Emma Dykes is shining a light on homelessness and spreading kindness with her latest single, Walk A Mile.
Released on October 29, Emma was inspired to write Walk A Mile after seeing how a homeless man was treated on the subway in New York.
The Mid North Coast singer-songwriter joined forces with Golden Guitar winner Roger Corbett, and they crafted the song to show the human side of homelessness and to remind people to be kind.
"I went to Nashville to record the album, The Riddle of Life, and (husband) Aaron took me on the subway. There was a man who was telling his story of how he became homeless," Emma said.
"People pretended he wasn't there and ignored him, but halfway through the trip, a lady and her son got on the train. The little boy started playing with the man who was homeless and as people watched on, he became just a normal person on the train.
"I've always loved the saying 'walk a mile in someone else's shoes'. It could be that someone is having a bad day, it's not necessarily about you, but they may have had rough times. We don't know, and shouldn't judge, without walking a mile in their shoes."
Emma said, from the outside looking in, you didn't know what the man's story was until he explained that his father had cancer and his family had ended up with no home.
"I wrote it with Roger Corbett when he offered to spend some time with me writing and mentoring. I knew Roger from the Academy of Country Music and it was so good to catch up with him and write something with the same essence but still a bit different to what I normally write," she said.
"Walk A Mile reminds us that although we might not feel we have much to give people, you can always give them a smile and that's really needed at the moment. It's a nice time to release this song for that reason because it has a happy vibe and an inspirational feel."
Emma said we all needed a reminder to choose kindness now and then.
After becoming a mum to her son, Ryder, 18 months ago, it's been a while between new singles for Emma, but she's ready to pick up the guitar and get back into making music.
"Being a mum now, Walk A Mile hits home more than ever," she said.
"I want to make sure we're going in the right direction in the world for him to grow up in. Our kid's futures depend on the world we create today."