"There are voices that serve as a bridge from the past to the future and act as soul connectors,
and as a people we need them to keep singing. These voices open hearts with this rare, one in a million quality. Amy Speace has such a voice. Just ask the legendarily discerning Judy Collins; she'll tell you.
Amy's got it, and then some. She is a timeless artist, a time traveler.
Part past, part future. And that’s a good thing, a really good thing."
- Mary Gauthier
“Amy Speace channels the classics,” writes Billboard Magazine of her latest release “That Kind Of Girl.” Jon Pareles of The New York Times described the record as “grace over drama” and No Depression wrote “The next time someone tells you they don’t make good music anymore, tell them they must not have heard of Amy Speace. She is a timeless singer/songwriter who has captured this writer’s attention with a record which should be a topic of debate on several year-end award lists.“ Recorded in East Nashville with producer Neilson Hubbard and a small ensemble of musicians, the record is spare and direct, honest and focused. Holly George-Warren, celebrated author and music critic, calls it “breathtaking.” And just as critics were raving about her new album, she was hired by The New York Times' Financial Section to write an original song and an accompanying essay about the financial challenges of being an artist. The song, "Spent" was featured on NPR's "Marketplace." She has also been published for her prose writing in The Nashville Scene, American Songwriter Magazine, Performing Songwriter Magazine and The Blue Rock Review, among others.
Born in Baltimore, Speace started her creative career in the theater. She studied classical acting in New York City after graduating from Amherst College and then spent a few years rushing from Lower East Side theater rehearsals to film and commercial auditions to many support jobs which ranged from legal secretary to personal assistant for actress/singer Lainie Kazan. After a spectacular breakup with a boy in a rock band, she bought a cheap guitar and started putting her poetry to music and began appearing at local folk clubs like The Sidewalk Cafe, The Bitter End and The Living Room. She was discovered by Judy Collins in 2005, releasing her debut in 2006 on Collins’ Wildflower Records, “Songs For Bright Street” to rave reviews. “The Killer In Me” was released in 2009 with NPR comparing her to a young Lucinda Williams. She moved to Nashville from NYC in 2011, releasing “Land Like A Bird” on the Thirty Tigers label. Her song “The Weight of the World”, which Judy Collins has called “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard” was named as the #4 Folk Song of the Decade by NYC’s premiere AAA radio station WFUV. In 2013, she received the best reviews of her career with "How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat,” a song cycle inspired by Shakespearean characters, winning 4 stars from Mojo Magazine and a feature on NPR’s “All Things Considered”. Rock critic Dave Marsh, who contributed the album's liner notes, wrote "Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open." Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Memphis Hall of Fame blues artist Sid Selvidge and others. In 2016, Gearbox Records will release “Applewood Road,” a collaboration between Amy, UK-based Emily Barker and Amber Rubarth.