Emma Birdsall is a young Sydney jazz vocalist who has enjoyed almost five years of commercial success as a singer, songwriter and theatre actor in the Australian scene. She used to think her future lay in the kitchen as a chef, but a string of dazzling performances on the first season of The Voice (Australia's highest rating TV show of all time) whisked her off that path and into a full-time career as one of the country's freshest and most versatile performers...
A natural on and off the screen, Emma has a gift with words as both a singer-songwriter and a polished public speaker. She has spent time training at reputable Sydney acting studio 'The Actor's Pulse'; performed as the character Miriam Aarons in a sold out season of the critically acclaimed 1936 play 'The Women' for Sydney Fringe festival; lead a month-long stage show in Indonesia and collaborated with some of the best Australian writers, producers and musicians on her work.
Emma has toured as a support act for US band One Republic, performed in front of 90,000 people at Sydney's Carols in the domain and most recently was a featured soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. She absolutely loves a grand stage, but says she feels most at home when she can see and hear her audience, performing in intimate and relaxed settings.
On screen, the 25 year old has made dazzling appearances in all four seasons of 9’s smash hit drama ‘Love Child’. Channeling the soul singing chanteuses of the 60’s and 70's, Emma’s performances of classics such as ‘This Girl's In Love’, ‘Wild World', 'What A Man' and 'Dark End Of The Street' have been mesmerising, capturing the attention of not only the public, but some of Australia’s most reputable acting agents. She hopes to further pursue film and television in the near future.
Among her creative pursuits, Birdsall has also taken on seasonal ambassadorial roles for projects with Compassion Australia, Barnardos Australia, Stand Tall, The Reach Foundation, Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation and OzHarvest, and dipped her toes into the racing world as an ambassador for the Australian Turf Club during Spring Carnival in 2013.
When this young singer opens her mouth and croons out the standards so beautifully, it's clear those early days listening to Sinatra, Ella, Peggy Lee and Judy Garland have had their effect. She is a polished professional with a real warmth, depth and openness that shines bright when she performs and blends perfectly into other roles, regularly hosting/MC'ing events, recording voiceovers and engaging in radio and live television appearances.
Emma currently holds a Winter residency at Sydney venue, Hotel Centennial, performing exclusively at the venue throughout July, whilst working on recording her debut jazz album, set to be released later this year.