On a Sunday afternoon—market day—on holiday with her family, Emily Burns gave her first public performance. Taking a box from one of the stalls, she propped herself up onto it, standing ever so slightly taller than the tables of fruit and vegetables. She gave the market-goers a rendition of Macy Gray’s ‘I Try’. Within the first line, Burns had the crowd’s full attention. From this very first performance over fifteen years ago, Burns not only demonstrated her urgent and instinctive need to communicate through music, but her inborn ability to captivate a crowd, too.
Born in Scotland and raised in Rugby, from very early on, Burns’ musical DNA was formed with what she calls “great songwriter music” but what others might refer to as “dad music.” Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Eric Clapton, Elton John—were routinely played around the house. But Burns’ eye was very quickly turned towards the singer who had managed to harness the rock and roll authenticity of her parents’ CD collection, with the spectacle of pop performance—P!NK. With these as her influences, Burns very quickly developed her own musical perspective and mission statement—songs which had to be honest, accessible, and have the potential to connect to absolutely anyone.