Emma McGrath Emma McGrath Harpenden It’s a rare occurrence, but once in a while a fully formed talent emerges, seemingly from nowhere. This is exactly what happened when Emma McGrath released debut EP ‘The Judgement’ in 2014, with BBC Introducing awarding her ‘Track of the Week’ twice over. 2018’s follow up, ‘Silent Minds’, received a similar response with first single 'Love You Better’ featuring on Spotify New Music Friday US, going viral globally and achieving over 1.8 million streams to date. The EP began a series of three thematically inter-connecting EPs, which continues with ‘Keep Your Eyes Open’ (‘Silent Minds Pt 2’) released on Young Poet Records in January 2020. Emma first picked up a guitar aged 10 and has been writing songs ever since. Having been by her own admission “not very good at talking”, song writing quickly became a vital means of expression. This need for expression was born from Emma’s experiences growing up in the UK during the 2010s. A product of a diverse and modern society, she admits she found adolescence a confusing time, identifying as gay when her friends were spread across a broad LGBT+ spectrum. Taking musical inspiration from a broad range of influences that reflect both a love of song writing and good pop music, 19 year-old Emma counts Tracy Chapman, Tove Lo, Missy Higgins, Banks and Brandi Carlisle amongst her heroes. With a resounding maturity and astute understanding of the world and modern life, it’s clear that Emma McGrath has much, much more to say.