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Merrill Amos' career is skyrocketing. Having landed a coveted space front-and-center on the cover of the 2012 Edition of The Indie Bible, she has gained recognition across genres and around the world. Her debut acoustic EP, Cold Hands, Warm Heart dropped on iTunes in 2010 and has won followers worldwide. The EP is made up of 8 refreshing yet familiar tracks, each of which takes on the aim of simply portraying the human experience – and they succeed. Listeners become instantly engaged in each piece and experience the music in a way that makes them come away thinking about what they have just heard and in turn want to listen again and again.
At only 22, Merrill Amos has already established her music career on and off the stage. She has worked with acclaimed artists such as Skylar Grey, Carolina Liar, SONOS (of TV's The Sing Off), and VH1 You Oughta Know artist SafetySuit as well as headlined her own shows, playing a variety of venues from festivals to fundraisers, in addition to producing concerts for other artists and causes throughout the entire US. “I feel as if I’m really accomplishing what I’ve set out to do when my words and music form a connection with others,” says Merrill, “to be able to relate to people on that level, and do it through music…there’s nothing more I can ask for!”
A versatile musician, Merrill is influenced by music genres across the board – anywhere from punk to electronica to country – making for an unparalleled melding of style, precision, and flow. Mark Bialczack of the Syracuse Post-Standard said of one of Merrill’s recent live performances: “Her guitar work was sweet. Her voice was even sweeter. But Amos' lyrics carried a bit of a bite, too, as she sang, "I've never been one for long goodbyes."
Merrill packed up her car in August 2011 and drove the 2,915 miles - by herself - across the US to move to Los Angeles, playing a series of 5 shows along the way, calling the trek The I Don't Live Here Tour. Born in Syracuse, New York, Ms. Amos is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY with a degree in Women’s Studies and Political Science, an area that deeply inspires the lyrical content of her songs. She believes that poetry is at the root of music and says, “I don’t write about anything that isn’t true or that hasn’t happened…” highlighting her hard-to-find desire to uphold the art behind her songs, saying, “many of these songs come straight from lines of poetry I’ve written and simply set them to music. It’s my way of sharing who I am and how I’m feeling with the world –I use myself as a sort of billboard; exposing what I believe in and stand for – one of my favorite quotes is from Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world,’ and each of my songs is simply me putting my best foot forward.”
From the very start of her career, Merrill has received praise for her dedication and infectiously happy nature, being called a local female sensation after only her first performance. Merrill is currently writing for her sophomore EP and will dive into the studio again in 2012. The same passion and dedication that have driven her career forward as a force to be reckoned with will be exactly what carries her to the top.
Those who hear Merrill Amos’ music become instant fans of her rare pairing of talent and charm, making it only a matter of time until she claims her status as indie music’s best un-kept secret.