Isolde (aka Emily Taylor-Smith) is a new fresh voice from Halifax, born in West Yorkshire to a mother who was an organist and drummer in a marching band.
The choice of the name 'Isolde' was inspired by one of Emily's favourite stories, the classic tale of Tristan and Isolde. With its origins in Celtic legends, the story of Tristan and Isolde concerns two ill-fated lovers. The name Isolde struck a chord with Emily when she watched the film. Emily feels that the tale of true love and tragedy set in medieval Ireland really reflects her style of music.
Isolde originally entered Junior Star Singer in 2016 and went through to the final. Captivating listeners from all over the UK with her unusual classical sound with a folk twist she was always going to fly high.
Isolde has performed with the Yorkshire Youth Choir at several venues and this year will be singing at Cathedrals in Poland as part of their platform to showcase. As a young talented vocalist, Isolde has always dreamt of being a major solo artist with a unique sounding voice. From as young as three she wanted to sing, featuring in solos and in school plays. Now as a young adult, with influences from Evanescence, Enya, Clannad, Kate Bush and the Corrs, her graceful ability to mix her style of classical, pop and folk traditional music is outstanding.
This year Isolde will again be embarking on the Junior Star Singer Tour singing songs from her new demo with songs such as Bye Bye and Bruised. Look out for her new passion, her dynamic sound, that can stop traffic.