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About J Edna Mae
Multi award-winning Welsh composer, J Edna Mae, is a mother, classically trained musician, educator, composer and collector of stories. J Edna Mae has written two EP's to date 'White Noise' (2018) and 'Luminous' (2017) both available on all major digital platforms. Imagine Kate Bush vocals meets Birdy piano with the emotional sensitivity of Enya, mixed into the unique formula of J Edna Mae's own story.
J Edna Mae is very excited to release her debut children's album 'Bounce!' in July 2019! Aimed at children aged 5 to 11 years old, this collection of fun, upbeat pop and reggae songs is designed to nurture, educate and enhance well being, self esteem and confidence in children. The making of this album has been a wonderful family affair, with her two amazing children joining her to sing and rap their way through songs that contain powerful messages that will help children navigate 21st Century demands.
Active since March 2016, J Edna Mae has won several prestigious music awards, secured a publishing deal for 'Deal with the Devil' and is steadily gaining radio play, building a portfolio of film, television and commercial syncs.
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After achieving her honours degree in music, winning the University Award for her symphonic movement and piano quartet, she returned to her first love as a singer songwriter. She was fortunate enough to appear on tv shows alongside the likes of David Gray and Bonnie Tyler and starred as Beth in 'War of the Worlds' in St. David's Centre Cardiff, narrated by The Right Hon. the Lord Neil Kinnock. But in her early 20’s, she felt that her inspiration had vanished.
So she decided to go out into the world, travel, and live in different cultures and experience a broader spectrum of life. A qualified teacher, she lived in Asia for several years, where she taught in a variety of international schools, and pushed herself out of her comfort zone, by learning to dive, trekking in the mountainous region of Thailand’s golden triangle and travelling to incredible historical sites such as China’s Great Wall and terracotta army, Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex.
There is no doubt that travel has greatly influenced J Edna Mae's music, which can be heard in both the lyrics and the instrumentation choices of songs on her latest EP 'White Noise', with use of instruments such as the Thai Khim and Balinese Gamelan. The single from EP2, 'A Thousand Suns' has been a lucky song for J Edna Mae, winning the 2017 Indie International Songwriting Contest and also it gained a nomination in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in 2018. She has also won several prestigious Global Music Awards for some of her children's songs and also for 'Deal with the Devil' in 2017 ('Luminous' EP) and 'Perfect Imperfect in 2019 ('White Noise' EP). One of her newer songs, as yet unreleased , 'Cushions by the Fire' was a top 5 winner in the 2019 Great American Song Contest in the Folk Americana category.
J Edna Mae married her childhood sweetheart, and their two young sons were born in Thailand, where they ran free and wild on the beaches of southern Thailand in their formative years. Now based in a quaint welsh fishing village where she is living her dream to be close to the beach, with her fantastic husband, two beautiful boys, a cat and a dog, and a piano, she draws on her life experiences and the wonderful people and adventures she has had in her life journey so far in her writing. She continues to perform and to go in to the local schools and libraries with her magic musical box of instruments and parachutes to educate beautiful children.