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Jay Minkin, Cleveland Music Writer, just named "That Kind Of Girl" to his Best of 2015 list, naming it the Best Female Album of 2015. Very esteemed company. And I'm honored. Thanks Jay.

But the one that touched my heart the most belonged to Amy Speace and the beautiful That Kind of Girl.  Produced by Neilson Hubbard, the twelve tracks offer a view into the many steps of recovery from a broken hearted relationship.  The Nashville singer/songwriter, who gathered a wealth of talent to play on this album, has her lyrics dripping with emotion.  Favorites tracks include “That Kind of Girl” whose chorus bleeds I let you get to me / It felt the end of the world/ I let you level me/ I didn’t know I was that kind of girl and the crushed relationship of “Raincoat” will want you giving this songwriter a hug.  The next time someone tells you they don’t make good music anymore, tell them they must not have heard of Amy Speace-- Jay Minkin


Amy Speace: A Singer-Songwriter Just Trying To Make Do
Listen to the NPR show "Marketplace" where Amy is interviewed about being a working class musician, following her piece in The New York Times Editorial Section

And read the original piece in The Times and watch the video of her song, co-written with Neilson Hubbard, "Spent"

NEW YORK TIMES "YOUR MONEY" (4/25/15)


Listen to the interview/performance with Amy on WNYC's show "The Takeaway", which originally aired 4/14/15
"Amy Speace On Life as a Working Class Musician in a Changing Economy"


Reviews of THAT KIND OF GIRL

Resilience trumps regrets, but just barely, on Amy Speace‘s “That Kind of Girl” (Windbone), an album of post-breakup songs and other heartaches depicted with the succinctness of country tradition. “She and I shared a lie/Even though we’ve never met,” Ms. Speace sings, perfectly distilling a situation in “One Man’s Love.” She warns a commitment-shy boyfriend that she can do “Better Than This”; she wrestles with desire in “Nothing Good Can Come From This” and, more wryly, in “Trouble Looks Good on You.” In the mysterious “Strange Medicine,” she’s pregnant with a child “I knew I could not claim.” And in “That Kind of Girl,” she admits, “I let you get to me/It felt like the end of the world.” Ms. Speace made the album in three days of sessions in Nashville, recording live in the studio with a small band, and the music is unadorned but finely considered. It dips into blues, honky-tonk and gospel along with hymnlike piano ballads. Even when Ms. Speace is sad or bitter, her voice maintains its aplomb; as she spells out what has happened, she prizes grace over drama.
— Jon Pareles - THE NEW YORK TIMES 3/2015
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. Ms. Speace begins a cross country tour next week including four dates across the pond in England, so if you have the opportunity to catch this starlet on stage, don’t even think about it … just go. You can thank me later.
— Jay Minkin - NO DEPRESSION
Amy Speace channels the classics
— BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
Haunting…emotionally diverse.
— ALLMUSIC.COM
Singer-songwriter Amy Speace’s “Better Than This,” off her most recent album, That Kind of Girl, is about taking back her life—about choosing to rejoin the living, rather than lose herself to despair. Now it gets video to match. In front of an idyllic background, Speace exorcises her demons.
— ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
An abundantly overflowing treasure chest…Speace’s lyric captures raw emotions, muddled thoughts, and a yearning that occasionally still flickers.
— NO DEPRESSION
4 Stars — Amy Speace seems to have taken a long time to arrive. Little known in the UK, she has recorded a series of engaging folk albums marked by a quiet beauty and emotional honesty. “That Kind of Girl”is her best so far. Speace’s voice and phrasing at times recalls Mary Chapin Carpenter. It’s a moody, atmospheric album that confirms Speace as both an accomplished songwriter and compelling performer who might just be on the brink of a major breathrough.
— Simon Hughes - R2
The record is an atmospheric, moody one that makes for a late-night soundtrack at a speakeasy where the lights are dim and the clientele consists of sad-eyed regulars who hug their drinks and lose themselves in the music that washes over them in warm waves. There are hints of languid jazz, scorned-woman country, gut-bucket blues and feisty rock ’n’ roll all thrown into the mix, and it’s all tempered by Speace’s ability to dissect that ill-fated relationship with a sober eye.
— Steve Wildsmith - THE DAILY NEWS KNOXVILLE
Amy Speace is quickly approaching a high plateau in terms of her artistic stature, arriving at that juncture touting some serious gravitas…and while she’s yet to become a mainstream star, it’s also evident that Speace is teetering on the verge of wider recognition. All of which leads to That Kind Of Girl, Speace’s latest album and the one that has the potential of taking her over the top.
— Lee Zimmerman - POPMATTERS.COM
A Folk Singer Sets Sail, from "All Things Considered" with Jackie Lydon 4/2013

A Folk Singer Sets Sail, from "All Things Considered" with Jackie Lydon 4/2013