Emily Louise is an experienced and diverse performer and has enjoyed a varied and exciting 10 year career in the entertainment and theatre industry. Emily’s experience includes theatre shows, cruise ships, international events, session singing, TV work and residencies across the UK.
Emily’s passion for performing started at the tender age of three when she first started ballet lessons; this very quickly became her favourite hobby as well as putting on shows in her living room for all the family. Her first large scale production was at The London Palladium at the age of eight, where she sang a number of solos as Annie in a Variety Performance. From there, Emily found many prestigious stages to perform upon; Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sadler's Wells, Theatre Royal and even The Royal Albert Hall on her twelfth birthday. Realising that she very much wanted to make a career out of performing, Emily attended London Studio Centre at the age of 16, moving to London and setting up home there for the next three years. After her three years of training, Emily’s first professional job was working as a lead singer and dancer on The Pride Of Bilbao where she played Rizzo in Grease and also performed each day in the other on-board shows. Never one for sitting still, Emily also took on a number of addition roles such as compering the horse racing and numerous Cabarets. It was thanks to these cabarets that Emily got the idea to start performing as a solo artist back in the UK. When she completed her contract in January 2009, Emily bought her first PA and started performing at pubs, clubs, bars, and restaurants across Surrey, Kent and Essex. She quickly found that her initial PA was now too small, and so upgraded to a larger one, and started to perform as a solo singer for events on a bigger scale. At the same time, Emily was also auditioning for London West End shows and UK touring shows.
Emily realised during her numerous auditions for London shows that she was often seen as a ‘dancer’ rather than a ‘singer’ so to change this, later that year (2009), Emily embarked on a postgraduate course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to hone her singing and acting skills further. During that year, Emily performed in a number of in house productions and took part in a few short films. The year concluded with one of Emily’s favourite shows to date, where Emily was one of six cast members in ‘A . . . My Name is Alice’ performing at The New Player’s Theatre in Charing Cross. Emily and the cast of ‘A . . . My Name is Alice’ also went onto do a number of corporate performances with excerpts from the show for the WOW Festival at the Southbank Centre and as part of Vamps, Vixens and Feminists at The Young Vic with the Sphinx Theatre Company In 2011, after ‘A . . . My Name is Alice’
Emily then auditioned for Veritas Entertainment to become a member of The Andelini Sisters (now named The Boogie Belles). Thrilled at getting the part, Emily was then lucky enough to travel to some very exciting parts of the world with the group. The girls worked as Guest Entertainers for Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Holland America travelling to Hawaii, Tahiti, Pago Pago, San Diego, Eygpt and Athens to name a few. What an amazing few months that was! As well as performing their own show, the girls also joined The Rat Pack tribute ‘Swingin’ at the Sands’ for a mini tour of Scotland where they performed at Aberdeen’s Music Hall and Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.
Another show that Emily appeared in during this time was ‘A Little Bit of Rodgers and Hammerstein’ written and produced by Victoria Gimby at The Hertford Theatre where she went back to her routes with a ballet solo as well as some vocal performances.
Emily also established herself as a voiceover artist and her first professional voiceover was part of Alison Jackson’s Fake Take for The Sunday Times. In later years Emily also did some voiceover work for Google and Virgin Media. Of course throughout all of this time, as well as continually auditioning for new shows in and out of London, Emily was still working as a very busy solo singer for weddings, parties and events and also began performing with MIB, a fantastic function band.
The next big venture for Emily was in June 2013 when she auditioned for Belinda King, to become the lead vocalist on-board the prestigious Cunard Queen Elizabeth ocean liner. Offered the job right there and then on the spot, Emily had a big decision to make. The contract was nine months long plus a two month rehearsal process in Northampton so Emily would be leaving the UK for a year and that can be a scary prospect when you are a busy and established singer, having worked extremely hard to build your name. You never really know what you will return to. Emily accepted the job and it was the best decision she ever made. Not only, because it was the trip of a lifetime, but also because that is where she met the love of her life, her husband, Dr John David Brown (recently seen on 24 Hours in A & E). So the year that followed really was the best year of Emily’s life. Emily and her cast sailed right around the world from Southampton, to New York, down and through the Panama Canal, up to Hawaii, across to Australia, Japan, China, Singapore, up to Israel and then back to Europe. Just a few off of the bucket list!
Returning to dry land in May 2014, it was certainly not easy for Emily to regain all of her previous venues and gigs but working hard as always, Emily found some new venues to perform at and also started to sing with a number of different groups and bands..
The next big break for Emily came later that year when she auditioned for Spirit Productions. Emily was cast as the lead vocalist in ‘Hooray for Hollywood’, which was going to tour 33 cities in China for just over three months. A very interesting and eye opening experience (although extremely cold). It was certainly not an easy three months, being apart from her beau but David came to join Emily for the last few weeks of the tour. Following on from this tour, Emily did some additional performances for Spirit Prodcutions in their show ‘Putting on the Ritz’ back in the UK the following Summer 2015 at both The Grand Theatre Blackpool and Bristol Hippodrome.
At the same time in 2015, Emily was cast as Lorina Liddell in ‘CLD – The Real Lewis Carroll’ working with Oxford Music Theatre which was performed at the Petworth Fringe Festival. Emily also started performing with Motown Supreme, a fantastic high energy show filled with all the motown classics for weddings and corporate events. In 2016, Emily started singing with The Dukebox Singers and the girls had the pleasure of performing at The Grand National in Aintree which was a very exciting event to be part of. Later in 2016, Emily had the joy of returning to ‘CLD-The Real Lewis Carroll’ for a longer run in Oxford over the Summer months.
The Boogie Belles had a very busy start to 2017, with numerous performances at Warner Leisure Hotels so Emily had a lovely time with those shows. They also flew to Spain to perform once again with their fellow Rat Pack Show at The Benidorm Palace.
2017 marked a very exciting new venture for Emily as she joined the cast of ‘A New Flame’ as a backing vocalist in the Simply Red tribute show. Emily has been a huge fan of Simply Red forever (thanks to her Mum) so she was absolutely thrilled to become part of this super show. The cast have performed at some lovely venues so far including The Stables, Theatre on the Steps and The Radlett Centre to name a few.
Another exciting venture for 2017, was Emily’s audition with Revival Live. After a successful audition, Emily started performing in three of Revival’s shows; The D-Day Darlings, The Bombshell Belles and The Hollywood Starlets. Emily enjoyed performances at some very exciting events including Chalke Valley History Festival, Back to the Beaches 2017 Event with The Taxi Charity in Normandy, Games Com Annual Event in Cologne and a run of Christmas performances at the stunning Coombe Abbey.
However, the most exciting performance of 2017 for Emily, had to be the Sabaton Cruise. The girls (The Bombshell Belles) first performed for Sabaton in the Summer of 2017 in Cologne and were then invited to perform on their annual cruise in December. And what an event it was! You can see lots of photos in Emily’s gallery. A metal band and vintage act collaboration is certainly not what many people expect but it has proven very popular amongst the fans Emily also started singing for The Singing Staff in 2017.
So here we are in 2018, and Emily has a lot of projects in the pipeline. You can currently find Emily performing in ‘A Beautiful Noise – The Neil Diamond Story’ with theatre dates all over the UK. Her newest personal project is Jazz and The Tonics and Emily is hoping to take lots of new bookings for that. Of course, she is still very busy running ELM Agency and still performing with almost all of the acts and shows you’ve read about; A New Flame, The Boogie Belles, MIB, Motown Supreme, The D-Day Darlings, The Bombshell Belles, the Hollywood Starlets, and of course with her own solo shows. Who knows what the future holds . . . but we hope it’s as exciting as the last 10 years!