Emily Hanks is a soul, pop, funk, blues and jazz aficionado. Honing her skills from the young age of 15: her sound is earthy, gritty and rounded in all the right places. Her voice has been described as, ‘listening to honey coated velvet’.
As a performer she has graced the stage of many of Sydney’s prestigious venues and events including; performances at Thredbo Jazz Festival, Soulfest, the official Earth Hour event with Peter Garrett, Telstra Stadium singing the national anthem for the Rugby World Cup, The Sydney Cricket Ground, The Morning Show on Channel 7 singing backing vocals for Stan Walker, Channel 9’s Getaway with her Trio and also singing backing vocals at the Aria Week celebrations for Jason Derulo’s signed artist - Arlene Zelina.
In 2017 she reached #8 on the iTunes charts with her Ministry of Sound collaboration track ‘Horses’ produced by Teddy Cream and Szabo. Also in 2017 she was featured as a back vocalist on the Warner single, ‘Loneliness’ by Karise Eden.
She has also supported acts such as Coolio (Gangsta’s Paradise), Something With Numbers, Karen Lee Andrews and has shared a stage with Paulini, Stan Walker and Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stoneage) playing their hit ‘No One Knows’ and many more.
Companies she has performed for include, AMPOL (2022), AMEX (2022), Cricket Australia (2021), ANZ (2021), Macquarie Bank (2019), AMP (2019) Shell (2019), Telstra for the Business Women’s Awards (2019), Google (2019), Facebook (2018), Sephora for a grand store opening (2018) and IBM (2019 & 2018) for their annual Think Summit and running and arranging a pop up choir for them (2018) and many more.
You can currently catch Emily performing with various different Sydney-based bands including; Soul Roots Revival Band, White Tree, Press Club, Pocketful of Soul, Clever Little Secretaries, Funkstar, The Uncle Dan Duo and many more.
In terms of education Emily attained a Bachelor of Music in 2010 and went on to teach at a tertiary level where she studied - at the Australian Institute of Music for many years. While teaching at AIM she ran choirs and individual vocal and songwriting classes.