About Amy's Music
…a songwriter and performer to be reckoned with
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Amy is widely regarded as one of the country's most successful female singer/songwriters. Over the course of five solo albums, two collaborations, numerous compositions for other artists and hundreds of live performances all over the globe, she has established an outstanding body of work. Her voice is simply amazing with a breathtaking range and emotional impact while her songwriting continues to surpass most of her contemporaries. "An irresistible, riveting performer" - Bob Harris, BBC Radio2
Amy has released six albums to date, five solo albums - The Famous Hour (2002),
Woj (2004), No Sudden Moves (2006),
Bump (2008) and Acoustig (2009). Click on the album titles for further information about each release.
Rivers Apart (2011) was Amy's first collaboration with her live performance partner
Pete Riley. Another album with Pete is currently in production and is due out later 2012.
In the past, Amy was involved with a three part, female vocal harmony group called Hummingbird which toured extensively during 2006-7 and resulted in the album
Tougher Than Love (2007).
Amy is published by BDi Music Publishing and writes both with and for other artists, most notably
among them in recent times, double Brit Award winning artist Ed Sheeran. Together they co-wrote the EP,
Songs I Wrote with Amy and a number of other songs including, Gold Rush, which
features on the Deluxe Edition of Ed's million selling debut album, +.
Sion Russell Jones,
and newly discovered phenomenon Mahalia.
Amy started writing songs at the age of nine on the family piano. When she was 11, her parents bought her a junk shop guitar. She discovered a passion for the instrument and taught herself to play along to Tracy Chapman's debut album. While still at school, she gigged around Bristol's numerous music venues and caught the performing bug. At 14, she signed her first record deal with her band, 'Two Of A Mind' and released her first single at the age of 16.
At 19, after a year working in a record shop trying to decide what to do with her life, Amy moved to Wales to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she trained as an actor. She busked on the streets of Cardiff, to pay her way through college. At that time, the Welsh music scene launched some of the huge 'indie' bands that emerged from the city during the late nineties; The Manics, The Phonics, Catatonia and The Super Furries, etc. Their success was potent, the optimism infectious, and Cardiff became a hugely dynamic music city.
Amy started performing at open mic sessions in Cardiff's Toucan Club, developing a local fan base and gaining both experience and critical recognition. She received huge encouragement from some of the big players in the city at the time, among them producer, Greg Haver, who recorded her debut mini-album, The Famous Hour
After graduating, Amy decided to commit to music. She took a factory job, putting little boxes into big boxes, in order to give her enough time and a bit of money to pursue her ambition. She signed with a small independent Cardiff label, 'FF Vinyl', who were doing A&R work for the BBC at the time, seeking out local acts for the, Radio 2 'Music Live 2001' week in Cardiff. She got a slot on the Janice Long Late Night Session and was heralded as one of the week's highlights. The set was broadcast in its entirety that night.
'FF', released The Famous Hour and it ended up on the desk of the people launching 'BBC 6 Music'. They loved it and immediately asked Amy to perform at their launch night. Also on the bill that night were The Stereophonics, Embrace, Pete Yorn and Lenny Kravitz.
Rumours soon started flying, with speculation in the Welsh press that Amy was about to succeed Cerys Matthews, fronting Catatonia. None of this speculation was true but Aled Richards, Catatonia's drummer, was soon to join Amy's band.
Later that year, Amy appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival, took Brittany's Interceltic Festival by storm ('The Voice of her generation - a star is born' - Ouest-France), and was voted, Best Female Solo Artist at the 2002, Welsh Music Awards, beating Charlotte Church. Prestigious support spots flooded in, including opening for Van Morrison, Damien Rice, two tours with Eric Bibb and ultimately, the entire Jeff Beck, UK tour, in 2004, which saw Amy play The Albert Hall on two occasions.
Some weird and wonderful opportunities also came in, including touring Australia as a Welsh Assembly Government, cultural ambassador, during the 2003, Rugby World Cup. This tour included gigs varying from entertaining the Welsh and New South Wales Prime Ministers at an inter-governmental reception at Government House, to singing on a rock in the middle of the Seal Pool at the Sydney Aquarium! Also while in Australia, Amy clinched a licensing deal for her second album Woj and now enjoys a respectable Aussie following.
2003 also saw Amy take the Best Female Solo title at the Welsh Music Awards, for the second year running, this time ahead of Cerys Matthews.
Amy has continued recording and touring ever since, singing the length and breadth of the UK and beyond.
Amy is married to actor Alun ap Brinley and has two young daughters, Mali and Nel.