Empire Beats

from£1,220

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With a fantastically funky selection of smooth 60s soul, 70s funk as well as dance anthems from the 1990s through to the 2010s, this band is guaranteed to get the dancefloor jumping!

Empire Beats are fronted by outstanding vocalist Gloria, who has extensive session singing experience under her belt and is also a vocal coach. Gloria was selected in the last 75 in Pop Idol 2003, in the last 10 in the VH1 Divas London Auditions, has had TV appearances on MTV and has even supported Jools Holland.

Her soulful, animated and passionate delivery combined with a great stage presence and the ability to interact with the audience makes her stand out from the crowd.

The band were quite superb: the brief was to get the diverse audience up on their feet, and they did it superbly, going the extra mile to make sure the party was going with a swing! Simon, 21st birthday celebration, Winchester, Hampshire

Between them members of Empire Beats have performed alongside and shared stages with some major acts, including; Jools Holland, The Beastie Boys, Dhol Foundation and Marlena Shaw.

Backing Gloria is an all-star band featuring guitar, drums, bass and trumpet/synths and a female backing vocalist. The band are available to book with a saxophonist, to form a two-piece brass section (highly recommended for the vintage soul and funk repertoire) or a percussionist (for the grooviest sound possible!)

Discounts available! Empire Beats are currently offering rates which are lower than their advertised "from" price, for events occurring on a Monday-Wednesday and in Oct, Nov, Jan and Feb.

Performance info

Line-up Female lead vocals; drums; bass; guitar; keyboards; trumpet
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute sets
Interval music Yes (included in price)
Lighting Yes (included in price)

Booking options

Song requests
Add £0
The band are happy to learn and perform a request (e.g. first dance), subject to suitability
Add saxophone
Add £195
For solos and an authentic soul and R&B sound
Add percussion (congas, tambourine, bells, shakers, etc)
Add £195
For extra rhythm
Add saxophone and percussion
Add £370
For the ultimate live band sound
Extra performances
Add £150 per half hour
Extend the band's sets by up to one hour
Add afternoon duo
Add £240
For 1 x 60 minute set of relaxed laid back lounge music

90, 00s & 10s

Apparently Nothin’ - Brand New Heavies
Back to Life - Soul II Soul
Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
Crazy In Love - Beyonce
Dub Be Good To Me - Beats International
Finally - Cece Peniston
Forget you - CeeLo Green
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Groove is in the heart - Dee Lite
Gypsy Woman - Crystal Waters
Happy - Pharrell
Killing Me Softly - The Fugees
Love Shack - The B52's
Real Love - Clean Bandit Ft Jess Glynne
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Teardrops - Womack and Womack
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Waka Waka - Shakira

80s

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Celebration - Kool and the Gang
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - Blues Brothers
Everyday People - Arrested Development
I'm Coming out - Diana Ross
It Must Be Love - Madness
Kiss - Prince
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life - Indeep
Master Blaster - Stevie Wonder
Word up - Cameo
You’ve Got The Love - Candi Staton

70s

Always and Forever – Luther Vandross
Back to My Roots - Odyssey
Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Blame It on the Boogie - Jackson 5
Express Yourself - Charles Wright
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
Lady Marmalade - Labelle
Le Freak - Chic
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
Oh What a Night - the Four Seasons
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Thinking of You - Sister Sledge
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
We’ve Only Just Begun - the Carpenters
You're All I Need to Get by - Marvin Gaye

60s

Baby Love - The Supremes
Dancing in the Street - Martha and the Vandellas
Do You Love Me? – The Contours
Fever - Shirley Bassey
Higher And Higher – Jackie Wilson
I got you, I Feel Good - James Brown
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett- The Commitments
R.E.S.P.E.C.T - Aretha Franklin
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
Soul Man - Sam and Dave
Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
Think - Aretha Franklin

Christmas

Last Christmas - Wham!
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee

Superstition / Love Shack / Valerie / Higher and Higher

Kiss / I'm Coming Out / Dancing In The Street / Thinking of You / Freak Out / Teardrops / Tainted Love

Let’s Stay Together (afternoon background music piano/vocal duo)

Book with confidence! After events, we ask our clients what they thought of our acts. We publish what they say here, so you can read genuine, unbiased feedback before booking.

“They were superb, again (we booked them two years ago). They seemed really happy to be there, it did not seem like a job to them.”

Simon, Birthday Party, Kent, June 2019

“They were superb, again (we booked them two years ago). They seemed really happy to be there, it did not seem like a job to them.”

Vicki, QVC Hawaiian Summer Party, Hinterlands in Liverpool, June 2019

“The act were fantastic for an event like this and had everyone up dancing immediately. The band were really friendly and accommodating.”

Gavin, Charity Ball at the Manor Hotel in Gravesend, November 2018

“I hired the band for my 50th Birthday party. I thought they were excellent, played exactly the kind of music I was looking for and which got everyone up on the floor dancing, even from the first song which is always difficult. The singers were superb and everyone enjoyed the interactive session, especially me! All of my guests were very complimentary about the band and we all had a brilliant time. In fact, we're still talking about the party and what an excellent band they were. Function Central provided a straightforward service and I easily identified the type of band I was looking for. Once I had submitted an enquiry, the response was very quick and it was very easy to confirm the booking and finalise all the arrangements. An excellent service.”

Debbie, 50th Birthday, London. September 2018

“Empire Beats delivered an incredible performance during our Big Day and rocked our night. All the guests were very impressed by the quality of the performance and they got everybody dancing their best moves. The repertoire was just amazing and so spot on for what we wanted for our Big Night. Last but not least, they were able to perform live our first song, which made it even more incredible. They are top notch and we highly recommend them for anyone who would like to have the best. And thank you so much Empire Beats for having contributed to what made our Big Day perfect.”

Jean-Marc, Wedding, September 2018

“Everyone must hire this band!!!!!! They ended the most perfect day in the most perfect style!!!!! The dancefloor was packed throughout the night. Empire Beats had an excellent playlist and sang each song outrageously well!!!!! The band themselves were accommodating, flexible and ever the true professionals. Everyone was raving about the band afterwards; those of our friends and family who are not yet married have said they want Empire Beats to be their wedding band. They were absolutely amazing.”

Iain, Wedding, Brentwood, September 2018

“Having only heard the sound bites on the web for Empire Beats I was very nervous as to what they would sound like in the flesh on the night of my 40th - I have to say that there was no need to have worried at all - they were absolutely excellent! Everyone commented on how professional they were and how great they sounded - I was very, very pleased with their performance. In addition, they were very flexible over setting up early and adjusted their time slots on the night to suit the mood of the party. I would have no hesitation over booking them again. Very good service from Function Central too, great website, polite and helpful and got us exactly what we wanted on the night that we needed it. Great.”

Phil, 40th Birthday Party, Sussex, August 2018

“Brilliant! They were so good we nearly missed out flight to Lisbon! Empire Beats are guaranteed to get any party started and we would have no problem in recommending them, in fact they took two bookings, from guests, on the night of our wedding!”

Graham, Wedding, Surrey, 2018

“Thank you to the band for a superb gig at our wedding on Saturday 25th October. It made it a very special event for us and the dancing did not stop from the moment you started. It was great to hear such a varied repertoire so professionally sung, supported by TOP QUALITY musicians. There are bands and then there are BANDS..... and I can assure anyone reading this review who are considering you for a coming wedding or event that they will be knocked out by you. Fantastic. Good luck for the future... you deserve to be busy.”

Neil, Wedding, London, 2018

“Everyone loved the energy of the band and the amazing lead vocals!”

Ben & Cassie, Wedding, Milling Barn in Hertfordshire, July 2018

“Superb. Even the staff at the venue stated it was among the very best groups they have ever had at the venue. All the guests commented that the music was unexpected as it covered all ages. The sound checks were done before the event and they cleared away calmly and quietly to let the disco do its 'thing'. The set up was early and 'demands' from the band didn't exist. We fed them and gave them a place to use as preparation and to dress and they got on with it. I cannot speak highly enough of them and their professionalism....and I have booked many bands over some 30 years!”

Mark, 60th Birthday Party, Norfolk, April 2018

“You and your band were great, just what we hoped for!”

Ben, Wedding, London, October 2017

“Wow! Thank you so much all of you! Valarie and I had a super evening. What a brilliant evening we ALL enjoyed last night dancing to your fab-u-lous music!! Everybody said what a great evening it was and that Empire Beats was the best group they had ever heard and we totally agree! Thanks to you all.”

Nigel & Valerie, Wedding, Surrey, September 2017

“Just want to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of the band for helping make the day so much more special. We've had so much feedback from guests saying you were the best wedding band they've ever seen. Me and my wife totally agree. Big thanks again.”

Peter & Olivia, Wedding, West Sussex, September 2017

“Empire Beats were absolutely fantastic, they totally made our evening reception and kept everyone on the dance floor all night. Cracking setlist and they even had the bride and bridesmaids up on the stage singing along! Would highly recommend to anyone.”

Amy, Wedding at Suffolk Barn in Bury St. Edmunds, September 2017

“Fantastic Empire Beats did a superb job at our 50th birthday party. Nothing was too much trouble and they were genuinely keen for us to have a good time.”

Simon, 50th Birthday Party, London, August 2017

“Empire Beats were great. From the minute they started playing the dance floor was buzzing with funky tunes for everyone. I would not hesitate in recommending them for any wedding or private party. They were fab!”

Sarah, Wedding, London, 2017

“The band were quite superb: the brief was to get the diverse audience up on their feet, and they did it superbly, going the extra mile to make sure the party was going with a swing. I'd definitely recommend them to anyone!”

Simon, 21st birthday celebration, Winchester, Hampshire, July 2017

“The band were incredible, they got the whole crowd up and dancing, Gloria is a brilliant front woman and epic entertainer. The music was phenomenal, countless guests commented on how fantastic the band were. No one wanted them to leave, they really made our wedding epic!”

Fritha, Wedding, East Sussex, July 2016

“Nice set guys - You were great! Thank you so much for playing!”

Dame Kelly Holmes, Charity Ball, Reading, 2016

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