The Story

"Emma Dykes has that calming energy about her that is a combination of empathy and strength - essential to being a Registered Nurse, but thankfully this also transcends through her voice and into her beautiful songs"

- Golden Guitar winner Luke O'Shea

Releasing her debut album, Pay It Forward, in 2017, Emma sings just as she lives her life – wanting to give to others and celebrate the stories and experiences in song. Her singles, Man of the House and Two Birds have all garnered positive response from critics and fans, alike. Her live performances will have you singing along to popular covers, including anything from Creedence to Pink and back again, and hearing the stories behind the originals carefully chosen to compliment the audience.

Now a professional singer-songwriter, Emma’s songs take you to the far reaches of the nation and you can bet she’s experienced what she writes about. The Laurieton, NSW, artist is a Critical Care Emergency Nurse whose adventures have taken her into the depths of rural Australia, proving all the inspiration she needs to craft songs that bring her stories to life.

She’s held jobs on mine sites, driving machines with tyres twice her height, working with men and fighting to prove she was as capable as the next bloke, learning about rodeo first-hand as the president of a local rodeo committee in Cape York, and mustering on horseback on a station bigger than her hometown.

A graduate of the 2016 CMAA Academy of Country Music, Emma’s nursing career is now a part-time venture that allows her to still help people as well as travel the country and uncover the stories of Australians, which she shares with her audiences through her music. She has an international tour planned for August this year where she will sing her way across Germany with the Joeys OZ Music Band from Inverell. 

Emma warmly invites audiences to let her take you through the pages of her photo album through the words that bring her experiences to life in song.

“Her beautiful debut album, Pay It Forward, is nothing short of passionate, emotional, inspiring and honest” – Helen, The Reviewer’s Inkpot