Local singer/songwriter Lizzie Emeh made history in 2009 as the first solo artist with a learning disability to release an album Loud and Proud into the UK mainstream.
She continues to go from strength to strength and is headlining the Liberty Festival at the Olympic Park this weekend. (Lizzie last performed there alongside Beverley Knight, at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games)
I asked Lizzie how she feels about headlining this time round. “It means a lot. I really want people with learning disabilities to be recognised for the talented and compassionate people we are. It’s a privilege and I’m really excited about playing with the live band, it’s going to be a great day.”
Lizzie then told me how Notting Hill has influenced her songwriting. “Carnival was right outside my door. My childhood was spent surrounded by music. I remember being young and my mum letting me outside on my own and I would hear all the beats and sounds all around me and it really helped me to develop my own sound.
There’s a real community vibe here and all of that goes into my song writing. I Iove hanging out in the local cafes and parks around Portobello Road, it’s a great place to live.”
Lizzie also shared a little about her new record. “My latest EP is called My Baboo – it’s about caring and togetherness, and all the ups and downs of being in love. One of my favourite tracks called Waiting is on it. The song is about my fiancé Eddie.’
My Baboo is out now lizzieemeh