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Empire Beats


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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

Rock & Pop Medley

Superstition / Love Shack / Valerie / Higher and Higher

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green (Acoustic Duo)

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


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


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


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


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

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

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