Amy Sky

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Amy Sky
Sky at the 2018 CFC Annual BBQ
Sky at the 2018 CFC Annual BBQ
Background information
Born (1960-09-24) 24 September 1960 (age 62)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresPop, country
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer, musician,
InstrumentsGuitar, piano, recorder, cello vocals
Years active1996–present
LabelsIron, Café

Amy Sky (born 24 September 1960) 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, Sky was signed as a staff songwriter to MCA Music Nashville, and 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.


Music career[edit]

In 1992, Sky's song "We Can't Look Back" was featured in the final moments and over the credits of the Degrassi TV movie School's Out.[1] The song was co-written by Eddie Schwartz, famous for writing "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" and other Top 40 hits.[2]

In 1996, Amy Sky released her 2nd breakthrough album Cool Rain (her first, 1989's A Breath of Fresh Air was shelved and finally released around 2010) and starred in a Toronto production of the musical Blood Brothers with David Cassidy and Michael Burgess.[3][4] 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.[3][4] The string of radio hits these albums produced garnered her three SOCAN awards.[4][5] 2001 saw the release of Phenomenal Woman, which was followed in 2003 by Sky's fourth album, With This Kiss, a romance collection.[4][5] 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, she focused on her songwriting and producing for other artists.[4]

Sky has collaborated with Olivia Newton-John several times, writing and producing songs for Newton-John's albums The Rumour (1988), Stronger Than Before (2005), Grace and Gratitude (2006) and Christmas Wish (2007).[4][5] In 2008, Sky executive produced the fund raising album A Celebration in Song: Olivia Newton-John and Friends that accompanied Newton-John's Great Walk to Beijing.[4] In April, Sky joined Newton-John and dozens of international musicians, actors, athletes and cancer survivors to walk the Great Wall of China to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne.[6] 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 album, there was a website and monthly newsletter dedicated to sharing information about mental health self care.[7]

Sky has been nominated for East and West Coast Music Awards, the Canadian Independent Music Awards, and the International Songwriter's Award, and in 2007 won the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Best Composition.[4][5] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[7]

Sky has hosted three seasons of parenting shows on Rogers TV, currently Enfagrow: The Toddler Years with Amy Sky.[4][5]

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][6]

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. Both Ezra and Zoe are musicians and performers as well; Ezra performs music under the name Ezra Jordan,[9] and Zoe performs as Zoe Sky Jordan.

Sky is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism [10]



Year Album
1989 A Breath of Fresh Air
1996 Cool Rain[11]
1998 Burnt by the Sun[11]
2001 Phenomenal Woman[11]
2003 With This Kiss[11]
2006 Life Lessons: The Best of Amy Sky[11]
2008 The Lights of December[11]
2012 Alive & Awake[11]
2016 Liv On (with Olivia Newton-John and Beth Nielsen Chapman)


Year Title Chart positions Album
1996 "Don't Leave Me Alone"[11] 7 63 Cool Rain
"I Will Take Care of You"[11] 4 57 51
1997 "'Til You Love Somebody"[11] 4 56 22
"If My Heart Had Wings"[11] 8
1998 "Love, Pain and the Whole Damn Thing"[11] 6 23 58 Burnt by the Sun
"Waterfall"[11] 27
1999 "Heaven (Opened Up Its Doors)"[11] 20
"Ordinary Miracles"[11] 39
2000 "Phenomenal Woman"[11] Phenomenal Woman
2001 "I Believe in Us"[11]
2003 "Everything Love Is" (with Marc Jordan)[11] With This Kiss
2005 "Let It Shine"[11] Single only
2013 "On a Day Like Today"[11] Alive & Awake

Guest singles[edit]

Year Title Artist Chart positions Album
1993 "'Til the Last Teardrop Falls"[11] Exchange (with Marc Jordan) 13 44 Exchange
1997 "All I Have"[11] Michael Burgess 38 A Place in the Sun
1998 "Two Story House"[11] Bruce Guthro 45 Of Your Son


  1. ^ "YouTube - Degrassi: School's Out (1992)". YouTube - Degrassi: School's Out (1992)
  2. ^ "Marc Jordan & Amy Sky: Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 1043 #KOTJ". Toronto Mike'd Podcast. 2 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Amy Sky Biography". All Music.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Amy Sky Biography". Amy
  5. ^ a b c d e Durrell Bowman (15 October 2009). "Amy Sky". Historica Canada. Amy Sky studied piano from age four, and later studied music theory and composition at the University of Toronto.
  6. ^ a b "Amy Sky, Charity Work, Events and Causes". Look to the Stars.
  7. ^ a b c "Amy Sky, Singer-Songwriter, Mental Health Advocate". Lavin Agency. Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  8. ^ Karen Bliss (24 April 2013). "Singer Amy Sky Creates Forum For Mental Health, Self Care". Samaritan Magazine.
  9. ^ "Singer-songwriter Ezra Jordan aims to follow in successful parents' footsteps". 18 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Artists - Artists Against Racism".
  11. ^ 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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