Laurieton’s Emma Dykes is climbing the ladder in the music industry after making it to number five in the Country Category at the Australian Songwriting Association's National Awards for 2017.
The last 18 months has been described as a ‘whirlwind’ by Emma who launched her debut album Pay It Forward in January, 2017.
Emma said as she was trying to figure out train times to leave the awards in Sydney a man came up to her and offered her his opal card.
“It just completed the night so perfectly,” she said.
“The song which placed at number five was the title track off the album Pay it Forward and this man did just that.”
Emma had three of her songs place in the top 30 for the Country Category and one in the Folk Category.
She described the awards night on November 22 as fabulous.
“We had champagne on arrival, a three course dinner and photos on the red carpet,” she said.
Emma is currently based in Inverell and works as a nurse in the emergency ward.
“The night I flew to Sydney I was still in my scrubs,” she said.
Apart from attending the Australian Songwriting Competition Emma also went to the Golden Guitar Awards where the finalists were announced for 2018.
She said it was an amazing experience being in a room with so many talented musicians from the industry.
Emma sat two seats away from big names including singer and songwriter Kasey Chambers.