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Amy Courts

by Amy Courts

With passionately evocative vocals fueled by driving instrumentals and insightful lyrics, Amy Courts weaves life into music captivating audiences with a heart-on-her-sleeve vulnerability.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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1. Barely Breathing
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2. Company
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3. Where Are You Now
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4. Save Me
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5. Alone
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6. Free
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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With the July 2008 release of the independent follow-up to her 2005 EP, THESE COLD AND RUSTED LUNGS, produced by Nelison Hubbard (Garrison Starr, Matthew Perryman Jones, Kate York, Matthew Ryan), Amy Courts shows with effortless fluency that she is indeed here to stay. With her trademark impassioned vocals, captivating melodies, and audacious honesty, she ably takes on love, heartache, spirituality, and personal demons. Though her voice and songs invoke inevitable comparisons to great singer-songwriters like Jennifer Knapp, Patty Griffin, and Derek Webb, her sound and experience are uniquely her own, and are delivered with a rare distinction.

Since making the move to Nashville in September 2003, Amy released a debut EP, took on marriage and step-motherhood, quit her day job, embarked on a full-time career in music, and became an artist sponsor with the African Aid organization, Mocha Club. In promotion of her music and Mocha Club sponsorship, she has performed hundreds of acoustic and full-band concerts across the nation, including four Major League Baseball and NASCAR National Anthem performances and an acoustic pre-game fan concert in the Summer of 2008 for hundreds of thousands of fans at the Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Kansas City Royals. Additionally, her first two singles from THESE COLD AND RUSTED LUNGS - "Shiver" and "The Liars" - are currently playing in regular rotation on over 150 stations worldwide and have both reached #3 on CRW's Independent Radio Charts.

“The past five years have been a bit of a whirlwind,“ Amy notes. “As my life has expanded into marriage, step-motherhood, and lending my voice and passion to the incredible needs in Uganda, I’m constantly aware of the need to deliberately give myself to something bigger than me. Whether by giving my family an hour of time I might rather spend writing or resting, forgiving someone who hasn’t asked for it, being deliberate about spiritual quietness, or acting on my human responsibility to care for the fatherless and the widow simply because I am able, I’m continually challenged and inspired to reach beyond my own issues into a wider sphere and higher calling.”

And reach she does. As her life and passions have evolved, they have delivered Amy into a place of greater personal maturity and global understanding, which she explores in depth. Without becoming egocentric or self-indulgent, she dives into common human experiences with profound effect. In the rock ballads, “Hold You Up” and “Company,” Amy expresses that despite hurt, frustration, and time spent apart in marriage, committed, unconditional love is the end-all. Paradoxically, “Inevitable” and “I Told You So” relate to the harsher sides of romance, when efforts are exhausted and love isn’t quite enough.

The more personal memoirs of “The Liars” and “Barely Breathing” show Amy fighting the inner demons of fear and disillusionment that invariably accompany spiritual drought. And still, she draws the focus back to ultimate hope with “Nothing Better” and “In You.”

Though undeniably heavy and occasionally dark, Amy’s message music is ultimately a declaration of abandoned hope and a call to greater personal action. Where other artists skim the surface or sit comfortably in the realms of musical interest alone, Amy digs deep and gives generously from those depths. Whether through her on-stage performance, or in her daily passion for global and local social justice, Amy makes an indelible mark on everyone she meets.


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Bill Snodgrass

Great Discovery!
Earlier this week, I received Amy Courts' RP--in her case, a seven track CD. I am very glad I ordered it!

It is my opinion that Amy need not relocate to get noticed. Given her talent and how she uses it, she has many years of music ahead of her. Amy's CD is solidly produced, nicely packaged, and jammed full of songs that demonstrate a range in styles and a determined commitment to quality.

Amy has a voice that reminded me remotely of Stevie Nicks, only smoother. Amy points to Jewel as an influence, and there are some similarities in voice there too--probably a better match than Nicks, who just happened to have shuffled through my iPod adjacent to Amy. (And, Amy does mention Fleetwood Mac as another influence, so maybe I earn partial credit.) Blend in a touch of Cheryl Crow, while your at it. In sum, she has a voice that, although certainly her own, has qualities that the listener will find familiar and instantly likable.

She sings to arrangements that are energetic and variable. Making use of the standard guitar, keys, bass, and drums, Amy accomplishes what many other musicians fail to do--she creates a sound that is original but comfortable, that is well mixed, clean, and tight, and that carries the lyrics. She also manages to arrange the songs so that each is different, but not in a way that makes the song seem out of place with each other on the same album. The music on the CD works, start to finish.

Themes within the songs reflect the Christian life. There are a variety of issues explored lyrically, and listeners should be satisfied with Amy's treatment of them. I'll not bias anyone with my interpretations, leaving each listener to enjoy the process for him/herself.

Bottom line: a great discovery! I could easily put this CD on repeat and let it play over and over again as background music while I worked.

Carolyn

Beautiful
These songs are beautifully written and performed. They deal with heartbreak, joy, and redemption. Amy Courts is definitely an artist to keep your eye on and I can only eagerly anticipate another album.

Gordon

Nothing Better!!!! This ep is great Company on road trips!
During my daily drive there is Nothing Better to listen to. I never feel Alone because Amy's ep is keeping me Company. It helps to Save Me from the long boring drive and my thoughts of Where Are You Now! If you don't have a copy of this ep you must be Barley Breathing, so feel Free to buy a copy or two!

Gordon

Nothing Better!!!! This ep is great Company on road trips!
During my daily drive there is Nothing Better to listen to. I never feel Alone because Amy's ep is keeping me Company. It helps to Save Me from the long boring drive and my thoughts of Where Are You Now! If you don't have a copy of this ep you must be Barley Breathing, so feel Free to buy a copy or two!

Keith Mohr, President, Indieheaven.com

Best of thousands.
Excellent EP.. Congrats! I come in contact with thousands and thousands of indies and Amy Courts is one of the most talented ones Ive come across!

Nick, Store owner, Melodic Revolutions

5 Stars for Amy Courts
I am speachless what a great EP. I have already spun it 3 times I just cant get enough of it. I am giving it 5 Revolutions on our website.

Laura Westcott

Endless Spinning!
Got it. Love it. A lot!!! Haven't stopped listening to it since I walked in the door at 7pm last night!! : ) You're the only person I know who can pass off singing filthy whore...twice in one song!! HA! Excellent. I'm in love with all the lyrics. So fantastic. Thanks, Amy Courts, for using and sharing your amazing gifts!

Todd Newton

Glorious!
I don't normally "gush" but here goes. I just listened to the first four songs of the EP on the way to work. If I could sum up what I think of it in one word, all I could say would be "glorious."

Amy's genre isn't normally one that I listen to (though I wouldn't deny it to others, of course) and that I am somewhat of a music snob (I look for new music pretty often but I'm not scared to say when something is poor).

Her vocals are right-on; the tracks are superbly produced. I blasted the songs proudly in my car while I drove down the street. Definitely had to sing along with "that I'm scared to death to go".

Amy Courts does freaking rock. I know she'll do well, and that this is the start of something big for her. And I am ever so glad I can experience the fruits of that.

Jason

Enamored!
I am absolutely enamored with what I'm hearing here on your EP; definitely music I can play on the iTunes and fall asleep to! Very lovely indeed.

Corri

Awesome!
AWESOME,AWESOME,AWESOME....that's all there is to it.
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