As a singer and songwriter, Amy Black is known for her authenticity and versatility. Her live performance, like her songwriting, moves from tender and vulnerable...to fiery and dynamic.
Amy's love of many classic forms of American music, including blues, country, soul, jazz, and rock n' roll led her from Boston...to Nashville...to Muscle Shoals...and, most recently, to Memphis to record with members of the Hi rhythm section (Al Green's backing band).
While always drawn to singers of soul, blues and gospel, it wasn't until Amy began exploring her own southern roots for her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she knew her next project had to be made in the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived); where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world's most beloved tunes. Black then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she wished to make -- the sound of Memphis.
"Recording albums in Muscle Shoals and Memphis and then performing this music live for several years was an incredible experience. It brought out another side of my voice that I didn't know was there and gave me the chance to put my guitar down and just dance and sing. There's something very freeing about that," say Amy. "Right now, I'm moving back to performing more of my original music. While I'm still playing shows with the big band, I'm also mixing in more solo shows and including music from all four of my albums, that together represent this exciting musical journey I've been on. What a ride it's been... with more adventures to come."
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