Fresh from a busy summer, rising Dublin soul sensation Emma Lou & The Agenda have announced a headline show Upstairs in Whelan’s on Thursday 8th September.
Emma Lou released her self titled debut EP in April and quickly followed it up with appearances at Longitude, FLAME and Le Cheile festivals. Before the summer ends you’ll also be able to catch her at the Electric Picnic before she takes to the stage for her own headline show in Whelan’s.
Like many girls born in the 90s, growing up with and aspiring to become one of the Spice Girls was the norm. This was no different from newcomer Emma Lou, who has no qualms in admitting that the ‘Wannabe’ singers inspired her to write her first song at age 7.
To release her yearnings for a taste of the music industry, in 2008 Emma Lou decided to create her own Youtube page; the channel now stands at over 850,000 views. It wasn’t until American blogger Perez Hilton found and followed Emma Lou which lead to her receiving what she describes as “some honourable mentions in his cover contests” including a tweet of her Calvin Harris cover song to his 6.2 million followers. Hilton continues to watch Emma Lou regularly, keeping in touch with the rising singer.
Her range of influences is undeniably heard through her current EP that includes leading tracks and favourites such as Trouble Tonight and Reason.
Emma Lou’s musical touch was steered by her love of the bluesy Etta James, Prince’s funk, with touches of RnB and rap from the likes of Janelle Monae and Nicki Minaj not to mention the jazzy element heard throughout, inspired by the late and great Amy Winehouse.
2 – 4 Sept Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Laois – Trailer Park Stage
8 Sept Upstairs @ Whelan’s, Dublin