Amy Wadge

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Amy Wadge
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The Celtic Festival of Wales (2010)
Background information
Birth nameAmy Victoria Wadge
Born22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) (age 43)
OriginBackwell, Somerset
United Kingdom
Years active1992–present
Associated acts

Amy Victoria Wadge (born 22 December 1975) is a British singer-songwriter living in Wales but originally from Bristol. She has co-written tracks with Ed Sheeran, including his hit song "Thinking Out Loud" for which she won the 2016 Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

Early life[edit]

Wadge was born and brought up in Backwell, a small village just outside Bristol, England. Her father's passion for music influenced her enormously, and on the subject of her paternal influences she has said that she "grew up listening to early Elton John, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. That was the stuff I cut my teeth on and now I listen to everything you can possibly imagine from hip hop to country".[1]

She began to write her own songs at the age of 9 on the family piano. When she was 11, her parents bought her her first guitar from a junk shop. It was when Wadge taught herself to play along to Tracy Chapman's debut album that she discovered her affinity for the guitar.[citation needed]

While still at school, Wadge regularly gigged around Bristol. At the age of 14, she signed her first record deal, along with her band Two of a Mind. She released her first single at the age of 16.[2]



Apart from writing songs for herself, Wadge has been active in collaborating with new performers in Britain, most notably Ed Sheeran. The two collaborated on a number of songs, and Sheeran titled his self-released 2010 EP Songs I Wrote with Amy. One track was included with the deluxe edition of Sheeran's album +.[3] Wadge continued her collaborative relationship with Sheeran in 2014. The single "Thinking Out Loud", written on a guitar given to Sheeran, features on the album x.[4]

Wadge has also written with Lewis Watson, with tracks "Halo" and "Sink or Swim" appearing on the album The Morning (All of the Songs). She has collaborated with Shannon Saunders, Anna Pancaldi and other notable artists. She wrote and performed the songs for the soundtrack of the BBC Wales series Keeping Faith in 2018, and is writing songs for the second series.[5] Wadge also co-wrote Consequences, the third single from Camila Cabello's debut album Camila.

Solo performer[edit]

Having moved to Wales and graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Wadge started performing at open mic sessions in Cardiff's Toucan Club and soon started developing a fanbase and gaining critical recognition. She was quickly spotted and received encouragement from some of the big players in the city, among them Manics/Catatonia/Super Furry Animals producer Greg Haver, who recorded her debut mini-album, The Famous Hour. This album "brought her more attention and acclaim". She played alongside Stereophonics, Embrace and Lenny Kravitz at the launch party for BBC 6 Music.[6]

In 2002, Wadge won "Best Female Solo Act" at the annual Welsh Music Awards, ahead of Charlotte Church. In 2003, she toured Australia with the Welsh Rugby Team during the Rugby World Cup with the song "Adre Nôl". Later that year, she retained her "Best Female Solo Act" at the Welsh Music Awards.

2004 saw her release her first full album, WOJ (a play on her surname, which is often mispronounced), to critical acclaim. In June 2004, she performed at London's Royal Albert Hall on a bill that included Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer, charted by Billboard magazine as one of the world's top-grossing concerts of the summer.[7]

2006 saw the release of Wadge's second album, No Sudden Moves. The album includes a cover of the Manic Street Preachers single A Design for Life. 2008 saw the release of her third album, Bump, which (according to her own sleeve notes) was recorded over two days when she was 8 months pregnant. It includes a cover of "Don't Leave Me This Way" (originally recorded by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and later covered by The Communards).

On Monday 2 November 2009, Wadge released her new single "Hold Me" with new record label, Choice Music. She also released a Welsh version of the track ("Dal Fi") which was a fundraiser for her daughter's Ysgol Feithrin (Welsh nursery school), with 20p from the sale of every Welsh language download being donated to Mudiad Meithrin, a Welsh language nursery organisation.[8]

In 2010 and 2011, Wadge and Pete Riley released a CD (Rivers Apart), as well as two live DVDs, and toured extensively together.[9] Her single "USA? We'll Wait and See" was released in both English and Welsh.[10]

She occasionally presents shows on BBC Radio Wales. She presented Suck It and See, a programme about the harmonica on BBC Radio 4.

Personal life[edit]

Wadge is married to actor Alun ap Brinley. They live near Pontypridd, in Wales.[11]

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Album Artist Written With
By Christmas Eve 2018 A Legendary Christmas John Legend John Legend, Dan Lafrombe Evans
Ladies in the 90’s Lauren Alaina Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure
Rock Bottom A Northern Soul Sheridan Smith Sheridan Smith, Jimmy Hogarth
Remedy in the Melody Sheridan Smith, Jimmy Hogarth
Handle With Care Sheridan Smith, Jimmy Hogarth
Are You Just Sleeping Sheridan Smith, Jimmy Hogarth
Aint That Funny Sheridan Smith, Jimmy Hogarth
Because Thank You & Goodnight Boyzone Ronan Keating, Ed Sheeran
Run in the Rain Lighting Matches Tom Grennan Tom Grennan, Adj Buffone
Wonder Woman Golden Hour Kacey Musgraves Kacey Musgraves, Jesse Frasure , Hillary Lindsey
Every Little Part of Me Golden Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue, Sky Adams
Radio On Kylie Minogue, John Green
Rollin' Kylie Minogue, Sky Adams
Sincerely Yours Kylie Minogue, Jesse Frasure
Parallel Line Graffiti You Keith Urban Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Julia Michaels, Benjamin Levin
Consequences Camila Camila Cabello Camila Cabello Emily Weisband, Nicole Galyon
Hollow Hallelujah Southern Gothic Tyminski Dan Tyminski, Jessie Frasure, Sarah Buxton,
Little By Little Clare Bowen Clare Bowen Clare Bowen, Brandon Young
I Don't Know 2017 Molly Kate Kestner, Molly Kate Kestner,
Galway Girl Divide Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid , Foy Vance, Damien McKee, Sean Grahan, Liam Bradley, Eamon Murray, Niamh Dunne
Save Myself Ed Sheeran
Nancy Mulligan Ed Sheeran , Johnny McDaid, Foy Vance, Benjamin Levin, Murray Cummings
Barcelona Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid , Foy Vance, Benjamin Levin
Paradise The Afterlove James Blunt James Blunt
2005 James Blunt, Steve Mac
Stay My Love The Waiting Game Una Healy Una Healy
All You Ever Need is Love Una Healy
Craving You Una Healy
Broken Only When We're Naked Zak Abel Zak Abel, Fred Cox
When Christmas Comes Around 2016 Matt Terry Ed Sheeran
Stand in the Rain Jessarae Jessarae
Numb Max Jury Max Jury Max Jury
Start Again Beautiful Life Birdy Birdy
Don't Let Me Let You Go 2015 Jamie Lawson Jamie Lawson Jamie Lawson
Let Myself Try Adore Jasmine Thompson Jasmine Thompson
Slamming Doors Ben Haenow Ben Haenow Ben Haenow
Make It Back to Me Ben Haenow
Thinking Out Loud 2014 X Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran
Even My Dad Does Sometimes Ed Sheeran
Halo The Morning Lewis Watson Lewis Watson
Sink or Swim Lewis Watson
Bodies and Beats Shannon Saunders Shannon Saunders, Eg White
Comfortably Alone Shannon Saunders
Scars 2012 Shannon Saunders
Sink or Swim Another Four Sad Songs Lewis Watson Lewis Watson
Once Before Lewis Watson
Gold Rush 2011 + (Deluxe Edition) Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran
The A Team Ed Sheeran
Cold Coffee Songs I Wrote With Amy Ed Sheeran
Fall Ed Sheeran
Fire Alarms Ed Sheeran
Where We Land Ed Sheeran
She Ed Sheeran



Title Artist Year Credits
Amy Wadge Amy Wadge 2016 Co-written & Performed
Afterglow Amy Wadge & Pete Riley 2012 Co-written & Performed
Rivers Apart 2011 Co-written & Performed
Acoustig Amy Wadge 2009 Written, Performed & Produced
Bump 2019 Written, Performed & Produced
Tougher Than Love 2007 Co-written & Performed
No Sudden Moves 2006 Written & Performed
Woj 2004 Written & Performed
Open 2003 Written & Performed
The Famous Hour 2002 Written & Performed

EPs and singles[edit]

Title Artist Year Credits
No Use Crying Over Split Milk Amy Wadge 2016 Written, Performed & Produced
Recovery (EP) 2014 Written, Performed & Produced
Hold Me 2009 Written & Performed
SXSW 2009 Written, Performed & Produced
A Design For Life (Cover) 2006 Performed
USA? We'll Wait and See… 2005 Co-written & Performed
USA? Oes Angen Mwy... 2005 Co-written & Performed
Just In Time 2003 Written & Performed
Saddest Eyes 2000 Written & Performed


Year Awarding Body Award
2016 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year
2016 University of South Wales Honorary Doctorate of Music
2016 The Recording Academy, Grammy Award Song of the Year
2015 The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Fellowship
2003 Best Female Solo Artist Welsh Music Awards
2002 Best Female Solo Artist Welsh Music Awards


  1. ^ Wadge, Amy (18 March 2014). ""A Real Muso's Gig!" – Amy Wadge Interview". Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ Amy Wadge, Maverick
  3. ^ Wadge, Amy (17 February 2012). "Wales Music: Amy Wadge: My role in Ed Sheeran's success". BBC. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  4. ^ Wadge, Amy (30 June 2014). "How I wrote Ed Sheeran's song...On Harry Styles' guitar". WalesOnline. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Bafta Cymru: Keeping Faith songwriter's show delight". VVC News. 14 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  6. ^ Amy Wadge
  7. ^ Billboard. Vol. 116, No. 30. Neilsen Business Media, Inc. 24 July 2004. p. 19. ISSN 0006-2510.
  8. ^ "Wadge to release Single in Welsh". WalesOnline.
  9. ^ Amy Wadge and Pete Riley Archived 21 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Moneypenny Agency
  10. ^ Pontypridd-based singer mum Amy Wadge gets back on the road to avoid stage fright, WalesOnline
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