With a stark and honest intensity, Amy Obenski’s rich, crystalline voice cuts through the noise of every day life. She’s a California native. Raised in San Diego and now based in San Francisco, the sound of the far west is unmistakably infused into her words and sound. She’s toured the West Coast for ten years and even got her song “Carousel” into the Hollywood scene when it was placed on the TV Show, Grey’s Anatomy.
In 2012 Amy went to Europe for the first time with a mind open to surprises. This is where she met The Carbone Band from Nantes, France. During her one-week visit they had a practice and two concerts. The music was a collision of Amy’s free “California girl” sound and the French’s deep passion and intensity. The music and their personalities immediately clicked.
Two days after her return to California, Amy decided she was going back to France. And not only did she return to France but also planned a four month tour to get her there. The tour took her across the United States, the U.K. and France, where she reunited with The Carbone Band. They played several concerts and the music started to grow and solidify into a unique collaboration: Intensely passionate, grounded rock that sways as if floating on the breeze.
The following summer of 2013 Amy returned to Europe for a third time and spent three months with The Carbone Band. They recorded an album and participated in an artist in residence at La Maison des Arts. Her fifth album, Restless, will release in summer of 2014. Restless features the distinctive sound of The Carbone Band and also students and associates of La Maison des Arts. The Carbone Band is comprised of Philippe Crochet on guitar, Josselin Sebille on bass and Mourad Aït Abdelmalek on the drums.
Amy’s musical history stretches back to age five, when she began singing in her school choir. She took up piano at age six and has been studying music ever since. She finally picked up the guitar when she began songwriting at twenty-two.
In Santa Cruz, California, she supported local organizations through a series of benefit concerts called Take Back Your Forest. Collectively they raised six thousand dollars for the Sempervirens Fund, an organization that purchases and protects redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She continues to support these types of organizations as much as possible. In 2012, her Carbon Conscious Tour raised awareness about the burning of rainforest in South America and the affects on climate change.