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About J Edna Mae
Award-winning Welsh singer/songwriter, J Edna Mae is an ethereal acoustic artist who draws on her varied life experience to pull on the emotions and heart of every listener. A skilled pianist and singer who is widely travelled, she is currently promoting her second digital EP ‘White Noise’ - a beautiful collection of five piano-led songs with hints of world, folk, pop and classical. 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.
In addition to her beautiful, emotional songs J Edna Mae writes inspirational children’s songs, meant to nurture and enhance their sense of well being. She was delighted that the ‘Bounce!’ project, a collection of five songs for children, won a presitgious Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards in 2017. Her songwriting and music teaching approaches are endorsed by Professor Susan Hallam, MBE, who describes them as innovative and highly creative especially in supporting children of primary age that are presenting with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
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, Bonnie Tyler and Mal Pope, 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, and 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.
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.
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.