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.
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? Yes.
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.