ingenuity – Saunders is the real deal” – The Guardian


“Very very special.. it’s beautiful.. Wow.. She’s absolutely terrific.. phenomenal” – BBC Radio Ulster


★★★★ “a soundworld both unified and unique – highly impressive” – The Arts Desk


★★★★ “a fascinating cocktail of influences, utterly original, an impressive statement” – Jazzwise


“The outrageously good Emily Saunders. An extraordinary talent” – JazzFM


★★★★ “Jazz album of the year so far” – The Independent


“The UK’s queen of jazz-fusion” – Snowboy




Check out Emily’s website and social media for more information about her work:


Website: http://emilysaunders.co.uk/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilysounds 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilysounds/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKbU0VSYeSDFXiOItic424A 

Twitter / X: https://twitter.com/emilysounds

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