Born in North London, England, S.E.L quickly began to display a love for life and a passion for music. Noticing the beginnings of something special, she began classical Violin and Piano lessons at the age of 6 later performing in her first professional show at 11yrs old. Going on to study her chosen art at the prestigious Brunel University in London, S.E.L completed her degree in Music; developing an unrivalled knowledge of Music History, Vocal Jazz and the life and times of the legendary Billie Holiday. With the seeds sown, life for S.EL became focused on inspiring others, spreading love and making music.
Due to formidable vocals and S.E.L’s specialist knowledge, she has been highly sought after to work with the greats across all genres of music. In 2005 S.E.L began working with the UK’s very own living legend, Jazzie B and the movement that is Soul II Soul and sites working alongside Jazzie B and the team as ‘An immense education’. From Jazz, Reggae and Pop to Classical, Soul, RnB and Blues, the list of artists S.E.L has worked with reads like a who’s who of world renowned international music, Alicia keys, Omar, Debbie Harry, Caron Wheeler, Jocelyn Brown, George Nooks, Sanchez, Duncan James, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson, Charlotte Kelly, SOS Band… the list goes on.
Determined to bring British soul music back to grass roots S.E.L signed her first deal to Universal Records affiliate, Cubit Records releasing her debut single ‘Necessary’ to international acclaim announcing S.E.L to the world. From Japan, China, South Africa, France & Canada to right here at home; S.E.L is becoming known for her sultry vocals, her
truly amazing songwriting talents and her down to earth demeanour.
“Enjoying the breathiness of S.E.L’s vocal…Loving the vibe! It’s necessary for all soul lovers… ’Necessary’ sounds like Spring!” – JazzieB OBE
“Soul music, Jazz music, MUSIC needs voices like S.E.L. Beautiful!” – Roy ‘The Roach’ Marsh
“Soulful Emma Louise…an incredible voice” – Jazz FM
“Phenomenal! Think Corrine-Bailey Rae with sizzle” – Media2Radio
“S.E.L. is one of the best singers I ever worked with.” – Bjorn Johansson- Sweden Got Soul Records
“S.E.L’s vocal tone is warm, the shimmery vibes and hypnotic melody of her debut ‘Necessary’ eptomises everything that is good about British soul at the moment’- Rachel Wakefield – Newsquest.