Leon Gettler writes:
“Emma Sidney…is [about] joyous innovation. A jazz singer through and through, she soars when touching other idioms [for example] her singing over the hip-hop beats on the beautifully reworked Burt Bacharach classic The Look of Love and her original This Just Gets Better.
Sidney is inventive, and takes us on a journey to new and previously unexplored territory. And the originals … are full of joy, the sorts of pieces that make you want to get up and dance.
America [another original] is a moving slow ballad of longing, with touching and personal lyrics about her experience of the US. We respond as she opens up to us in a way that few artists do. “
Sweet & Slow, Singing Years (3RPC-FM in Portland Vic)
Arts Editor: Portland Observer
“I’ve been following Emma Sidney’s music career since she put out her first CD about 10 years ago and I was presenting Jazz On Saturday on PBS-FM in Melbourne. Her first album was an enjoyable collection of worthy standards and got lots of airplay on my show. But I was even more impressed with her second CD Bossa Eyes from about 5 years ago.
Here she includes lesser-known material, adds her own and other Australian content and mixes the selections in a mature and thoughtful manner, keeping the bossa theme up front without letting it dominate. Her singing has also taken on added depth and sensitivity.
She’s always been a thoughtful interpreter of lyrics; now she has attained that rare quality of ‘selling’ a song with utter genuineness. It’s been a pleasure watching her career progressing so agreeably.
As the presenter of two programs in regional Victoria and a music reviewer for a regional newspaper (The Observer), I am looking forward to airing and writing about her newest projects. But as an avid listener, I am even more excited about her new work and what directions she will choose for her artistry.”