For many years, Amy Schugar has been developing her skills as a songwriter, arranger, singer and guitarist. Her talent is undeniable, and her energy, tenacity and never-give-up attitude have benefited many bands and collaborators in the past. Amy has the voice of an angel and plays the guitar like the devil! She has a tremendous sense of melody and rhythm (she can hold her own on her '67 Slingerland drum kit!), and is a skilled keyboardist as well.
Amy was a popular fixture on the LA metal scene during the metal days, with her band "Maiden America" that performed regularly at the now infamous Troubadour, Gazzari's and The Whisky clubs on the Sunset Strip. She also formed the hard rock group "Sass", which performed throughout the Phoenix area attracting the attention of local Metal God Rob Halford and her friend Jeff Martin, who always supported her.
A chance meeting with, at the time, fellow Phoenix resident Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG) became the catalyst for her long overdue step into the limelight. While attending a concert by one of her favorite artists, Eric Johnson, she was noticed by Schenker singing and playing guitar on the side of the stage. He was impressed with what he heard and saw, and they began their songwriting collaboration in early 2003. The duo recorded the album "Under Construction", featuring Schenker's soulful guitar playing and Amy's magical voice. Amy was a special guest with MSG on their Fall/Winter 2003 tour, showcasing some of the Schugar/Schenker songs with MSG.
Amy's boundless energy, soaring vocals and effortless guitar playing immediately captured the hearts of MSG's die-hard fans! Amy exclaims, "I have received hundreds of e-mails from fans wanting me back - The response has been overwhelming and I am very appreciative of all of the fans!"