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Lizzie Emeh: ‘Remarkable legacy’ left by pioneering disabled artist

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Fellow disabled artists and colleagues have spoken this week of the “remarkable legacy” left by the pioneering singer-songwriter Lizzie Emeh, who has died at the age of 44.

In 2009, Emeh became the first person with a learning difficulty to release an album of original songs in the UK, when she launched Loud and Proud.

She had joined Heart n Soul in 1999 after being spotted at one of its Beautiful Octopus Club nights, and the arts organisation would support her career over the next 20 years.

Heart n Soul said Emeh (pictured) had left behind “an incredible body of work and a remarkable legacy”.

Highlights of her career included performing with Beverley Knight at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Between 1999 and 2007 she had been part of the Heart n Soul Experience, performing across Europe, and appearing at the Glastonbury Festival three years in a row, while she also took part in the Heart n Soul Unplugged tour of Asia.

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