Emma Hatton's second EP to be released on Thursday 11th October 08.10.2018
Independently released, and entitled Thirty Three and a Third, Emma Hatton's long-awaited follow-up EP will drop on Thursday 11th October – fittingly what would have been her granddad and Gloucestershire cornet and trumpet player Bill Hatton’s 100th birthday. The EP is dedicated to him and features a special appearance from British Jazz Award-winning trumpet player Freddie Gavita.
When West End star Emma Hatton released her debut EP alongside friend and collaborator Anthony Strong, little did she expect it to zoom straight to the top of the iTunes jazz charts. Known to theatre audiences across the globe as Elphaba from Wicked, Eva Peron from Evita and Scaramouche from We Will Rock You, Hatton’s vocals were already celebrated in the theatre world but were suddenly reaching a whole new audience. It was clear she was hitting the right chords and Hatton started hatching ideas for her second album.
Hatton said: ‘It was an incredibly special moment when Freddie started playing in the studio. I carry my granddad with me in everything I do and I know he would love this record.’ She added: ‘I absolutely love Musical Theatre but it is no secret that jazz and blues are also a huge part of my life. The wonderful thing about my work is that I get to realise my passion for music in so many forms. If I can encourage my theatre fans to give blues a listen, or those who know me from the jazz world to come and see a musical then it’s a win win situation.’
In terms of the inspiration for the title, Hatton said it was an obvious choice. ‘I was keen to release a vinyl record’ she said. ‘We started recording it four months after I turned 33…the coincidence of the playing speed of 33 1/3 RPM was too great and Thirty Three and a Third was born.’
To cater for the modern market, the EP will also be released on all digital platforms – iTunes, Spotify, Amazon music – while those hungry to hold a record in their hands can pre-order the vinyl on Hatton’s website – www.emmahatton.com