"So, I'll rejoin the wallflowers, and the misfits, and love's wronged.
I will quit writing you letters and go back to writing songs"
(from "Oh Heart, Oh Highway, 2008.)
Joni Mitchell, Sara Harmer, Ani DiFranco, Kathleen Edwards, Natalie Merchant, Gordon Lightfoot, Shawn Colvin
Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLaughlin, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt,
it's a tie - Joni Mitchell / Gordon Lightfoot
Level of Experience:
I prefer to write:
Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements
Architecture: Live at the Opera House (2003)
Oh Heart, Oh Highway (2008)
Letters Home (2012)
I am interested in:
Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Signing with a Label | Getting a Publishing Deal
Amy Campbell brings together classical training and folk sensibilities to create music that reaches into human experience and comes back with stories written from the soul. Devoted equally to lyrical craft, innovative musicianship, and engaging performances, Amy’s 15 years of writing, composing, and touring have cemented her position in hearts and playlists across the world.
Amy has just released a FACTOR-supported recording project produced by the incomparable Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, The Rheostatics, Karyn Ellis). Letters Home features performances by Ben Whiteley (New Country Rehab, The Good Lovelies) on upright bass, Jaron-Freeman Fox (The David Woodhead Confabulation, Delhi 2 Dublin) and Mary McGeer (The Talisker Players Chamber Orchestra) on strings, Jeff Heisholt (The Trews, Pete Elkas) on organs, David Matheson (Moxy Fruvous, Barenaked Ladies) on piano and guest vocals by Rose Cousins. Don’s arrangements are simple and tight, and beautifully complement Amy’s signature rythmic guitar compositions and thought-provoking, heart-rending lyrics.
Letters Home was released in July, 2012 with a sold-out CD release show at the Carleton in Halifax and a packed house at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.
Amy’s 2008 album and book project – Oh Heart, Oh Highway – was released with a successful tour, including appearances at the Halifax Pop Explosion, Toronto’s Cameron House, The BobCat concert series (Ottawa) and the legendary Yellow Door Coffeehouse (Montreal). New fans were drawn in by the album’s cinematic narratives, and ambitious artistic vision; as evidenced in March 2009, when Oh Heart, Oh Highway reached #1 on the coveted and influential Galaxie Folk/Roots chart.
Years of touring have led to several noteworthy appearances: Amy has performed as a supporting act to Penny Lang, Veda Hille, Justin Rutledge, Old Man Luedecke, and Thea Gilmore (in the UK); toured as support for Emm Gryner; and is a regular at noteworthy folk venues Club Passim (Boston), Hugh’s Room (Toronto), and The Blacksheep Inn (Wakefield, QC). Festival appearances include “The Stan Rogers Festival” (Nova Scotia), “The Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival” (Boston), “Ladyfest NY” (New York), an MPress Records showcase at the IndieGrrl Festival (Nashville), The Amherst Island Folk Festival (Ontario), and Island Folk Festival (Victoria, BC).
Amy’s work is supplemented by her community activism – Over the last six years she created an independent music program for participants at Sketch (Toronto working arts studio for homeless and street-involved youth), with whom she works regularly and intensely. She also has ongoing roles in such projects as Babes for Breasts (touring concert in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation), The Music Project (a songwriting program for teens at Camp Trillium), and Youth Without Shelter - a homeless shelter in Toronto, where she guides at-risk youth through a process of songwriting and recording.
Amy’s catalogue is available through iTunes, and online or via mail-order at www.amycampbell.ca.