Amy Sky

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Amy Sky
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Background information
Born (1960-09-24) 24 September 1960 (age 54)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop, country
Occupation(s) singer/songwriter
Years active 1996–present
Labels Iron, Café
Associated acts Marc Jordan
Website www.amysky.com

Amy Sky (born on 24 September 1960 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, theatre actress, and television host. Sky started classical music lessons at the age of five, and plays piano, guitar, cello and recorder. She has a degree from the University of Toronto in music theory and composition. In 1983, Amy was signed as a staff song writer to MCA Music Nashville, and then subsequently to Warner-Chappell Music in Los Angeles, EMI Music Los Angeles, and Warner-Chappell Music Germany. As a writer she has penned songs for many artists including Diana Ross, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Reba McEntire, Belinda Carlisle, Aaron Neville, Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Mark Masri, Roch Voisine and Sheena Easton.

Biography[edit]

Music career[edit]

In 1996, Amy Sky released her debut album as a recording artist, Cool Rain, and starred in a Toronto production of the musical Blood Brothers with David Cassidy and Michael Burgess.[1][2] After being nominated for two Juno Awards, including best songwriter and best new artist, she released Burnt by the Sun in 1998, which also earned a nomination for best songwriter.[1][2] The string of radio hits these albums produced garnered her three SOCAN awards.[2][3] 2001 saw the release of Phenomenal Woman, which was followed in 2003 by Sky's fourth album, With This Kiss, a romance collection.[2][3] In 2007, EMI released Life Lessons: The Best of Amy Sky. In 2008, Sky released a holiday album, The Lights of December. Between 2005 and 2012, Sky focused on her songwriting and producing for other artists.[2]

Since 2005, Sky has renewed her collaboration with Olivia Newton-John, writing and producing songs for Newton-John's albums Stronger Than Before (2005), Grace and Gratitude (2006) and Christmas Wish (2007).[2][3] In 2008, Sky executive produced the fund raising album Celebration and Song: Olivia Newton-John and Friends that accompanied Newton-John's Great Walk to Beijing.[2] In April, Sky joined Newton-John and dozens of international musicians, actors, athletes and cancer survivors to walk the Great Wall of China in order to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.[4] In 2009, Green Hill Records released Grace and Gratitude Renewed, which included two new songs. In 2012, Sky made her return to her solo records with the release of Alive & Awake. As a companion to the CD, there is a website and monthly newsletter dedicated to sharing information about mental health self care.[5]

Sky has been nominated for East and West Coast Music Awards, the Canadian Independent Music Awards, International Songwriter's Award, and in 2007 won the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Best Composition.[2][3] She is the first recipient ever of the CRIA Applause award, recognizing her work on behalf of artist rights. Sky speaks about and advocates for mental health issues.[5]

Other work[edit]

In 2006, Sky was honoured for her work as a spokesperson in this area, with the CAMH Courage to Come Back award, and the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario Hero Inspiration Award.[6] She continues to advocate for "mental hygiene", and in 2008 was featured on the covers of two magazines, Canadian Health and Lifestyle and the debut issue of Anchor, speaking about this topic.[5]

Sky has hosted three seasons of parenting shows on Rogers TV, currently Enfagrow: The Toddler Years with Amy Sky.[2][3]

Sky has lent her support to many charitable causes, including the Parkinson's Foundation, Princess Margaret Hospital, National Ovarian Cancer Association, The Hospital for Sick Children, Easter Seals, Variety, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Mood Disorders of Ontario, United Way, Wellspring, Gilda's Club, Casey House, Covenant House, Ontario Child Abuse Prevention and Zareinu.[4][2]

Personal life[edit]

Sky currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. She is married to musician Marc Jordan and they have two children together, a son, Ezra and a daughter, Zoe. Zoe also composes music and performs with her own band, Petty Victories.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album
1996 Cool Rain[7]
1998 Burnt by the Sun[7]
2001 Phenomenal Woman[7]
2003 With This Kiss[7]
2006 Life Lessons: The Best of Amy Sky[7]
2008 The Lights Of December[7]
2012 Alive & Awake[7]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
CAN AC CAN CAN Country
1996 "Don't Leave Me Alone"[7] 7 63 Cool Rain
"I Will Take Care of You"[7] 4 57 51
1997 "'Til You Love Somebody"[7] 4 56 22
"If My Heart Had Wings"[7] 8
1998 "Love, Pain and the Whole Damn Thing"[7] 6 23 58 Burnt by the Sun
"Waterfall"[7] 27
1999 "Heaven (Opened Up Its Doors)"[7] 20
"Ordinary Miracles"[7] 39
2000 "Phenomenal Woman"[7] Phenomenal Woman
2001 "I Believe in Us"[7]
2003 "Everything Love Is" (with Marc Jordan)[7] With This Kiss
2005 "Let It Shine"[7] Single only
2013 "On a Day Like Today"[7] Alive & Awake

Guest singles[edit]

Year Title Artist Chart Positions Album
CAN AC CAN
1993 "'Til the Last Teardrop Falls"[7] Exchange (with Marc Jordan) 13 44 Exchange
1997 "All I Have"[7] Michael Burgess 38 A Place in the Sun
1998 "Two Story House"[7] Bruce Guthro 45 Of Your Son

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Amy Sky Biography". All Music. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Amy Sky Biography". Amy Sky.com. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Durrell Bowman (October 15, 2009). "Amy Sky". Historica Canada. Amy Sky studied piano from age four, and later studied music theory and composition at the University of Toronto. 
  4. ^ a b "Amy Sky, Charity Work, Events and Causes". Look To The Stars. 
  5. ^ a b c "Amy Sky, Singer-Songwriter, Mental Health Advocate". Lavin Agency. 
  6. ^ Karen Bliss (April 24, 2013). "Singer Amy Sky Creates Forum For Mental Health, Self Care". Samaritan Magazine. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Amy Sky Discography". Discogs. 

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