"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
Emma sings just as she lives her life – wanting to give to others and celebrate the stories and experiences in song.
After graduating the Academy of Country Music in 2016, Emma drew on her experience as a rural Emergency Nurse to write about her lessons learnt along the way and 12 months later released her independently funded debut album Pay It Forward. Since than Emma has been a finalist and semi-finalist in songwriting competitions in the US, UK and Australia. Her singles, Man of the House, Two Birds, Pay It Forward and A Drink In My Hand, have all garnered positive response from critics and fans alike, charting on radios worldwide, and August this year saw Emma touring internationally through Germany before returning to Australia to work on album number two.
Her live performances will have you singing along to popular covers, including anything from Creedence to Pink and back again, while hearing the stories behind the originals open the audience to a deep and enlightening experience. Emma is predominantly a solo artist with guitar, vocal and stomp box, although at times can be seen as part of a well-crafted duo or band. Seeing her live in show will bear you witness to the magic she weaves through some old favourites, to the warmth and groove of songs from artists like Missy Higgins and the Dixie Chicks and she will have you walk in her 'Footprints' (excuse the pun!) through the journey of her popular originals. There is something for every person, mood and occasion during an Emma Dykes performance - a true artist and a genuine blessing to witness.