Amy Wadge

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Amy Wadge
Amy Wadge.jpg
Wadge at The Celtic Festival of Wales 2010
Background information
Born December 1975
Origin Backwell, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Ed Sheeran
Website www.amywadge.com

Amy Wadge (born December 1975) is a British singer-songwriter based 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 Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

Early life and musical beginnings[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] This wide range of influences, nurtured in her from an early age, can be heard throughout her body of work. 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, which became the driving force of her career.

While still at school, Wadge regularly gigged around Bristol's numerous celebrated music venues, and determined that performing was what she wanted to spend her life doing. At the age of 14, she signed her first record deal with her band Two of a Mind. She released her first single at the age of 16.[2]

Career[edit]

She has accumulated numerous cuts and has co-written both for and with established and emerging artists alike, amongst them: James Blunt, Niall Horan, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Jess Glynne, Nick Jonas, Kacey Musgraves, Zak Abel, Labrinth, Ella Henderson, Janelle Monae, Una Healy , Sam Hunt to name but a few.

Amy’s most notable success to date comes from her long established writing partnership with, Ed Sheeran.

Thinking Out Loud, was the third single from Ed’s second album, the triple Grammy nominated, X, (Multiply). It went to No. 1 in the UK chart in November 2014 after spending 19 weeks in the Top 40, breaking the record for the longest ever ascent to the peak position. The track went platinum later that month and returned to the No. 1 spot for a second time in December 2014. In June 2015, it became the first track ever in the history of the UK Charts to remain in the top 40 for a whole year and has subsequently become a multiplatinum selling, global hit. To date, the track has sold over twelve million copies worldwide, has been viewed 1.25 billion time on YouTube and streamed over a billion times on Spotify.

In February 2016, the track won two Grammys at the 58th Recording Academy Awards Ceremony, ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’. Amy also has also co written four songs on Els latest album Divide - Galway Girl, Nancy Mulligan, Barcelona and Save Myself



Solo performer[edit]

Having moved to Wales and graduated from the Royal Welsh College and 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", and the BBC invited her to launch the digital radio station BBC 6 Music along with Lenny Kravitz and Stereophonics.[3]

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.[4]

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 the Welsh Nursery Schools Movement.

2010 and 2011 saw Wadge work with Pete Riley. They released a CD (Rivers Apart), as well as two live DVDs, and they toured extensively together.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Wadge is married to actor Alun ap Brinley. She lives in Wales and is currently learning Welsh. Her single "USA? We'll Wait and See" was released in both English and Welsh.[6]

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

Discography[edit]

Songwriting[edit]

  • Galway Girl, Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran Limited, Sony/ATV) , Amy Wadge, John McDaid (Spirit B-Unique/Polar Patrol), Foy Vance(Foy Vance Songs/Primary Wave Vance Music) , Damien McKee, Sean Grahan, Liam Bradley, Eamon Murray, Niamh Dunne (Copyright control)
  • Save Yourself, Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran Limited, Sony/ATV), Amy Wadge, Timothy Lee McKenzie (BMG Rights Management)
  • Nancy Mulligan, Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran Limited, Sony/ATV) , Amy Wadge, John McDaid (Spirit B-Unique/Polar Patrol), Foy Vance(Foy Vance Songs/Primary Wave Vance Music, Benjamin Levin (Please Don’t Forget To Pay Me Music), Murray Cummings (Universal / MCA Music Ltd)
  • Barcelona, Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran Limited, Sony/ATV) , Amy Wadge, John McDaid (Spirit B-Unique/Polar Patrol), Foy Vance(Foy Vance Songs/Primary Wave Vance Music, Benjamin Levin (Please Don’t Forget To Pay Me Music)
  • Paradise, James Blount (EMI Music Publishing Ltd), Amy Wadge
  • 2005, Steve Mac (Rokstone Music Universal Music Publishing Limited), James Blount (EMI Music Publishing Ltd), Amy Wadge
  • Stay my love, Una Foden (Copyright Control), Amy Wadge, Decca
  • All You Ever Need is love, Una Foden (Copyright Control), Amy Wadge, Decca
  • Craving You, Una Foden (Copyright Control), Amy Wadge, Decca
  • Broken, Fred Cox (Perfect Songs / BMG), Zak Abel (Copyright Control), Atlantic Record UK
  • Stay My Love, Una Healy (featuring Sam Palladio), The Waiting Game, 2017, Co-written, Decca
  • When Christmas Comes Around, Matt Terry, X Factor Winners’ Single, 2016, Co-written with Ed Sheeran, Simco
  • Stand In The Rain, Jessarae, 2016, Co-written, Island Records
  • Love to Grow Old, Max Jury, Numb, 2016, Co Written Marathon Records
  • Start Again, Birdy, Beautiful Lies Deluxe Edition 2016 Co Written, Atlantic Records
  • End of the Line, The Shires, My Universe, Deluxe Edition, 2016, Co Written, Decca
  • Don’t let me let you go, Jamie Lawson , Jamie Lawson, 2015 Co -written, Pawprint /Atlantic Records
  • Let myself try, Jasmine Thompson, Adore EP, 2015 Co Written, Atlantic Records
  • Slamming Doors, Ben Haenow, Ben Haenow, 2015 Co Written, Sony BMG
  • Make it Back to Me, Ben Haenow, Ben Haenow, 2015 Co Written, Song BMG
  • Thinking Out Loud, (Single), 2014, Ed Sheeran, Co-written, Asylum/Atlantic Records
  • Thinking Out Loud, x, 2014, Ed Sheeran, Co-written, Asylum/Atlantic Records
  • Even My Dad Does Sometimes, x, (Deluxe Edition), 2014, Ed Sheeran, Co-written, Asylum/Atlantic Records
  • Halo, Morning, 2014, Lewis Watson, Co-written, Warner
  • Sink or Swim, Morning, 2014, Lewis Watson, Co-written, Warner
  • Bodies and Beats, 2014, Shannon Saunders, Co-Written, with Eg White, Caroline
  • Comfortably Alone, 2014, Shannon Saunders, Co-Written, Caroline
  • Scars, (Single), 2012, Shannon Saunders, Co-written, Independent release
  • Sink or Swim, Another Four Sad Songs, (EP), 2012, Lewis Watson, Co-written, Warner
  • Once Before, Another Four Sad Songs, (EP), 2012, Lewis Watson, Co-written, Warner
  • Gold Rush, + (Deluxe Edition), 2011, Ed Sheeran, Co-written, Asylum/Atlantic Records
  • Fall, The A Team, US Release, 2011, Ed Sheeran, Co-written, Asylum/Atlantic Records
  • Cold Coffee, 2011, Ed Sheeran, (Download single), Co-written, Sheeran/Locke/Asylum/Atlantic Records
  • Songs I Wrote with Amy, (5 Track EP) 2010, Ed Sheeran, Co-written, Sheeran/Locke/Asylum/Atlantic Records
  • Open, (Ft. Ryan Ashley), Cyril Hahn, 2014, Co-Written, PMR Records

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "The Great Pretender" (1992)
  • "Saddest Eyes" (2001) – FF Vinyl
  • "Just in Time" (2004) – Manhattan Records
  • "USA? We'll wait and see.../USA, oes angen mwy...?" (2005) – Manhattan Records
  • "A Design for Life" (2005) – Manhattan Records
  • "Hold Me" (2009) – Choice Music

DVDs[edit]

  • Amy Wadge 'Live' Mini DVD (2006) – Manhattan Records
  • Amy Wadge and Pete Riley, Live at Acapela DVD (2010)
  • Rivers Apart DVD Amy Wadge and Pete Riley (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wadge, Amy (18 March 2014). ""A Real Muso's Gig!" – Amy Wadge Interview". Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Amy Wadge, Maverick
  3. ^ Amy Wadge, BBC Wales
  4. ^ Billboard. Vol. 116, No. 30. Neilsen Business Media, Inc. 24 July 2004. p. 19. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  5. ^ Amy Wadge and Pete Riley Archived 21 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Moneypenny Agency
  6. ^ Pontypridd-based singer mum Amy Wadge gets back on the road to avoid stage fright, WalesOnline

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