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Amy Speace

Amy Speace

Folk / Americana / Singer/Songwriter Nashville, TN  US
How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat
How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat


Amy Speace doing "The Killer in Me"


  • Sat

    Jun 27

    East Lansing, MI, US | 6:30pm

    Amy Speace, with special guest Telisha Williams (Wild Ponies) playing bass is back for a special Pump House Show. Suggested donation $15 http://www.amyspeace.com/ “Amy Speace channels the classics,” writes Billboard Magazine of “That Kind Of Girl” (Windbone, March 2015), her most personal record yet. Jon Pareles of The New York Times described the record as “grace over drama” and No Depression wrote “The next time someone tells you they don’t make good music anymore, tell them they must not have heard of Amy Speace. She is a timeless singer/songwriter who has captured this writer’s attention with a record which should be a topic of debate on several year-end award lists.“ Recorded in 3 days with producer Neilson Hubbard and a small ensemble of musicians, the record is spare and direct, honest and focused. Holly George-Warren, celebrated author and music critic, calls it “breathtaking.” Baltimore–born Folk/Americana songwriter Speace received rave reviews for her 2013 record, “How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat,” a song cycle inspired by Shakespearean characters, from Mojo Magazine to The New York Times to a feature on NPR’s “All Things Considered”. She was discovered by Judy Collins in 2005, releasing her debut in 2006 on Collins’ Wildflower Records, “Songs For Bright Street” to rave reviews. “The Killer In Me” was released in 2009 with NPR comparing her to a young Lucinda Williams. Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, the late Memphis blues artist Sid Selvidge, Red Molly and others. Her song “The Weight of the World”, which Judy Collins has called “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard” was named as the #4 Folk Song of the Decade by NYC’s premiere AAA radio station WFUV. She has toured and shared the stage with Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Ian Hunter, Alejandro Escovedo. "There are voices that serve as a bridge from the past to the future and act as soul connectors, and as a people we need them to keep singing. These voices open hearts with this rare, one in a million quality. Amy Speace has such a voice. Just ask the legendarily discerning Judy Collins; she'll tell you. Amy's got it, and then some. She is a timeless artist, a time traveler. Part past, part future. And that’s a good thing, a really good thing." - Mary Gauthier “What Amy Speace says – what she sings – she says with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity,” writes The New York Times. Speace is one of the most heralded singers and songwriters of her generation, working for the past 10 years under the radar of the mainstream music industry. She began her creative life in NYC in theater, mostly in Shakespeare, mostly in fringe and experimental companies. A lifelong musician, it was a chance meeting with legend Judy Collins that changed the direction of her life when Collins invited her to join her on tour and subsequently recorded her song “The Weight of the World”, calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard”. That song was named as the #4 Folk Song Of The Decade by DJ John Platt of NYC's WFUV. In 2006, Speace signed to Collins’ Wildflower Records and released her debut Songs For Bright Street , which received widespread critical acclaim and included a duet with The Jayhawks' Gary Louris and guest appearances by Soozie Tyrell of the E-Street Band. In 2009, her sophomore follow up, The Killer In Me, which was recorded with legendary producer/engineer Mitch Easter in North Carolina was considered by many critics in the line of great break-up records, and earned her comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash. NPR said that Amy "expertly chronicled heartbreak" on this song cycle inspired by her divorce and mostly written while she was living in a small cabin in the Catskills. Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople fame was featured in two duets, as was her longtime touring band The Tearjerks. In late 2009, Speace moved to East Nashville and began work on a series of songs chronicling that migration. She released 2011's Land Like A Bird with Thirty Tigers. In 2013, her next and first truly independent project, How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat and it's companion EP Same Old Storm brought her the best press of her career. An ambitious narrative that wove Speace's songs loosely around the characters ad poetry of Shakespeare, Stormy Boat was featured in an NPR “All Things Considered” piece and received raves from The New York Times, Mojo Magazine, American Songwriter and others. Rock critic Dave Marsh, who contributed the album's liner notes, wrote "Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open." Amy Speace has appeared on Mountain Stage, Music City Roots, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival. She has shared the stage with Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Judy Collins, Ian Hunter, Alejandro Escovedo. Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Sid Selvidge and many others.

  • Sun

    Jun 14

    Aberdeen, NC, US | 6:46pm
  • Sat

    Jun 13

    York, SC, US | 9:00pm
  • Thu

    Jun 4

    Pensacola, FL, US | 12:00am
  • Fri

    May 15

    Sevenoaks, UK | 6:00pm


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  • Miriam Rudström (Fan)
    Miriam Rudström
    Great music and your voice has soul and feeling....I love it Miriam
  • Jerry Lee Willis (Artist)
    Jerry Lee Willis
    Enjoyed your video and the other music. Best Wishes, Jerry
  • Queen V (Artist)
    Queen V
    This is the best music I've heard since Ricky E. Lee!
  • Caroline Moore Music (Artist)
    Caroline Moore Music
    great voice! Soulful and Inspired!
  • Michael David Sherwood (Artist)
    Michael David Sherwood
    Hi Amy, I love your music! "Better" is one of my favorites, but "The Killer in Me" is Awesome!! A great arrangement and such a personal touch with the way you perform the song, its so heartfelt - your vocals are fantastic! Just Love it!! Michael
  • Blue Copper (Artist)
    Blue Copper
    Hello Amy.I really like your music.Good luck to you...


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Label: windbone records

Manager: John Porter/mood indigo entertainment

Bio: If you are a fan of singer-songwriter/folk/Americana music, you’ve probably heard Amy Speace’s name over the past few years trumpeted by many heralding her as a ‘torchbearer’, bridging the gap between old and new schools of folk music from Mary Gauthier to Judy Collins, who recorded Amy’s song “W...See Full Bio

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"A collection of gems, a little dark around the edges. As a singer she's got a soulful voice that grabs your ears. Take note, Amy Speace is one artist you won't want to miss."

— John Platt, WFUV, New York

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