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Vocalessence

by Amy

Spirited, Diverse, Playful, and Inspirational. Likened to Amy Grant, Karen Carpenter, Carole King, Manhattan Transfer, and Celine Dion.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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1. In a Heartbeat
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2. Vocalessence
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3. Floating
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4. Puttin' My Foot Down
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5. Child
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6. I Can't Wait
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7. Day After Day
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8. That's Amore
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9. Kinda Cool
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10. Just Look Up
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11. We Need More
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12. In My Life
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
THE ALBUM:
"Vocalessence" is Amy's debut album featuring ten moving and highly spirited original songs, along with two previously released songs. The vocals are stunning, captivating, and at appropriate times, playful. The music production is crafted to compliment Amy's unique vocal artistry. The songs communicate a wide range of emotion, moods, and feelings leaving the listener with a changed awareness and appreciation of life. They are diverse and have a wide-ranging appeal that crosses many boundaries.

SONG DESCRIPTIONS by Amy:
In A Heartbeat - The lyrics to this song come from the depth of my cousin Nancy's portfolio. Unbeknownst to me, Nancy wrote this song years ago with the intention of it one day being played for her daughter's wedding. As I looked closer, I realized this song can be from a lover to a lover, a mother to her child, a friend to a friend, or from God to you and me.

Floating - The first lines of this song come from my dad who has this endearing pastime of writing priceless "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue" poems to our family. When I think of my parents and the amazing love they share, I can only imagine how, through each other, love has shaped and changed the way they view the world and all its beauty. It must feel weightless and free - kind of like floating.

Kinda Cool - A song for you to just sit back, relax with a glass of iced-tea, and, with a smile on your face, daydream about love. Randy, my producer wrote this song for me - one of my favorites!

We Need More - This was written only months before the events that occurred on September 11th. Little did we know the significance the song would impart. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to express this message to you and hope it will in some way make a difference.

In My Life - This song is to acknowledge all of the people, places, and moments I've been blessed to have in my life so far. They will stay with me forever.


ABOUT AMY:
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Amy grew up surrounded by opportunity and big city entertainment. At the very young age of nine months she began recognizing and repeating songs that were sung to her and from that time on music became a guiding force in shaping Amy's life.

"Formal" training began with her debut role at age 6 as the echoing voice of Snow White singing into the wishing well. She continued performing lead roles throughout her primary and secondary education and in church. Aside from the singing, Amy took an interest in all the other childhood activities available to her in this opportunity filled city. Acting in commercials, Ice-skating, piano, ballet, tap, jazz,gymnastics lessons and performances consumed her life. At one point it all became overwhelming and Amy chose to devote herself to the sport of ice-skating for 12 years. "The experience I had growing up in the "ice world" is one I would never trade. Skating taught me so much and made me so much of who I am. Though I had to sacrifice what I thought was the 'normal' way of growing up, skating gave me a great deal of confidence, responsibility, determination, and endurance at a very young age. The work ethic I gained from the sport will always stay with me." Amy also recalls all the different music she was introduced to by her coach Kathleen. She began to appreciate the art of music in an unexpected place.

At the age of 15, Amy decided to move on from the competitive aspect of ice skating to alleviate some intense pressures and to keep a steady balance her life. She continued to pursue many other avenues: choir, student government, cheerleading, etc. "Choir became my outlet, my haven. This is where I felt most at home and myself. I was fortunate to land quite a few solos and always felt so stable and confident when I was up on that stage." Amy soon headed off to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. "I auditioned for the University choir and was told by the director that I had an exceptional singing voice. It was the first time I allowed myself to take that compliment seriously. It humbled me to hear it from someone so fastidious, so slow to give any accolades."

After fitting in her music classes where she could and ultimately earning her degree in Speech Communication, Amy moved back to Los Angeles and hired a new vocal coach who, within 6 months, counseled her to get into the studio and record a demo. Randy at Theta Sound Studio responded immediately, and they quickly finished a 3 song demo. "As we came to the end of the few sessions we had together, we both began to realize there was nothing stopping us from continuing to create an album." About 6 months later Amy and Randy had completed 12 songs and titled the album Vocalessence. "I wanted to capture the feel of the entire album in one word. That song truly embodies the common ground between all the songs. It's a celebration of the voice and the many different harmonies I love to make with the instrument inside of me."

As Amy's Debut Album is in the first stages of its release, she still plans to begin recording another in the next six months. "I've realized that there is no limit to music - that every piece you create is unique and worthy of your time. I'm getting better at the craft and am thrilled with the idea of creating something completely different from Vocalessence."

"The place I feel most humbled and blessed is when I am using music to serve God and those who need it. I've always believed that if you've been given a talent it's best to use it wisely for the betterment of not only your spirit, but the spirit of those around you. I hope to fulfill both the challenge and the calling the best I can."

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Doug Milstead

melodic, engaging arrangements. Amy has a great voice, a joy to listen to
If you like wonderful melodies you're going to love this CD. Check out "Kinda Cool"; you'll be humming it all day.
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Roger Mehle

Vocalessence
Amy's musicianship and gorgeous, pure voice -- by turns lyrical and jazzy -- and her wonderfully varied choice of old standbys and songs written especially for her make "Vocalessence" a genuine, if hidden, jewel. Randall Tobin, who "discovered" Amy, must also be complimented on his elegant arrangements.

Despite the reference above to another album "in the next six months," however, Amy hasn't recorded again since "Vocalessence" was released (2002), and is now a full-time financial consultant! C'mon back, Amy, please, please, PLEASE!
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Cheryl Trudil

My way of unwinding!!!
Vocalessence is my way of unwinding. I find the music enchanting and uplifting ... it takes me away to a happy place. The lyrics are thoughtful and thought provoking. The vocal is angelic; and the music inspiring.
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