Hailing from South London, songwriter and vocalist Ego Ella May has an all-encompassing love of music, which she channels into her own neo-soul and contemporary jazz compositions. At the heart of Ego’s writing is a deep passion and respect for the origins of jazz; my favourite quote is, she says, “you have to read, to write” so I spend a lot of time reading novels, poetry, and books about my history”.
Alongside writing from the heart, she feels that performing live is a way to share and connect with the people who enjoy her music. She has worked with Oscar Jerome, Joe Armon-Jones (from Ezra Collective who are also playing at Larmer Tree this year), Wu-Lu and Eddie Hick, recording with live instruments in an impromptu jam-setting. As London’s jazz scene continues to grow and gain the recognition it deserves, there is no doubt that 2019 will be a bright year for this talented spirit.