Emma McGann
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Emma McGann

Coventry, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE | AFM

Coventry, United Kingdom | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2010
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"Livestreaming for a Living (2017)"

Are live broadcasts over the internet the new fast-track to fame? And why are they so big in China?

Manuela Saragosa meets two of this new breed of internet celebrity: Emma McGann is a musician who performs her songs on the YouNow site. Meanwhile over on the Twitch platform, the popular video gamer known as Spamfish is in real life Tim Mines, an unemployed man who discovered that his favourite past-time could actually earn him a decent living.

In China, livestreaming is already a $3 billion business, and still growing fast. We hear from Scott Zhang, founding partner of PurpleSky, which owns one of the country's biggest livestreaming apps, known as Inke. So could it catch on in the West? We ask Paul Verna, senior analyst at eMarketer. - BBC Business Daily, World Service (Radio)


"YouTube Announces Latest NextUp Winners 2017"

The winners of the latest YouTube NextUp competition have been announced, and will start their workshops on 22 May.

NextUp offers hand-picked creators the opportunity to better their channels by participating in a Creator Camp, as well as a voucher for £1,750 with which they can buy equipment they may want or need. After the camp is over, YouTube offers continued support to the graduates for at least three months with their partnership services. The camp helps the creators learn what they need to improve in terms of production values, teaches them about camera techniques and when and how to use them, and involves them in tasks that help them think about their audience and how they can grow their channels.

Among the previous graduates of YouTube’s now-five-years-old programme are well-known names like Jack Howard, Lex Croucher, Jamie Spicer-Lewis, Jenny Bingham, and Lucy Moon. - Ten Eighty Magazine (2017)


"Singer beats superstar George Ezra in iTunes Charts"

A struggling singer has become an online popstar and even beaten George Ezra in the iTunes chart after recording a song in her bedroom about her pet pugs.
Emma McGann, 25, from Bedworth, Warwickshire, started singing in talent shows and open mic nights ten years ago but failed to attract the attention of record companies.
She decided to ditch live gigs last October, and instead started performing her songs on the internet.

She now reaches more than 70,000 fans around the world and even managed to reach number 14 in the iTunes chart in June with her debut song 'You Mess Me Up'

At its peak, the song was above George Ezra's 'Listen To The Man', and only narrowly beaten by Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud'.
Miss McGann now earns an average of £2,000-a-month from performing live-streaming gigs from her bedroom, using live-streaming video chat website YouNow.

'When I heard about the site I thought it could be a good way of raising my profile,' she said.
'I didn't expect this kind of success when I signed up. I thought it would be like any other social networking site. I had no idea it would bring me this much success.
'I'm making between £1,500 and £2,000-a-month through the site.
'I'm in a position now where I've got so many fans I can practically arrange my own online gigs from home.
'In June I released a single called 'You Mess Me Up' which reached number 14 in the iTunes chart. I was in between Ed Sheeran and George Ezra. I couldn't believe it.

'I've always written and performed in the pop style and my audience is quite young, mostly teenagers. It's split pretty evenly between boys and girls from what I can tell.
'I perform in a home studio which used to be a study. When things started to take off I had a soundproof booth put in so I didn't disturb the neighbours.
'I want to move into the mainstream music industry. I haven't been approached by any record companies yet but I would really love to get a deal.
'I broadcast once or twice a day and money that I'm making is enough to cover my bills and then some.
'The reality is I'm sitting and performing to a camera but the people who are interacting with you on there make you forget about the online environment and it's a very social experience.'
Miss McGann also produces her own music videos with the help of her partner James Plester, 26, a sound engineer.
He said: 'The main thing for me is connecting to people..
'The fact that Emma can now go live at any time of the day and have fans across the world listening in - and many of them are just eating their breakfast - is just incredible.' - Daily Mail, (2015)


"Struggling Singer bites Ed Sheeran's heels"

A struggling singer has become an internet pop star and broken into the top 20 of the UK Charts by performing across the world - from her BEDROOM.

Emma McGann, 25, started singing in talent shows and open mic nights ten years ago but failed to attract the attention of record companies.

Incredibly, she now has more than 70,000 fans around the world and reached number 14 in the UK Charts in June with her debut hit You Mess Me Up.

"I had no idea it would bring me this much success. I'm making between £1,500 and £2,000-a-month through the site. I'm in a position now where I've got so many fans I can practically arrange my own online gigs from home.

"In June I released a single called You Mess Me Up which reached number 14 in the iTunes chart. I was in between Ed Sheeran and George Ezra. I couldn't believe it."

Speaking about her writing style, she explained: "I've always written and performed in the pop style and my audience is quite young, mostly teenagers. It's split pretty evenly between boys and girls from what I can tell. - Daily Mirror, (2015)


"StudyvoxFM Award Winner Artist of the Month"

StudyVox FM award winner Emma McGann was named Band of the Month for June by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. The Coventry University music composition student has had an eventful few years as she has set up her own music night and met Kylie Minogue at The StudyVox Bursary Awards in February. Emma has also just released her debut album ‘Start The Show’.

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire caught up with Emma to ask her a few questions...

How did you get in to music?

I've always played really. I taught myself guitar and wrote songs from as far back as I can remember. Guitar's my first instrument but I dabble in others... drums being a favourite! Eventually I decided to play around some live music nights around Coventry which people seemed to really enjoy and it sort of took off from there.

What have been your musical highlights so far?

Performing to Kylie tops the list of course. Surreal like you would not believe! And as for winning a music award, I'd never won a thing in my life, if you don't include the odd pub quiz.

Tell us a bit about your debut album

It's due to be released in Summer 2010. Very excited about it all! It's entitled Start the Show, mostly pop and indie tracks but I squeezed a couple of acoustic goodies in there too! Really this is the first music project I've taken seriously. The reaction we had from people after listening to the tracks in their early stages motivated us to put the album together. I couldn't have done it without everyone involved in the project and the support I've had from family and friends. Do keep an ear out and grab yourselves a copy.

What are your plans for the rest of 2010?

Apart from the album I'd love to get gigging properly again in the summer if I find the time! I've been so busy with uni and the album that I miss getting outside of Coventry and performing in new places! Watch this space for the new album/website/gigs.

To find out more about Emma McGann, visit her official website by clicking on the link below: - Studyvox Echo


"Especially for you, Emma"

COVENTRY music student Emma McGann had pop princess Kylie bopping as she collected a prestigious award.

Songwriter Emma McGann, met the pint-sized singer after scooping the Studyvox FM Music prize.

And the former Neighbours' sweetheart, who has performed in front of millions since shooting to pop megastardom, couldn't resist showing off her dance moves when Emma took to the stage.

The 19-year-old, of Whitefriars Street, Coventry, said: "It was unbelievable meeting Kylie. This time last week I had no idea I would be meeting her.

"It was really strange. I was really nervous at first but once we had met her, it calmed everyone's nerves and we realised that she was really nice.

"It is great the judges listened to our stuff on the website and then handpicked us. That's a good feeling."

Studyvox Foundation, which provides bursary support to undergraduates to help them with tuition fees, has launched its online student radio station, Studyvox FM, which plays only music produced by students, and a new social networking website.

Through the station, Emma - who's in her first year at Coventry University - uploaded some of her material, which was played on air and then picked by the judges.

They were chosen after receiving the most requests through the Studyvox website.

Kylie, who became a patron of the charity earlier this year, said: "Music has been an enormous part of my life and I'm especially proud to present the music award, which offers an important lifeline for student bands."

Emma, whose family home is in Binley, usually performs at acoustic sets at the Phoenix pub in Gosford Street, Coventry, with boyfriend James Plester.

After the ceremony, he joined her on stage with two other friends to perform some of Emma's songs in front of other students and the Australian songstress.

Emma added: "I had sent some of our stuff to Kylie and her record company for them to listen to and they really liked the production on it, which was good.

"Kylie said she really liked our music, and then at the end she came out to listen to us play and she was dancing away. It was really encouraging.

"In the future, after I graduate, I would really like to go into some kind of career in the music industry, so this award is definitely a good thing to put on your CV."

Four other students who entered the competition and submitted their material to the Studyvox radio station were chosen to receive bursaries of pounds 10,000 and pounds 2,000 to help with their study fees. - Coventry Telegraph


"Music Students perform to Kylie"

Our Band of the Month for June is Coventry singer-songwriter Emma McGann.
The Coventry University music composition student has had an eventful few years; from setting up a music night to meeting Kylie Minogue.
Apart from her own gigs, you can see Emma every Monday night at the Phoenix in Coventry when she hosts an acoustic/open mic night.
She was recently awarded the StudyVoxFM Music Award by Kylie and will release her debut album this summer.
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire caught up with Emma to ask her a few questions...
How did you get in to music?
I've always played really. I taught myself guitar and wrote songs from as far back as I can remember. Guitar's my first instrument but I dabble in others... drums being a favourite! Eventually I decided to play around some live music nights around Coventry which people seemed to really enjoy and it sort of took off from there.
What have been your musical highlights so far?
Performing to Kylie tops the list of course. Surreal like you would not believe! And as for winning a music award, I'd never won a thing in my life, if you don't include the odd pub quiz.
Tell us a bit about your debut album
It's due to be released in Summer 2010. Very excited about it all! It's entitled Start the Show, mostly pop and indie tracks but I squeezed a couple of acoustic goodies in there too! Really this is the first music project I've taken seriously. The reaction we had from people after listening to the tracks in their early stages motivated us to put the album together. I couldn't have done it without everyone involved in the project and the support I've had from family and friends. Do keep an ear out and grab yourselves a copy.
What are your plans for the rest of 2010?
Apart from the album I'd love to get gigging properly again in the summer if I find the time! I've been so busy with uni and the album that I miss getting outside of Coventry and performing in new places! Watch this space for the new album/website/gigs. - Telegraph


"Marking Emma McGann's Music Milestone"

Our Band of the Month for June is Coventry singer-songwriter Emma McGann.
The Coventry University music composition student has had an eventful few years; from setting up a music night to meeting Kylie Minogue.
Apart from her own gigs, you can see Emma every Monday night at the Phoenix in Coventry when she hosts an acoustic/open mic night.
She was recently awarded the StudyVoxFM Music Award by Kylie and will release her debut album this summer.
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire caught up with Emma to ask her a few questions...
How did you get in to music?
I've always played really. I taught myself guitar and wrote songs from as far back as I can remember. Guitar's my first instrument but I dabble in others... drums being a favourite! Eventually I decided to play around some live music nights around Coventry which people seemed to really enjoy and it sort of took off from there.
What have been your musical highlights so far?
Performing to Kylie tops the list of course. Surreal like you would not believe! And as for winning a music award, I'd never won a thing in my life, if you don't include the odd pub quiz.
Tell us a bit about your debut album
It's due to be released in Summer 2010. Very excited about it all! It's entitled Start the Show, mostly pop and indie tracks but I squeezed a couple of acoustic goodies in there too! Really this is the first music project I've taken seriously. The reaction we had from people after listening to the tracks in their early stages motivated us to put the album together. I couldn't have done it without everyone involved in the project and the support I've had from family and friends. Do keep an ear out and grab yourselves a copy.
What are your plans for the rest of 2010?
Apart from the album I'd love to get gigging properly again in the summer if I find the time! I've been so busy with uni and the album that I miss getting outside of Coventry and performing in new places! Watch this space for the new album/website/gigs. - BBC


"Emma McGann's new departure is a sure fire winner!"

LAST week Coventry ‘acoustic night’ troubadour Emma McGann released her very first CD.

Despite having a constant presence on the local acoustic scene, the CD is a full band recording, and a huge departure from the Emma we all know and love.

But hang on, that’s no way a criticism, on the contrary, some acoustic-based artist could suffer making the crossover to full band mode.

Emma has no such problems, a great song is a great song, whether it’s with just guitar or with half the contents of your local music store, but why the departure?

“I’ll never ditch the acoustic,” reveals Emma.

“I love it too much. It’s what launched me into all this after all!

“But we wanted to create a concept album based around the pop genre, something bubbly and commercial that you can really dance to.

“We’ve enjoyed it so much and have had encouragement from the right people that there’s no doubt we’ll do it again.”

The album, Start The Show, was launched at The Phoenix on July 12, by all accounts the night was a huge success, with over 70 CDs being sold on the night and the rest selling out over the next few days.

“It was an amazing night, support acts Carly Ryder and the Polar Rays both played fantastically,” said Emma.

“We had good feedback about the buffet too! Big thanks to the glitter girls who were doing Emma McGann, Carly Ryder and Polar Rays glitter tattoos! It felt amazing to play the whole album full band, so a big thank you to Alex Hart, Rich Overton and James Plester (who produced and co-wrote some of the CD).

“More full band gigs are in the pipeline and I am so pleased with the turn out!

“I’m ever so grateful for everyone’s support and hope they all enjoyed the show and the album!”

A few weeks ago Emma hit the local headlines when she rubbed shoulders with Pop Princess Kylie Minogue.

“I won Musician of the Year Award for an online radio station and student foundation called Studyvox, of which Kylie is the proud patron.

“It was unreal; one minute I’m uploading my tracks to an online radio station, the next I’m being whisked off to Oxford to meet Ms Minogue herself!

“Meeting Kylie was phenomenal. She’s the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen. So modest, and easy to talk to. She requested to meet me and the band before the awards ceremony and complimented us on the tracks she’d already heard, encouraging us not to stop there.”

The album really touches the spot, title track Start Of The Show grabs your hand and takes you on a musical journey that rocks away in style. (That’s not Rock with a capital ‘R’ by the way; no Emma hasn’t gone all heavy metal).

It’s a superb track and I defy you to listen to it without having the chorus going around in your head the rest of the day.

Unless of course you then listen to Fall Into Me, and the chances are that will also occupy the grey matter for a considerable length of time.

This CD is jammed with clever tracks like Little Hearts and Cobwebs, indeed the album is an offering to the god of the catchy chorus and to the Lord of clever songwriting. Get your copy at www.myspace.com/xemmaxacousticx.
- Coventry Telegraph


"Students delight as Kylie hands out awards"

SUPERSTAR Kylie Minogue got the village of East Hendred spinning around today when she visited a local charity.

The 41-year-old pop singer dropped into the headquarters of the Studyvox Foundation, in Old Estate Yard.

Dressed in black, the Australian songstress, who has sold more than 60 million records, handed out £16,000 to students to help with their study fees.

The excited recipients, who were picked at random from the student social networking site Studyvox, got to chat to the singer and get her autograph.

Miss Minogue, who is patron of the charity, said: “I’m very proud to be here and it’s a very exciting day for all of us.

“We’ve all been students and all know what difficulties they face.

“Thanks to these generous bursaries it will be a great relief from the financial stresses and pressures.”

Film studies student Jessie Gurr, 22, picked up the top £10,000 prize.

The London Metropolitan University student said: “Kylie really put me at ease and was so nice. We met her before the ceremony and she asked us what we study.

“She is absolutely beautiful in real life, and very tiny.

“The money means so much to me, especially as I’ve never won so much as a box of chocolates in a raffle.”

Political Science student Fern Tomlinson, 19, received £2,000 towards her Birmingham University fees.

She said: “This has been so surreal and incredibly exciting.

“It was fantastic meeting Kylie. I’m a massive fan of her music and loved her when she was in Dr Who.”

Miss Minogue also presented a music award to the band with the most requests on the Studyvox website.

She said: “Music has been an enormous part of my life and I’m especially proud to present the music award, which offers an important lifeline for student bands.”

Emma McGann, 19, lead singer with the as-yet unnamed band, said: “It was unbelievable meeting Kylie. This time last week I had no idea I would be meeting the Queen of Pop.”

Miss Minogue became involved with the charity through her friendship with chief executive Kevin Martin.

During the ceremony she asked trustee Jack Lowman for £10, after he welched on a bet he lost to Miss Minogue during a game of pool at the headquarters in December.

He said: “It’s incredible having a world superstar like Kylie visit this small village, and we’re incredibly grateful for her appearance.” - Oxford Mail


"Kylie Minogue 'proud' of Oxford charity Studyvox"

Pop singer Kylie Minogue was guest of honour in a small Oxfordshire village to hand out awards.
The star, who is patron of the StudyVox student bursary charity, posed for photographs and chatted to winners at its headquarters in East Hendred.
Telling fans she was "very proud" to be the charity's patron, the 41-year-old was then entertained by student Emma McGann, 19, who scooped a music award.
A friend of the star set up the student support charity three years ago.
The Australian singer stood at the front of the crowd to listen to the student perform.
Ms McGann said: "Surreal is the word to describe it, but at the same time it was amazing.
"I didn't expect Kylie to come out and to stand there dancing away to our track. It looked like she was really enjoying it."
Ms Minogue spoke with the four students who won financial bursary awards after registering with the StudyVox social-networking site and winning a raffle online. - BBC News


Discography

Emma McGann - 'Start the Show' (10 track album)
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Bio

Writing infectious pop melodies since a young age, Emma McGann grew up with the likes of Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Imogen Heap & Liz Phair on repeat. Now a critically acclaimed UK singer-songwriter and live-stream enthusiast, McGann began her career performing around humble venues in the West Midlands, UK - before graduating with a Bachelors of Art degree in Music Composition from Coventry University.

Since being awarded SVFM's Musician of the Year by Kylie Minogue in the early stages of her career and gaining airplay on BBC Radio 1, Emma has since been nominated for various awards in the US including a Shorty Award and an iHeart Radio Music Award alongside names such as Adele, Katy Perry & Shawn Mendes.


Amassing over 8.5 million views on her YouNow livestreams, (of which have seen her perform to and with notable artists such as Beth Hart and Pentatonix) Emma is very passionate about interacting actively with her audience and involving them in aspects of her music. Emma also gave a TEDx Talk on how and why she does this through livestreaming on a daily basis. 

November 2017 will see Emma's most anticipated release yet - 'B.R.A.V.E' a full length pop album that echoes themes of adventure, love and discovery. The album was brought to life through a successful Kickstarter campaign by her supporters in April 2017.

'Fantastic!' - Kylie Minogue

'Sweetness, with an edge' - Nancy Sinatra

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