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With her self-released cd, Mr. Heart, in 2002, Amy Fairchild came into her own and quickly garnered critical acclaim. "Fairchild is on the verge of big things," said Steve Morse of The Boston Globe. In the words of rock critic, Dave Marsh, "The return of the singer-songwriter as the main trend in pop seems perpetually just over the horizon, and artists like Fairchild are a good reason why." Album Network said, "Reminiscent of Sheryl Crow, Fairchild effortlessly delivers natural lyrics and organic vocals, while her band keeps it rocking. This stuff is really cool." Sensitive introspection, a sharp melodic radar, rock and roll's rebellious energy, and an intuitive feel for the understated power of an acoustic guitar and a good lyric all inform her music and distinguish Amy as a dynamic performer. Seth Rogovoy of The Berkshire Eagle says, “Fairchild combines the literate intimacy of a new-folk singer-songwriter, the unerring pop-rock instincts of a Sheryl Crow, and the moves of a rock goddess.”
In 2003, the song ‘Renee’ from Mr. Heart won Grand Prize in the coveted Pop Category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. In 2002, ‘Falling Down,’ won in the Pop Category of the same contest, in addition to the Maxell Song of the Year. And, ‘Tuesday,’ a song about Sept 11th, won Grand Prize in the Country/Folk Category of the Billboard Songwriting Competition. Song placements include ‘Humble Pie,' which was used in an episode of Dawson’s Creek and ‘Beautiful Secret,’ placed in the national touring company production of Spiderman Live, as well as on an episode on Joan of Arcadia (CBS). Fairchild was also nominated for two Boston Music Awards in 2003: Best Female Vocalist and Best Female Singer/Songwriter, and earned another nomination at the BMA's in 2009 for Best Folk Act.
Fairchild’s musical career began in Northampton, MA in 1994 with the release of her first CD “She’s Not Herself,” which was voted Album of the Year by several local papers. She moved to New York City in 1997 and her performances immediately filled clubs throughout the city. In May of 2001, she won the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition, joining a list of winners that includes Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin. She was also the NYC 1999 Lilith Fair Talent Search Winner, and performed at the Jones Beach stop of the tour. In addition to the Lilith Fair headliners, she has shared the stage with such diverse artists as Hall and Oates, The Bacon Brothers, Ben Folds, Robbie Fulks, Pat Benetar and Joan Osborne.
Mr. Heart was produced by Boston’s multi-instrumentalist/producer Adam Steinberg and features Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, Natalie Merchant) and Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Neil Finn) on bass, Gary Burke (Joe Jackson, Bob Dylan) on drums and Steinberg on electric guitar, keyboards and more. She currently resides in Boston, MA and is working on material for a new record to be, again, produced by Adam Steinberg. Basic tracks are completed for a new record, recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham, MA. An October, 2011 release is expected. Stay tuned for cd release party announcements!