Inverell nurse Emma Dykes recognised in national songwriting awards

Local singer/songwriter Emma Dykes has found national success, coming fifth in the Country Category at the Australian Songwriting Association's National Awards with her single Pay it Forward.

“It was a really lovely night and I was lucky enough to have my family there to share it,” she said.

“I like to think that that is a little something I can do to thank them for there support of my throughout each year.”

Three of the Inverell nurse’s songs placed in the top 30 for the Country Category and one in the Folk Category.  Held at ABC studios in Ultimo on Wednesday, November 22, the treat came just one day after the aspiring star visited the Golden Guitar finalist announcements. 

“It was great to have so many people in the industry in one room,” she said.

Emma wasn’t done yet, and took to Nundle for a five day songwriters’ retreat at the Dag Sheep Station.

“Five full songs co-written with six different artists - our heads were spinning by the end of it,” she said.

“But that's what's so great about the retreat, it's three full days where the only thing you need to think about and do is songwriting. It's something I find gets pushed aside when the rest of life rushes in. It's great to be in such a creative atmosphere where it's all that is talked about.”