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Video premiere: ‘The Drovers’ by Emma Dykes

Emma EP-26When I covered ‘The Drovers’ by Emma Dykes earlier this week, I had no idea that I’d be offered the chance to premiere the video – but it’s such a great track, how could I refuse?

This special song was inspired by a special service: the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The helicopter team worked with Sam Davison at Two Digital Media to put the video together.

‘I’m very grateful.’ says Dykes, ‘because I wanted the clip to show a day in the life of the rescue staff.  To show the important tasks they complete and just how emotionally invested they are, in a broader sense, both the song and the video are about the emergency services in general.  They’re from all walks of life and do an incredible job.  I also noticed they included a quick shot of me!’

Watch the video below.


Listen to ‘The Drovers’:

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Single release: ‘The Drovers’ by Emma Dykes

The Drovers - Single Art Final - White.jpgEmma Dykes is a singer-songwriter from Port Macquarie, New South Wales, who carefully crafts heartfelt, articulate songs about a range of different human experiences. Dykes is unafraid of emotion, detail or reality, and the specificity of her lyrics brings the listener closer.

Her latest single, ‘The Drovers’, comes from Dykes’s own experiences. She has worked on mine sites and learnt about rodeo first hand as the president of a local rodeo committee in Cape York – and has also worked as an emergency nurse in rural and remote towns. It’s the latter occupation that has seen her rely on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to transport seriously ill patients. She

Dykes once asked to take part in a fundraiser as the performing artist for the event, which was a 4500 km off-road 4WD adventure named ‘The Drovers Run’ was raising money for the rescue helicopter. She wrote the song ‘The Drovers’ in Arkaroola, South Australia, on the back of a restaurant menu while on that tour. With co-writer Matt O’Leary she asked each of the people on that tour to write down what the rescue chopper meant to them, and those responses inspired the song.

The track was produced by Matt Fell at Love Hz Studios and unites the hard yakka of the fundraising Drovers with the importance of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter itself. It also draws on the work of the drover as we usually know it, mustering cattle across expanses of countryside.

‘The rescue service is there when it is needed, free of charge, all thanks to these fundraising efforts,’ says Dykes. ‘It’s a worthy cause and one that we want to be ready and waiting, though we hope we’ll never need to use it.’

Listen to ‘The Drovers’:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

Single release: ‘The Riddle of Life’ by Emma Dykes

Emma Dykes - Riddle of Life album cover email.jpgPort Macquarie (NSW) singer-songwriter Emma Dykes has released a new single, ‘The Riddle of Life’, which is also the title track of her second album, which was recorded with producer Matt Fell in Nashville and which will be released in January 2020 to coincide with the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Dykes, who also works as a nurse, wrote the song for her dear friend Ric, who is also a nurse and who was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Dykes wrote the song to remind us all to live life to the fullest while they can. The song was also her way of dealing with Ric’s diagnosis and fight for life. Dykes is known for her heartfelt lyrics, and this beautiful song is sincere and hopeful.

One of Ric’s children, her daughter Matilda, appears in the accompany video clip performing a dance she choreographed. The clip can be seen below.



Listen to Emma Dykes on:

Apple Music | Spotify

Single release: ‘The Man of the House’ by Emma Dykes

Emma Dykes graduated from the CMAA Academy of Country Music in January 2016 and that experience shows in the writing of her new single, ‘The Man of the House’, and in the crisp, warm way she sings it.

Dykes is steeped in country life and that feeling for stories of the land is evident in this lovely song. The track comes from her album Pay it Forward, which you can buy on her website or on iTunes. Watch the video for ‘The Man of the House’ below.