I’m a singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter. I’ve released several recordings to date, of both Jazz and original music. My latest album, Softly Loudly, was recorded during the 2020 lockdown. Although this was tricky, it shaped the album in many ways and you can read more about this in the blog. When it released in 2021, it gained more than 100k listeners worldwide in the first few weeks. A piano-led collection of relatable songs, it has featured on BBC Radio, including BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Spotify’s editorial playlists: ‘Come Home to the Blues’ and ‘Jazz Pop’. Listen to ‘Softly Loudly’ on any platform, save/share on your streaming service or buy at

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If you want to pause and savour time for a bit, Softly Loudly is the place to be.” SoulReserve

A beautiful collection of songsJazz fm

An impressive collection…sure to resonate; the restraint of the playing only makes this more poignant.Yorkshire Post

Nothing short of amazing..really resonates with its time.BBC Radio Bradford

Beautiful!” BBC Radio Leeds

Emma Nabarro-Steel: Music / Lyrics / Vocals / Piano / Guitars / Body Percussion

Adam Nabarro-Steel: Bass / Mixing / Mastering /Glass Tinkering

Neil Hooton: Drums / Table / Bin & Bucket

Debbie Harris: Additional Vocals / Wine-pouring

Mia Nabarro-Steel: Artwork

Recorded in Yorkshire, 2020

© 2021 Emma Nabarro-Steel

“Yorkshire’s Ella Fitzgerald” Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4

“A fine singer who floats a song lyric without using her grip on it.”- Manchester evening News

“Her own deeply expressive tone and delivery attracted plaudits wherever she has played.” Yorkshire Evening Post

All enquiries, comments and reviews are welcome!

Read about each new track – includes player so you can listen while you read. (Headphones recommended).

Over to you!

I decided maybe it wasn’t my turn and I needed the creative energy of others. This week I’ve received the generous gift of freshly penned poetry from two opposite sides of the globe. And bang! The intersection of this serendipitous pairing (geographically somewhere around China) is magically, right here for you to enjoy.

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Hello! Thanks for popping by. Softly Loudly is an album recorded in 2020, releasing weekly between 1st Jan – 19th Feb 2021. Here you can read a little about each song, beginning with the most recent track. Grab your headphones too, as you can listen while you read, Hope you enjoy!

Disclaimer: this is my disclaimer

Music is something I seem to ‘lean in’ to the discomfort of, although it still scares the bejeepers out of me. Most of us have something we want to be braver at and learning about other people’s true colours (even beige) is always a joy to me. Although it’s not always easy to jump in with both feet, a little heart-on-sleeve wearing once in a while, goes a very long way.

Marie Kondo – A Single Thread

Some songs decide to grow outwards in all directions. The new track ‘Marie Kondo’ sprouted lots of little stories. The kind that connect you in a hidden way to the people you can’t be with: a cohort which recently includes pretty much everyone we know.

Or…We Could Just Stay Here

How lucky we are to have such an infinite array of choices, even at the moment when we see our lives as unusually restricted. Far too many have lost loved ones this year, and though it’s at immeasurable cost, this surely deepens our experience of what it is to be alive.