"I love my Ukes. The sycamore one I named "Lil' Carl" and he has the perfect high tone for recording. My guitar player Kris Donegan (currently on tour with Sara Evans) played it on my new record "Land Like A Bird". The mango uke has a deep warm tone that I love to play live and has inspired me in my writing. Everywhere I go people ask me about my resonator ukes and I send them directly to you! Thanks guys!
Born in Baltimore, Folk/Americana singer-songwriter Amy Speace started out as an actress/director/playwright in Manhattan, after studying at Amherst College and The National Shakespeare Conservatory. A lifelong musician, it was a broken heart and a pawn shop guitar that spurned on a late blooming songwriting spurt, and Amy found herself juggling her theater life with her newfound life in clubs and cafes downtown Manhattan. Her songs -- honest emotional portraits of small moments, gestures, conversations. They read like impressionistic poetry, a glance of something true and universal, but specific and always grounded in plainspoken language. It was those songs and Amy's soaring, transparent voice that struck Judy Collins when demo's of Amy's reached Ms. Collins' ear, who brought her on the road with her, calling her "one of the best young songwriters I've heard." Championing Amy, Judy Collins signed her to her imprint, Wildflower Records, releasing "Songs For Bright Street" (2006) and "The Killer In Me" (2009). Both albums received high critical praise, and the song "The Killer In Me" was named NPR's Song of the Day. Judy Collins' recorded Amy's song "Weight of The World" for her latest record, a song that was just named #4 in WFUV's "Top 10 Folk Songs of the Decade." In October 2009, Amy flew south, relocating from her longtime home of NYC to Nashville. This year, Amy made a guest appearance on Memphis' Sid Selvidge's 2010 release, "I Should Be Blue", touring with Selvidge all summer, participated in tribute shows to Alex Chilton in Austin and Memphis, toured with Nanci Griffith in the Northeast, and recorded in East Nashville with songwriter/producer Neilson Hubbard. "Land Like A Bird" will be released by Thirty Tigers on March 29, 2011. "Speace sounds uncannily like a 21st Century Joan Baez, her timbred voice full of genuine emotions...the record soars with salient vocals and poetic lyrics." (The Classic Rock Examiner)
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