Emma's Imagination

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Emma's Imagination
Birth name Emma Gillespie
Born Edinburgh, Scotland
Genres Pop, alternative
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2010–present
Labels Future Records (2010–12)
Associated acts Gary Barlow

Emma Gillespie (born in Edinburgh, Scotland), better known by her stage name Emma's Imagination, is a Scottish singer. She first came to prominence after winning the Sky 1 TV talent contest Must Be the Music. She has since been signed to Gary Barlow's music label Future Records.[1] She has since released her debut solo album, Stand Still in January 2011.

Early years[edit]

Emma Gillespie was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Dumfries where she attended St Joseph's College.[2] She lived with her mother Sharon and stepfather.[citation needed] Gillespie was in the Andaman Islands in India at the time of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.[citation needed] She then went on to travel in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, with many of her ideas for music originating while travelling.[citation needed]

Gillespie took up playing guitar when aged 16. Before coming to public attention, she spent time busking on the streets of Glasgow, to which she had moved a year before her breakthrough. She also spent time honing her skills performing in New York.[3]

Music career[edit]

2010–11: Must Be the Music[edit]

Emma's Imagination entered Must Be the Music, broadcast on Sky1 and Sky 1 HD. In the initial televised audition phase, as well as the three semi-finals and final, contestants sang in front of the judges, Jamie Cullum, Dizzee Rascal, and Sharleen Spiteri. The auditions took place in early August 2010 with musicians allowed to play their own compositions. The live finals were held at Wembley Arena with a live audience behind the judges. During the finals, the public voted for their favourite act, which was Emma's Imagination.

After appearing on the show, her first single, This Day, was released for sale by download and debuted at number 10 on the United Kingdom Singles Chart and number 2 on the Indie Chart.[3] The single also charted on the Irish Singles Chart, where it reached number 9 and on the Scottish Singles Chart, where it debuted at number 7.

Emma's Imagination won the final on Sunday 19 September 2010, and received a prize of £100,000.[4]

2011–present: Stand Still[edit]

Following victory on the show, Emma's Imagination's second single, Focus, debuted in the United Kingdom at number 7,[5] her second British Top 10 placing. The single also debuted at number 1 on the Indie Chart, number 8 in Ireland and number 5 in Scotland.

In 2012, Gary Barlow announced that he was closing his record label.[6]



Year Album details Peak chart positions
2011 Stand Still 14 48 2
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released


Year Single Chart positions Album
2010 "This Day" 10 2 9 7 Stand Still
"Focus" 7 1 7 5
"Stamp Your Feet" 65 - - -
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released

Promotional singles[edit]

  • 2011 – "Faerie Lights"


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