Emma Ritchie is currently in her first years study of Music Arts in her home town of Christchurch, and does a few gigs here and there on the side. Her smooth, unique jazz tone provides a humble listen for anyone who's willing!
At age 18, Em is on the path toward becoming a high school music teacher. She hopes to inspire further generations with music and encourage them to pursue it if they too have a passion for it.
Piano lessons provided Emma with a basis for which her music passion began. After a few years of piano, choirs were the new norm. But, just like piano, this was not yet satisfactory. Drums. For two years Emma persisted learning from one of Christchurch’s best, Aimee Biddington. Looking back at it now, this was her all time favourite instrument and after moving on (again) and focusing more on singing, has definitely helped with (a) being able to keep in time and (b) the occasional drum track needed for a Sound 1 project at Ara Institute of Canterbury.
Before we get to her current status though – during middle school Em was a vocalist in a small band and spent her spare time writing music, after self-teaching herself the guitar and keeping up her piano ability. High school, Emma focused on her singing, being taught by the amazingly talented Anna Whitaker, who then inspired her to enrol for the Music Arts degree at Ara.
This brings us to the present. After being accepted into the degree, her confidence has increased and she is continuing to persist in jazz vocals. Ritchie’s inspirations range from 80’s pop to Esperanza Spalding. Em is currently working on her first single ‘You’re Too Good’, so make sure you give it a listen! Meanwhile, you can catch Em doing her thang at various gigs which will most likely be mentioned on her social media accounts below!