being different makes a difference
20 year old singer/songwriter Emma Tomlinson is an artist who uniquely blends pop, pop-classical cross over, RnB and alternative pop to another level. In her short career, Emma has made numerous appearances and today performs regularly across the Sunshine Coast, Hinterland and Brisbane. However she has sung on the national stage appearing on Channel ten’s Creative Generation, The X-Factor 2014 at age 14 and recently auditioned for The Voice 2020.
Having being mentored by Australian Opera singer Maggie Noonan in classical training of ‘Bel Canto’, former band member of the Church Peter Koppers and Andy Ward, she has taken the next step in her recording/performing career by releasing her first ever EP, Aquarius, on streaming platforms. The young Artist’s motto with her music is that “being different makes a difference” which she promotes as an official ambassador for Autism Queensland.
“As well as refining my voice Maggie changed my perspective on singing. I look to her as an inspiration; she is the reason I sing like I do today.”
ambassador for autism
In December 2019 Emma was nominated as a young ambassador for Autism Queensland (ASD), a recogition which came after she painted her ‘Blue Haired Girl’ which she hopes will spread the message of diversity & embracing difference and awareness of high functioning girls on the spectrum.
“So many girls on the spectrum fall through the cracks and my painting, The Blue Haired Girl, says that being different makes a difference”.
As a role model and advocate for young women and girls on the spectrum, Emma’s vision is to spread more awareness about young women, and girls with ASD. She wants to encourage acceptance at school, at tertiary education and in the workplace and to celebrate their difference.
Emma’s message is that people on the Autism are just like everyone else but with neurological disorder that wires them differently. Having those differences can mean they are highly intelligent beings in how they think and process.