Emma Grace Stephenson is an Australian pianist and songwriter who has shared the stage with prolific musicians and bands such as Ingrid and Christine Jensen (Canada/US), Gian Slater, the Sirens Big Band, Sandy Evans, Greg Gould (Australia’s Got Talent 2013), and Brittanie Shipway (The Voice 2014). Her music combines rhythmic, harmonic, and improvisatory elements from her roots as a modern jazz pianist, with folk-pop songwriting influences.
Emma is the latest recipient of the ‘Jann Rutherford Memorial’ award for young women in the Australian jazz scene. This award facilitated a collaboration with the award winning Australian vocalist, Gian Slater, culminating in performances for the Melbourne and Sydney Women’s Jazz Festivals, and a recording at ABC studios in late 2016. An album of this work will be released in early 2017.
Emma’s blog and podcast ‘Stuff You Can’t Say With Jazz Piano’ was launched in mid 2016 as a creative side project and a platform for voicing thoughts that can not be adequately expressed through the otherwise gratifying art form of music!