Emma Dean is an imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves to write theatrical pop songs about love and the human spirit. She has performed in North America, Germany, Costa Rica and all over Australia, and has released over ten independent original albums.
Emma has performed with Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Placebo, Macy Gray, Jinkx Monsoon, Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls, as well as playing lead roles in theatre shows such as Cabaret and The Tempest. Her original show ‘Imaginarium’ was performed on Off-Broadway and she has been listed as ‘one of ten artists to watch’ by The New York Post after featuring on the US specialty radio charts alongside PJ Harvey and REM. She is also a recipient of the prestigious ‘Under Our Wing’ cabaret award alongside musical comedy superstars, Tim Minchin and Sammy J.
In 2018, Emma was a featured soloist in The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, singing John Farnham’s iconic song - You’re The Voice.
When Emma is not on stage, she can be found writing choral arrangements for choirs and musicians, including John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan and Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band). She is a passionate advocate for the magical healing qualities of group singing and proudly leads a colourful community choir in Brisbane called Cheep Trill who she considers to be her extended family. This year, Cheep Trill took part in the Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland. The choir won the hearts of the locals and it soon became apparent that the adjudicators loved them too! Despite signing up as a non-competitive choir, Cheep Trill ended up winning the International Choral Competition PEACE Award for the choir that most embodied the spirit of the festival!
Emma’s show, Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest For Love toured around Australia from 2017 - 2019 and received rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. She is currently writing a new show called Hot Mess Mama, inspired by the current climate crisis, with Katherine Lyall-Watson. The world premiere will be part of the 2020 Brisbane Festival program.