Multi-award-winning singer songwriter, educator, musician, composer, traveller and mother, J Edna Mae, [real name Dr Jill Thomas] crafts beautifully constructed lyrics, captivating piano hooks that weave through ethereal, layered, vocal arrangements and glide over atmospheric, cinematic and sometimes orchestral, productions. Her expressive voice and expansive vocal range are emotive and mesmerizing in equal measures. Influenced by Kate Bush, Billie Eilish and Chopin, her songs are described as 'pieces of sonic art' by hit songwriter Mark Cawley, and as 'music that is absolutely incredible' by James Threlfall, BBC Radio Presenter.
After achieving her honours degree in music from the University of Cardiff, winning the prestigious University Composition Award for her symphonic movement and piano quartet, she returned to her first love as a singer songwriter whilst simultaneously discovering a second love - teaching. She has been Head of Music in several schools both in the UK and international schools in Asia and is renowned for her expertise in early years music education, choral teaching and pre university composition. She has been awarded an MA in Educational Management and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Bath.
In addition to her singer songwriter music, she has written two acclaimed albums of inspirational, eclectic children’s songs for primary age students. ‘Bounce!’ is an album of songs meant to enhance their sense of self belief, well-being and feelings of empowerment and they grew out of her doctoral research with children who were presenting with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. ‘Glitter is Litter!’ is a collection of songs designed to encourage a love and appreciation of our environment. All songs have been carefully written for use in inclusive educational settings, utilizing music and movement to enhance overall enjoyment and participation as well as vocal development.
She is a voting member in the prestigious Hollywood Music in Media Awards [HMMA] and distinguished Ivors Academy. She is honoured to currently be a mentor in the ECSA-AEC European Mentoring scheme (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance [ECSA] & Association Européenne des Conservatoires [AEC]) which is funded by the European Union to help enhance gender equality for young female (identifying) musicians.
Signed to several boutique synch agencies, J Edna Mae has written 4 EP’s and 2 full length albums to date. About to release her 5th EP, WAVES, which has already been reviewed as ‘pure magic’ (Welsh Connections)