EMMA Volard has always shown a keen interest in music, from dancing to Kylie Minogue songs as a kid to singing in music classes in high school.
And now the 20-year-old singer is about to release her debut album.
But she needs your assistance to help make it happen.
Emma – who grew up in Melbourne and moved to Phillip Island as a teenager – has a bright future ahead of her.
Between performing gigs, studying in the city and working in the Bass Coast, Emma’s aiming to launch an album with around a dozen songs.
The artist describes her music as future-soul; a fusion of jazz, RnB and soul.
At age 14, she moved to Phillip Island and enrolled at Newhaven College.
Emma’s music teacher encouraged her to consider singing as a career – previously she only did it for fun – and soon enough, the teenager was in a soul band.
“I definitely wouldn’t have pursued singing if it wasn’t for my teacher,” said Emma, who’s also a star football player with the Bass Coast Breakers.
Emma’s studying a Bachelor of Music at Monash University while her latest single ‘Arachne’ is on rotation on digital radio station Triple J Unearthed.
Plus, her debut single ‘Empty Spaces’ has been played on Triple J; alongside spins on Triple R, PBS and Joy FM.
On the first Saturday of each month,
Wonthaggi pianist Jake Amy performs with Emma at the Kilcunda Ocean View Hotel.
“I sing within a band under my name and there’s usually about seven or eight of us. We all connect and get along really well.
“When you love performing with a group of people; that’s when you make great music.
“I’d love to inspire someone to do what they love, even if it’s not music.”
Emma has also been working on a video that will showcase the small communities of Kilcunda, Archies Creek and Ryanston.
“It’s so beautiful down here,” Emma said of why she made the video.
“I really hope in the next five to 10 years that I’m still performing and hopefully travelling to places like Europe and New York.”
Emma’s started an online fundraiser to help pay all the “ripper” musicians who will appear on the debut album, alongside post-production and other costs.
To donate, go to https://www.pozible.com/profile/emma-volard-1
Emma will be performing at the Wonthaggi Street Festival on Saturday, April 13.
But before that, she will be on stage at the Melbourne BeerFest this Saturday, March 2.