Emma Buckley
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Emma Buckley

Derby, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Derby, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Pop Indie




"Emma Buckley: Don’t Tell Me EP – breathtaking acoustic solo debut"

Derby based singer songwriter Emma Buckley might appear to have come from nowhere to the uninitiated, but she’s actually been a very smart cookie by not releasing a solo EP until she’d got a bazillion gigs under her belt, both in her own right and with her university band Ruby Sky. This has allowed her to hone her craft to the highest level as both a performer and a songwriter and that is immediately apparent on this debut solo record.

Emma’s musical journey began with learning the cello as an eight-year-old and her talent for music quickly blossomed, making her place at Paul McCartney‘s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts a dead cert. Ah, so she did a music degree, whatever, I hear you cry – but getting into LIPA is practically impossible, folks. Only 4% of applicants are successful and LIPA is not the X Factor with a certificate at the end. You learn how to actually craft songs, perform them to a professional level and more importantly, understand exactly how the music industry works in the twenty first century. Sir Macca himself handed over her degree when she graduated. Emma also has heritage – for those of you old enough to remember him, Emma’s Dad is Ray Buckley – formerly of what was arguably one of Derby’s most successful touring bands, folk rockers The New Cranes.

As a result, her debut solo EP Don’t Tell Me is a collection of perfectly crafted and very mature acoustic pop songs, with ear worm choruses and extremely sassy lyrics. On the surface, the five songs she’s chosen to release appear to be standard tales of unrequited love and relationships falling apart, but lyrically, they are far from that. Basically Emma is not putting up with your crap any more, boys. She’s got you all sussed. Prove You Wrong easily gives Ed Sheeran a run for his money with its pop-sensibilities making the perfect backdrop for a venomous, biting ‘your loss, not mine’ break up song that flip-reverses the standard dynamic.

Title track Don’t Tell Me is equally clever with its similar narrative, but delivered in a fragile, breathy and intimate way that has you spellbound, while Walk Of Shame is ruthless in its analysis of those vacuous one-night-stand types who’s only goal is to add you to add you to a list of their conquests, share the photos of it on social media and move on to the next.

See My Butterflies however, is the most heart wrenching song out of the lot – A ‘coming of age’ unrequited love story with stunning lyrical imagery (‘the world looks so much more beautiful when it’s reflecting off your eyes, so look in mine and see my butterflies’) and a ‘it’s never too late’ turn-around ending that leaves you punching the air.

Don’t Tell Me is an all round stunning debut from a woman who, while at the start of her professional music career, is already at the top of her game. If I was to add any criticism to this EP, it would be ‘get a band’ – while solo acoustic music is currently enjoying a renaissance thanks to the likes of the aforementioned Mr Sheeran, I can’t help but think Ms Buckley‘s true potential as a multi-instrumentalist with a stunning voice could be fully unlocked as part of a band with a debut album. Then she’d be a 6 out of 5.

5/5 - Pete Darrington (Storge)

"Live Review: The Glass Child & Emma Buckley, The Maze Nottingham, 3rd Sept 2017"

Unbeknownst to me Emma Buckley had been stood near me for a large part of the evening, but as soon as her set began I was captivated by her stage presence. Performing songs from her new Don’t Tell Me EP, you could sense the raw emotion that went into her songwriting as she sang about lost love, and the confusing melting pot of feelings that is youth. Her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Songbird’ really let her arresting vocals shine, but it was ‘They Need You’ that really spoke to me, and stood out as the highlight of her wonderful set. Regaling the true tales of some of Liverpool’s veterans, the poignant song of peace showcased Emma’s heartfelt lyricism and a wisdom beyond her years. Emma’s songwriting skills surpassed my already high expectations, and as such she has found herself a loyal new fan, eager for more! - James Fenney (Belwood Music)


Lucas is about to embark on a 12 city tour of the UK with his solo multimedia show “An Evening with Gary Lucas: From Beefheart to Buckley and Beyond”, an overview of his career and 30 plus album catalog focusing on his work with Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) and Jeff Buckley.

Special guest vocalists include award-winner Emma Buckley, Luke De-Scisio, Addie Brik and Yass Body on selected dates performing some of Gary Lucas and Jeff Buckley’s classic songs. - Eastwood Guitars


Don't Tell Me

For The Night

When It's Easy

See My Butterflies

I Gave It All

That Way

Walk Alone

One Day At A Time

They Need You

Walk Of Shame

More Than I Can Take

Back Here



Fresh off her UK tour supporting The View's Kyle Falconer, Derby born singer/songwriter Emma Buckley & her band create a unique sound that combines elements of pop, folk, and indie rock, falling somewhere between the rebellious pop of Pink and the folk-rock of Sam Fender. Emma has spent time honing and mastering a writing style that carries the depth and experience of a soul much older and wiser than her own, with finely crafted lyrics and catchy hooks.

Following her success in Nashville's ‘Bluebird to Bluecoat’ songwriting competition whilst studying her BA in Music at LIPA in Liverpool, she stunned audiences on her debut UK headline tour with Charlotte Eriksson (The Glass Child) and went on to support the likes of Lucy Spraggan & Another Sky. While others spend hours on production to come up with their respective masterpieces, Emma just has to pick up her guitar and sing with that haunting, soulful voice and we are directly transported to her world. 

Emma's music demonstrates a level of emotional intelligence that surpasses the expectations of your average pop singer. Delivering songs of empowerment, often about overcoming heartbreak or with socially conscious themes, it's no surprise the lasting impact her music is having on her ever-growing fanbase.

With over 100,000 organic streams on Spotify and a dedicated following around the world, Emma has spent time nurturing her grassroots fanbase and plays an important role in the developing midlands music scene. She has gained extensive media coverage and online recognition for her movements, featuring heavily on BBC Radio Derby and BBC Introducing in the East midlands for both her own music and the regular music events she is running locally. With an albums worth of full band material recorded & some exciting song writing collaborations & features set for release, 2020 is certainly going to be a big year. 

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