Synthesising acid jazz with modern RnB, dub with pop, and future soul with old-fashioned grooves, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Emma Volard draws power from the divine messiness of the human experience. She combines the classic and the cutting edge to build something sleek and scintillatingly new that is centred around her rich, silky vocals. Influenced by jazz luminaries such as Etta James and Erykah Badu, Volard has made waves performing at the Brunswick Music Festival and Ocean Sounds, as well as performing alongside REMI, Sunnyside and Emma Donovan. Her fiercely feminist politic finds its way into her music, which she sees as a mode of self-expression that can’t be silenced or diminished. “My music reminds me to embrace who I am, to break boundaries, to express myself without fear,” she says. Her debut album Deity was released in 2022.