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In 2003 Amy released her first cd of all original tunes on indie Chilaha Records. Souldier was a coming of age tale, revealing many personal experiences from her youth and political views describing who she was and what she thought about life up until that time. Mixed in were a few songs relating to love and loneliness, a reoccurring theme in her lyrics.
“On Souldier I was crying out, trying to release a lot of my past that had been burning inside for so long. On Meadowland I feel like I am not so a lone anymore. I don’t need to shout. A lot of these new songs are so much fun to sing because they have hidden secrets inside them that only I understand but which everyone has felt at one time or the other.”
Meadowland will be released on local Kansas City Chilaha Records. The song list seems to hold a theme of relationship, longing, nature, femininity and life. Titles include: Windswept, Feel My Love, and Scarlett Cardinal. Her vocal style has been compared to that of Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams and Dusty Springfield, all people she says she admires. Musically you hear a bit of everything. With husband Scott in the studio playing drums, bass and acting as engineer you can detect a bit of rock thrown into the alt country/folk pop mix. But with Amy playing guitar and piano we hear a melancholy sound; she relates something only a girl from the Kansas prairies could understand: that life is sometimes lonely, but always full of beauty and joy. She calls out to us with the title song, “When you gonna hold my hand, and take me to the isles of the Meadowland?”