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Press Reviews

(for Memphis Calling)

Randall Parish - Blue Monday monthly

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In summation, Emma's fond musical tribute to thw music that originated in the studios of Memphis, Tennessee is a sincere love letter performed with a passionate respect by everyone involved. On "Memphis Calling", Emma aggressively takes her spot among the premier R&B/Blues singers on the world stage.

"I greatly enjoyed her debut, "Wish Her Well", and this newest effort is even better, and should gain her fervent fans all across the globe."

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Geoff Wilbur's Music Blog

"What a voice! Emma Wilson‘s Memphis Calling is a powerful rhythm and blues record. While I’d primarily classify it as blues, it is a very soulful blues with some pop-friendly melodic playfulness. In any case, I can see why Emma’s press material refers to her as rhythm and blues rather than simply blues, and I’m convinced by this record that it’s an appropriate distinction"

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Andy Snipper - Music-News.com

"Massive heart and a purity of tone that is really exceptional. When the song calls for it, she can get downright sassy – ‘Hoochie Coochie Mama’ – or she can deliver a soul song like ‘A Small Word’ and you think you are listening to a female Otis" - 4 stars

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Stefan Tognoni - Il Polpo Del Blues.com

"Emma Wilson's vocal skills make her an excellent exponent of RnB, with the recent release of 'Memphis Calling' she is proving to be one of the most established singers in the current Blues landscape"

Full article (in Italian)


Peter Marinus - Bluestown Music

"'Memphis Calling' is a sublime soul album by Emma Wilson that is once again a fine British-American collaboration, and the result, just like Dusty Springfield and Lulu, is stunningly beautiful. An album with a soul sound that radiates Memphis soul"

Full article (in Dutch)


Alain Hiot

"A total success, she brings joy to those who like me are nostalgic for the years of STAX & Motown. I hope she graces the French stages very soon and delights us with "Memphis Calling"

Full article (in French)


Phillip Smith (PhillyCheeze)

"Memphis Calling is a spectacular recording. It is going to land as one of my top favorites of the year"

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(for Wish Her Well)

Mike Wistow (Folking.com)

Wish Her Well is a remarkable debut CD... Wilson swaggers with all the style of a woman in command of her music, there’s an edge there, an artist to see live.

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John Reed (Fatea Magazine)

A beautifully produced album with the perfect blend of musicianship to back one of the finest female blues rock voices I've heard in a long time


John Kereiff “The Rock Doctor” (Hot Wax)

Wish Her Well takes you on a journey musically, lyrically and emotionally, and I look forward to taking that trip on a regular basis. - 5 stars


Norman Darwen – Twoj Blues (Poland)

This is not a traditional blues album rather an individual take on the music by a lady who undoubtedly knows how to sing the blues.


(for live shows)

John McCoy for April 2024 edition of 'Blues in Britain' magazine

Emma Wilson - Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees - 11th Feb, 2024

The main auditorium was packed to the rafters, an expectant buzz in the air when something big is about to happen, and 'The Lady' did not disappoint...

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John McCoy is a legendary promoter, known for being the first person to book The Rolling Stones and "Jimmie" [sic] Hendrix outside of London, at his club, 'The Kirk' on Teesside.

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Press Quotes

“EMMA WILSON SINGS THE HELL OUT OF HER SONGS, LIKE SHE’S GOT KEROSENE IN HER VEINS”
ANDY DARLINGTON - INTERNATIONAL TIMES

“WITH THE SWEATY CLAUSTROPHOBIC SOUND OF EARLY CHAKA KHAN FRONT AND CENTRE, EMMA DELIVERS RAW, LUSTY, PRIMAL SOUNDS THAT WILL PLAIN BOWL YOU OVER, KILLER STUFF THAT TAKES ROOTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL”
CHRIS SPECTOR – MIDWEST RECORD

“EMMA CAN GROWL LIKE KOKO, TESTIFY LIKE ARETHA, ROCK LIKE JANIS OR BE AS SOULFUL AS STAX, BUT SHE’S ALWAYS HER OWN WOMAN” 4 STARS
ANDY SNIPPER – RNR MAGAZINE

“A SKILFULL VOCALIST WITH RESTRAINED ELEGANCE – A RECORDING OF REMARKABLE QUALITY”
VICENTE ZUMEL – LAHORADELBLUES.COM (SPAIN)

“SHE MAY NOT GUZZLE WHISKY FROM THE BOTTLE LIKE JANIS JOPLIN BUT HERE WE HAVE A RAW AND SPIRITED EQUAL OF SISTERS-IN–SOUL ACROSS THE ATLANTIC . EMMA PROVES CAPABLE OF SUBTLETY AND DAREDEVILRY IN EQUAL MEASURE, APPLYING BRAKES TO DRAMA THAT LESSER SINGERS MIGHT OVER EMBROIDER. EMMA WILSON IS WELL PLACED TO DEVELOP RATHER THAN MERELY CONSOLIDATE HER CHOSEN GENRE ”
ALAN CLAYSON – BEAT MAGAZINE

“AN INTELLIGENT PERSONAL EXPRESSION OF THE BLUES “
GILLES BLAMPAIN – BLUES AGAIN! (FRANCE)

“EMMA’S SONGS ARE GROOVY, HER VOICE WARM AND POWERFUL AND IMBUED WITH RHYTHM & BLUES”
MARTIN VAN DER VELDE – BLUES MAGAZINE (HOLLAND)

"DEEP SHUFFLY GROOVES WITH A MAVIS STAPLES FEEL AND ABLE TO SPEAK OF THE MOST HURT YOU’VE EVER FELT”
ARTHUR ELY - BLUES IN BRITAIN

“SHE’S AT THE CROSSROADS BETWEEN THE GREAT SINGERS OF STAX AND THE GOUAILLE OF JANIS JOPLIN”
FRED DELFORGE – ZICAZIC.COM (FRANCE)

“A REMARKABLE VOICE, TAKES ME BACK TO WHEN MOTOWN & STAX WERE THROWING DOWN ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE USA, THE MUSIC STRADDLES BOTH FORMS IN AN ULTIMATE SOUL STYLE” 4 STARS
ANDY SNIPPER – MUSICNEWS.COM

SPARSE, MOODY, CRISP BACK BEATS, LYRICAL WITH A SOULFUL EDGE”
CLIVE RICHARDSON - AUTHOR OF “SOUL CITIZEN”

“BEAUTIFULLY DELIVERED SOULFUL BLUES, EMMA’S FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT”
STEVE YOURGLIVCH - BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE

“AN INSPIRED APPROACH TO THE BLUES, ALL THE EVIDENCE YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHY EMMA HAS ALREADY GAINED SUCH A REPUTATION ON THE CONTEMPORARY BLUES SCENE”
UN-HERD – RNR MAGAZINE

“AN EXCELLENT RECORD FROM START TO FINISH”
BLUES IN BRITAIN MAGAZINE

“10 WONDERFULLY CRAFTED SONGS, EMMA IS GAINING A FANBASE ON THE BLUES SCENE AND YOU CAN HEAR WHY, SHE’S SOULFUL & POWERFUL” 4 STARS
BOB FREEMAN - ERB MAGAZINE

“EMMA’S ENGAGING VOCALS HAVE A STARTLING ABILITY TO CONVEY THE STORY CLEARLY AND PASSIONATELY, ITS THE MARK OF A STRONG ALBUM WHEN YOU WANT TO LISTEN REPEATEDLY TO GLEAN EVERY NUANCE” 4 PAWS.
TOM DIXON - BLUESDOODLES

“EMMA WILSON BOOGIES HARD, GETS HUSKY, JUKE JOINT GRITTY AND HAS SWEET FUN ON THIS BLUES ROCKING ALBUM FROM THE NARROW ALLEYS, THINK OF LATE NIGHTS AND LOW CEILINGS”
GEORGE W HARRIS – JAZZ WEEKLY

“MISS EMMA’S SINGING REACHES SOME ASTOUNDING LEVELS OF VIRTUOSITY, SHE’S A BIG DEAL”
DAVE GALLAHER – TALKIN THE BLUES - WUTC.FM

“IF YOU LIKE SMOOTH VOCALS, DELIVERED OVER VINTAGE SOUNDS, THROUGH CLASSIC GEAR , YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH THIS. IT’S CLEAR THERE IS MORE TO COME FROM THIS BLUESY SOUL- DRENCHED SINGER”
GRAEME STROUD – VELVET THUNDER

“LUSCIOUS VOCALS WITH BEAUTIFUL CLARTY AND AN IMPRESSIVE RANGE, ‘WISH HER WELL’ IS A LOVELY OFFERING FROM THE VERY TALENTED EMMA WILSON”
STEVE BANKS - BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE

“VERY ORGANIC AND REAL, GREAT VOCALS “
RICHARD DANIELSON – VINTAGE TROUBLE

“EXCELLENT AS EXPECTED”
STEVE BEASTIE – HARD ROCK HELL RADIO