Amy Bishop is a singer/songwriter, on the scene for a number of years. What number you ask? Enough years to be impressive, not so many that you think she is old. Here is her very interesting and captivating tale…
Once upon a time where the earth was green and lush, in a land blessed with vine ripened tomatoes, Amy Bishop was gracefully born unto this world. It was clear that this little angel had music running though her veins. She burst from the womb holding a rhinestone encrusted microphone and her first cries sounded like the opening melody of “born free”.
Amy began her illustrious music career singing around campfires, block parties and in a church choir. Amy reluctantly shared the lime light with her brothers, Joey and Jimmy. The three of them would try to out sing each other Sunday after Sunday. Their harmonies soared higher and higher until only dogs and God could hear them.
Knowing that a career in music is no guarantee,Amy decided to practice other useful trades. Little did she know that there was almost no demand for mediocre cartoonists who can ride a unicycle. When the bubble finally burst, Amy attended the post secondary school of karaoke hosting and soon was making headlines all over Southwest Calgary.
One night as Amy was belting out “house of the rising sun”, a local songwriter walked into the tavern. She asked Amy to join her band and sing lead! Mississippi Steamboat was the band and Amy fell in love with LIVE music. Her karaoke backing tracks went the way of the dodo bird as Amy decided to learn how to play the guitar, write songs and to master the art of writing her biography in the third person.
With Mississippi Steamboat, Amy recorded her first CD, “The Highway” in 2000. And since then she has released four solo CDs: 2001 – “Live in My Living Room”, “Just Like Her” in 2004, “Days and Nights” in 2008 and, most recently, “Elysium” in 2010.
The most important thing you need to know about Amy is that she has 3 incredible little boys. Amy spends most of her days changing diapers and trying out new and interesting ways to serve healthy food so that the kids will eat it. Her biggest hit so far is rainbow lunch… (please email Amy for the recipe)!
Before being blessed with children, Amy collaborated with Moby, opened for April Wine, Farmer’s Daughter and Chris Cummings, and her intuitive musical prowess had become the stuff of local legend.
Amy has an instinctive ability to craft stories into song and deliver them with the sincerity and passion of a best friend – qualities that make Amy an undeniable Canadian talent.
Amy was born a singer, and grew into a songwriter through a lifetime of experience. She puts it all together in engaging performances that show off her range and power. An evening with Amy Bishop delivers rollicking “ain’t life grand” road songs, soulful versions of love-gone-wrong ballads, and folk-based acoustic numbers that allow her naked vocal beauty to shine through.
Amy has wowed audiences at:
* Medicine Hat Tongue at the Post Folk Festival
* The Interplay Festival in Fort Mcmurray
* Canadian Country Music Awards Gospel Show
* East Coulee Spring Festival
* Dauphin Country Music Festival
* As a special guest on the main stage at the Canmore Folk Music Festival
* Central Alberta Music Festival – Red Deer, Alberta
* Bragg Creek Performing Arts Centre
* and many more…