started writing songs at the age of nine on the family piano. When she was 11, her parents bought her a junk shop guitar. She discovered a passion for the instrument and taught herself to play along to Tracy Chapman's debut album. While still at school, she gigged around Bristol's numerous music venues and caught the performing bug. At 14, she signed her first record deal with her band, 'Two Of A Mind' and released her first single at the age of 16.
At 19, after a year working in a record shop trying to decide what to do with her life, Amy moved to Wales to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she trained as an actor. She busked on the streets of Cardiff, to pay her way through college. At that time, the Welsh music scene launched some of the huge 'indie' bands that emerged from the city during the late nineties; The Manics, The Phonics, Catatonia and The Super Furries, etc. Their success was potent, the optimism, infectious and Cardiff became a hugely dynamic music city.
Amy started performing at open mic sessions in Cardiff's Toucan Club, developing a local fan base and gaining both experience and critical recognition. She received huge encouragement from some of the big players in the city at the time, among them producer, Greg Haver, who recorded her debut mini-album, The Famous Hour.
After graduating, Amy decided to commit to music. She took a factory job, putting little boxes into big boxes, in order to give her enough time and a bit of money to pursue her ambition. She signed with a small independent Cardiff label, 'FF Vinyl', who were doing A&R work for the BBC at the time, seeking out local acts for the, Radio 2 'Music Live 2001' week in Cardiff. She got a slot on the Janice Long Late Night Session and was heralded as one of the week's highlights. The set was broadcast in its entirety that night. 'FF', released The Famous Hour and it ended up on the desk of the people launching 'BBC 6Music'. They loved it and immediately asked Amy to perform at their launch night. Also on the bill that night were The Stereophonics, Embrace, Pete Yorn and Lenny Kravitz.
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