The Queen city’s Amy Nelson is a force to be reckoned with. Her music sounds just like her personality…confident, strong, smart and independent. Her voice is straight ahead, solid and dead on.
“I thought you had great tone and your pitch was perfect!” said Gord Bamford, following Amy’s performance on CMT’s National Television Show, “Big in a Small Town.”
This high school music teacher, turned country singer has performed at events across Canada such as the Calgary Stampede, Craven Country Jamboree, and even opened for country stars like Terri Clark and George Canyon. She has also performed on stages internationally in the United States, the UK, Mexico and Thailand. Amy combines her love of traveling with her love of performing and is always planning her next adventure.
Although she has been confused as being Willie Nelson’s daughter on more than one occasion, Amy insists she did not come from a musical family. Although she and the 82-year old Willie share a birthday, and he has a daughter named Amy who is also an accomplished musician, that is where the comparison ends for this Amy Nelson. She doesn’t claim to inherit any of her musical talent or accomplishments through that family tree, or her own. Her sound is a lot less traditional than that of the country legends, but she will admit to owning a Willie Nelson record or two.
Amy is not just another pretty face with a microphone. She is a multi-instrumentalist, has a degree in music education, and is a successful songwriter. Alongside her busy musical career Amy took her time away from the spotlight to start her own singing school for kidscalled “Sing Like A STAR.” After founding and nurturing the program to include over 300 students, a general manager, an administrator and 15 instructors, it has developed a life of its own, and continues to gain popularity in five locations across southern Saskatchewan. Amy is no longer active on a daily basis within the company, but maintains 100% ownership as her own musical career takes center stage.
Often referred to as one of the hardest working independent artists in the Canadian country music scene, a title well deserved but quickly dismissed by Amy, she has proven to be not only a talented musician, but a successful entrepreneur. Amy has managed all aspects of her career with the same confidence, independence and strength that has influenced her music, since the start of her foray into the Canadian Country Music industry.
What’s next for Nelson?
Amy is gearing up for 2016 Australian Music Week in Cronulla Beach, Australia where she will be performing multiple showcases. When she returns home, she will be heading into the studio with producer by Dan Swinimer of Manicdown Music (Madeline Merlo, JoJo Mason). Stay tuned for new music coming soon…
– the Canadian Country Music Association’s 2016 Spotlight Performance Contest winner
– the national Jack Daniel’s 2016 Supporting Act Contest winner
– selected to perform at the JackDaniel’s Kick Off Party and the Post Awards Reception during 2016 Country Music Week in London, ON
– selected to perform at two industry showcases during the 2016 Americana Conference and Festival in Nashville, TN
– selected to perform at three industry showcases during 2016 Austrlian Music Week in Cronulla Beach, NSW, Australia
– performed at the legendary Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, TN
– one of the top 16 emerging artists across Canada shortlisted for the CCMA Discovery Program in 2013 and 2016
– spent 2 months in Nashville (May and June, 2016) on a trip supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board, to write songs for her new CD
– currently recording third CD with support from FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording Program
– over 70,000 views on YouTube for the music video for song “Coming Back For More”
– performed at the 2012, 2014, 2015 AND 2016 Calgary Stampede
– performed on the main stage at the 2014 Craven Country Jamboree
– made the Top 10 in Canada for the 2014 Radio Star National Talent Search for her original song, “If you Don’t Miss Me”
– selected as one of 30 artists across Canada to be featured on CMTs “Big In A Small Town” TV series
– awarded 2012 Regina Mayor’s Arts and Business Awards Emerging Artist award
– opened for many Canadian country stars, including Terri Clark, George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett and Deric Ruttan
– repeat performances for the Canadian Troops at the Garrison Army Base in Edmonton, AB
– performed in London England, both at Trafalgar Square and in Canada House for Canada Day Celebrations
– performed a series of shows at the Canucks Club in Mazatlan, Mexico
– 25 Saskatchewan Country Music Award nominations, including Female Artist of the Year five times