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Birth name Emma Deigman
Origin English
Genres Soul-pop
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Years active 2010–present
Labels Alma Recordings

Edei (real name Emma Deigman) is a 27-year-old[clarification needed] English singer-songwriter, named by Hello! Magazine as a bright light for 2011[1] alongside BBC Radio 1's Greg James, windsurfer Bryony Shaw and actress Siubhan Harrison[2]

Music career[edit]

Edei's first career debut was when she was only 10 years old, by landing the main role of 'Annie' and performed 'Hard Knock Life' alongside Jay-Z on 'Top of The Pops.'[3] Within the next few years, Edei worked hard by writing to producers, to have a successful solo career.[3] She had the opportunity to perform in front of large crowds, and began to receive offers to become a part of girl groups and audition for talent shows such as 'The X Factor'. However she was determined to become a successful solo artist on her own, with her own music.[3]

When she toured the UK as a supporting artist to Girls Aloud in 2009, Edei was using her birth name, Emma Deigman, as her artist name.[4] Her debut single 'In My Bed' was released through Alma Recordings on 12 July 2010, and the follow-up "Loved" was released on 16 January 2011[5] after much support from BBC Radio 2 (including a record of the week from Ken Bruce ) and a nationwide tour with JLS[6] Edei is currently recording her debut album, writing with Boston born, Dublin based producer Misreid and singer songwriter Conner Reeves (whose writing credits include songs for Joss Stone, Ava Leigh and Tina Turner).


Edei attended the Jackie Palmer Stage School,[7] and Hurtwood House School Film Academy from 2006 to 2007.[8]

Edei appeared as an actress with her sister Laura in the 2001 film Last Orders, both playing the role of Sally,[9] Edei playing the 10-year-old and Laura the 5-year-old Sally.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Edei's mother, Vicky, is a former casting agent who produced Wild Bill, and her father, Patrick, comes from Helensburgh.[11] She grew up in Great Missenden,[9] and has three siblings, of whom the youngest, Laura Deigman, is a tennis player,[12][13] who played in the 2011 Wimbledon Championships – Girls' Singles, and who won both the U-18 girls' singles and the ladies' singles titles in the Powder Byrne Tennis Trophy in 2010.[14] Edei's uncle, Chris Turner, played tennis for Wales.[15]

Edei attended a boarding school in Berkhamsted,[16] but left when her father got cancer to help look after her younger brother and sister.[17]

Edei has off and on been dating James Marsden since 2016.[18]


  1. ^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=174021499301646&set=a.174021409301655.29545.108980965805700
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1913110/
  3. ^ a b c http://www.edei.co.uk/bio/
  4. ^ John, Lauren (11 June 2009). "15 Questions With Emma Deigman". Music.co.uk. Hey. Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.bluesandsoul.com/review/1384/edei_loved_alma_recordings_ltd/
  6. ^ http://www.ilikemusic.com/music_news/Edei_Supports_JLS_On_2010_Arena_Tour-11656
  7. ^ "Past Pupils". Jackie Palmer Stage School. 22 February 2012. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hurtwood Film Academicians 2006 / 07". 2006 / 07. Hurtwood House. 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Van Geuns, Sharon (9 November 2001). "Last Orders gives sisters first break.". The Evening Standard. London, England. Archived from the original on 14 January 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Last Orders". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Dingwall, John (11 March 2009). "Emma's Sailing; Exclusive Pop Hopeful's Career Set to Take Off in the States – Thanks to Helping Hand from Rocker Rod Stewart – Singer tells how superstar loved CD she gave him at charity event.". Daily Record. HighBeam. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Judy Murray rewards Bucks mum". Buckinghamshire Tennis News. LTA. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "'Tennis First' Dinner dance at All England Club Nov 12th!". Surrey Tennis News. LTA. 2 November 2011. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Double tennis joy for Laura Deigman". Buckinghamshire Examiner. Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Laura Deigman". Player Profiles. LTA. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Farr, Simon (26 March 2009). "Great Missenden singer to tour with Girls Aloud". This is Local London – In Focus. Newsquest. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Emma's a girl aloud! – Bucks' Emma Deigman talks about her career so far as she prepares to tour with Girls Aloud.". BBC Local – Beds, Herts and Bucks – Music Features. BBC. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  18. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BNM6qKRgyrM/

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