Emma Wallingford, known as Emma Mayes onstage, is a singer known for her brazen, edgy voice and bold stage presence. She sings soul, funk, r&b, jazz, pop, rock, and more. She received a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Business from the University of Colorado Denver.
She is involved in an award winning a cappella group, MIX. This group been involved in many competitions nationally and internationally, and were crowned champions of three. MIX has performed with Grammy winning artists such as The Swingle Singers and Todd Rundgren. Emma recieved the award of “Best Lead” at Boston Sings in 2013. One of their most exciting shows was performing for a crowd of 120,000 people. They have recieved awards for their single “Hildepunk” and also were recognized for their full length album “Edifice”.
Emma is the lead vocalist of her own band – Emma Mayes & The Hip. She has also been a singer in her old band Drop Switch, where she honed her writing skills, and the band’s song “Lust Keeps Burning” was endorsed by Able Planet headphones and played in listening stations at Costcos nationwide. She was also involved in a 12-piece funk disco cover band called Wash Park and frequently does freelance and solo gigs around Colorado.
Emma has shared the stage with acts such as Brother Ali, Asher Roth, The Wailers, The ReMinders, Todd Rundgren, and more. She’s performed on stages around the world as well as popular Denver Venues such as The Fillmore, The Bluebird, Coors Field, and more.
Emma is AMAZING! Starting voice lessons can be scary whether you are a beginner or you have been singing for years. Emma is a very personable, relaxed person who makes you feel comfortable. I started with her feeling unsure of my singing ability but Emma has helped me come out of me shell and has given me the confidence needed to try new singing styles I didn’t think I could achieve. Emma is the real deal and I cant wait to see where I go with her in the future!
My daughter has been attending vocal lessons for 5 months now with Emma. Emma is amazing with her, she is great with kids. My daughter looks forward each week to going and signing her heart out. We have seen a big improvement in her voice. We recommend Performance High to anyone who is looking for vocal lessons for kids and adults. Ask for Emma, she is amazing!
I was extremely nervous when I first started with Emma do to self-esteem issues and the usual anxiety most people feel about performing, but that quickly went away. Not only is she incredibly friendly, but she also has great patience, gives really good explanations for exercises and techniques, and answers all of my questions. I have learned so much just from the few classes we’ve had and they have quickly become one of the highlights of my week. Even though I only signed up to learn about singing, breathing, and voice control without a specific goal in mind such as performing or recording music, I already feel more confident with my own voice.
Emma is very easy to work with. She helped us challenge ourselves and worked with my friend and me to broaden our horizons and literally open up while singing. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to improve their vocal work.
I appreciate working with Emma. She is a great teacher. She is easy going but also assertive in a way that doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable. She knows her craft well. Classes are always fun and educational.
I had singing lessons on my bucket list for over twenty years. I had just moved to Denver and emailed over ten different business that offered singing lessons for adults. Within no time, I received an email back from Adrienne, she was warm, welcoming and enthusiastic. I paired up with Emma as my vocal instructor and I could not have been happier. She is a wonderful and talented teacher, I am always happy leaving my lessons with her.