“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
IT’S been a long musical road for singer-songwriter Emma Dykes whose love for singing and country music began on her childhood backyard swing, with headphones in, singing loudly to Adam Brand wearing an oversized cowboy hat – an interesting sight in the small coastal town of Laurieton that she was born into.
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.
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 Inverell, 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.
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.