Hailing from a musical family, Emzee is an experienced professional vocalist of the highest calibre. Her dad Don Haywoode, was a legendary vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer & arranger, who gained critical acclaim with Doo-Wop group The Velours, an American touring band that featured at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. (The band’s first tour was with Ray Charles.) Don went on to write the group’s first No.1 hit, “Can I Come Over Tonight”. Along with some of the original members of The Velours, Don Haywoode arrived in London in the early ’60s forming the group The Fantastics, and scored a massive hit with “Something Old Something New”. Working alongside her dad and The Fantastics, Emzee served her musical apprenticeship on the road from the age of sixteen. Emzee has worked extensively with an impressive array of high calibre artists including: Bo Diddley, Dr John, Mtume, Hugh Masekela, Osibisa, Herbie Hancock, Jools Holland, Barry White, Paul Weller, Lou Rawls, Dave Gilmore, Robert Plant, Deniece Williams, Cher, Lulu and Cassandra Wilson. As well as being a busy session musician, Emzee was also a recording artist, initially signed to RCA Records. Her influences and training are derived directly from the Doo-Wop and street corner singing tradition. Emzee is a versatile and rounded musician who exercises an enormous amount of her learned skills in her songwriting. Her first release as a composer “Don’t Poison Me” (Boss Records) was an underground hit co-written with Livingstone Brown. While Emzee continues to perform and compose, she also utilises these techniques in her holistic approach to teaching.