Empire Soul - Soul & Motown in Hampshire

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Based: Hampshire

Guide Price: £1600

Genre: Soul & Motown

Line-Up: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys, Vocals (Trumpet & Sax add-on)

Lead Vocals: Female vocals


Assembled from seven of the south coast's most formidable session musicians, Empire Soul offer up two hours of your favourite Motown tunes the way they were meant to be heard. A barnstorming band, complimented by the electrifying addition of trumpet and saxophone for that real soul feel; and topped off with a breathtaking vocal performance by their beguiling female lead. Their setlist is compiled from all of your favourite indestructible soul classics, as well as a healthy handful of contemporary chart hits: From Justin Timberlake to The Jackson 5, Empire Soul's repertoire is guaranteed to please every one of your guests from the young to the young at heart. Complete with stunning production, two sets of incredible live music and a DJ/Disco set provided as standard, every aspect of your evening's entertainment will be catered for in a single booking. Leaving you to relax, kick back and pack the dance floor along with the rest of your guests!

Empire Soul's standard entertainment package will cover your whole evening and includes:

  • Professional 7-piece band with female lead vocals
  • 2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minute live sets
  • Great set list covering classic and modern dance floor fillers
  • Professional PA & stage lighting
  • Pre-mixed disco before and after live sets (tailored to your tastes)
  • PAT and PLI certificates
  • Special request performed

Empire Soul are based in Hampshire and are available for hire art weddings and corporate functions across the UK & Europe.

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1999 - Prince
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now - McFadden and Whitehead
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
Baby Love - The Supremes
Band Of Gold - Freda Payne
Blame It On The Boogie - The Jackson 5
Build me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Celebration - Kool and the Gang
Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
Crazy In Love/Crazy - Beyonce/Gnarls Barkley
Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves
Dancing On The Ceiling - Lionel Richie
Disco Inferno - The Trammps/Tina Turner
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Drifters Medley (Come On Over, There Goes My First Love, Kissing In
The Back Row, More Than Number)
Get Ready - The Temptations
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Happy - Pharrell
Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Heatwave - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
I Feel Good - James Brown
I’m Coming Out - Diana Ross
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Jimmy Mack/Where Did Our Love Go - Martha Reeves
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars Live Soul Version
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Love In Acapulco - The Four Tops
My Guy - Mary Wells
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Nutbush City Limits - Tina Turner
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
P.Y.T - Michael Jackson
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Reach Out (I’ll Be There) - The Four Tops
River Deep Mountain High - Tina Turner
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Same Old Song - The Four Tops
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) - Michael Jackson
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Soul Man - Sam and Dave
Stop! In The Name Of Love - The Supremes/Diana Ross
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart - Dusty Springfield/Beverley Knight
This Old Heart Of Mine - The Isley Brothers
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
Uptight - Stevie Wonder
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson
Valerie - Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
We Can Work It Out - Stevie Wonder
Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Diana Ross
You Keep Me Hanging On - The Supremes/ Kim Wilde
You Might Need Somebody - Randy Crawford/Shola Ama
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
Young Hearts - Candi Staton


Frosty The Snowman - The Jacksons
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Sam Smith
I Wish It Could Be Christmas - Wizzard
Last Christmas - Wham
Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade
Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin’ Stevens
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Supremes
White Christmas - The Drifters
Winter Wonderland



“The band was loved by the guests, and lots of people were asking about who they were and where they were from and how to find them. Great entertainment, and highly recommended.”Sarah Steel - Wedding, De Vere Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney


“Empire Soul were amazing! We really couldn't have asked for more on the night. We all had such a fun evening, and the dance floor was never empty. A lot of our thank you notes have mentioned how good the band were, so thank you so much to Empire Soul for making it so special. The performance from every member of the band was brilliant, and the selection of songs were spot on. We have to give a special thank you for our first dance, it could have been a bit strange having not heard them perform it before we got up to dance but it was just perfect and started the evening off with a bang! Thank you so much, we will certainly recommend Empire Soul and Tailored Entertainment to our friends and family!”Lucy - Wedding, Private Address, Somerset


“Hi, Guys were laid back and easy to deal with. There was a really good mix of songs, people got up and danced, the lead singer was brilliant and I thought they were a brilliant band. Well done all. Thanks Julie”Julie - Corporate, Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa, Southampton


“Empire Soul were just BRILLIANT. They were professional, friendly and sounded amazing. Our dance floor was full all night. Please pass on my sincere thanks to the band for putting up with another band and PA getting in their way, and allowing me to indulge in a little singing with them as well - really helped to make the day.”Chloe Goodyear - Wedding, Harry Warren House, Dorset


“Hey Phoebe, please can you pass on our thanks to the band for last night, they were incredible!! Everyone loved them and they were so lovely to chat too. We said our thanks but what with the end of the night thank yous and goodbye but we wanted to send extra thanks because they were fantastic!!! Thanks so much for making the whole process so easy!!!!”Rosie & Ryland - Wedding, Southend Barns, Chichester


I really want to have a great party with everyone on the dance floor - are you the right band for that?
Absolutely! We have been performing at weddings and events for several years and have an infectious live show that guarantees a packed dance floor and a party that you and your guests will remember for years to come! Our repertoire features the biggest classic and current chart hits, so there's certainly something for everyone.

Do you take requests?
We are happy to perform one special request for you - for weddings this is usually the first dance. You can also let us know your top 10 preferences from the repertoire, as well as send up to 30 requests for the disco - so you can be sure to hear all your favourites on the evening.

How long do you take to set-up?
90 minutes. If you are organising a wedding or event where the evening reception is in the same room as your meal, we often arrive to set-up while the room is turned around - we can have background music playing within around 30 minutes of load in.

What time do you play?
At a time to suit your event, standard prices are for 2 hours of live music, any time between 7pm and midnight.

How long do you play for?
We perform 2 x 60-minute live sets (or 3 x 40 minutes) in the evening and also provide a pre-mixed disco (tailored to your tastes) before and after live sets, so your whole night of entertainment is covered in one booking.

Can you provide music for our drinks reception?
Yes - we can have our pianist perform up to 90 minutes instrumental music for you as an add-on, which is perfect for during drinks or dinner.

Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Yes – all included in the price. You won't have to hire any additional equipment in.

What is the website guide price based on?
The published guide price is based on our 5-piece line-up performing at a venue within 30 miles of our base in Southampton. We charge travel costs for venues further than 30 miles, and if your venue is more than a 2 hours 30 mins drive home, we charge a bit extra so we can book accommodation. For an accurate quote please contact us with your event date and venue details.

Our venue has a noise limiter, can you work with that?
Yes, we regularly work at venues with noise limiters. We are happy to contact the venue in advance of the event to make sure we have all the required information to enable us to plan accordingly.

Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

Will you perform our first dance?
Yes, as long as we have two weeks' notice we will learn the first dance of your choice.

How much space do you require?
We have played in some very small spaces, but ideally a minimum of around 2.5m x 5m.

How much power do you require?
2 x 13-amp sockets is fine for our system.

Do I need to provide food/drinks?
Ideally soft drinks and a hot meal or buffet. However, this is certainly not a deal breaker so if you can’t provide this, just let us know in advance and we’ll bring food & drink with us.

Can we see you play live before booking?
As a professional function band our bookings tend to be weddings and private events that unfortunately we are unable to invite guests to. Our videos are a very accurate insight into our look and sound, and we'd also encourage you to check out our testimonials page to see what previous clients have said about their experience with the band.



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“Cannot recommend this band enough!! Seen them twice... they stole the show both times. Absolutely nailed it on the night!! Can't speak highly enough of Tailored Ents. Thoroughly professional!”Gary - Birthday Party, Essex
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