Amy Wood's brand of creative, soulful piano-based pop is the sum of a whole lot of alone time growing up. Her impressive chops and musical confidence would lead you to believe she's been a musical prodigy since a young age but the majority of her formal training took place after she finished high school as she studied classical voice at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal Conservatory and the University of Victoria, and completed her Royal Conservatory piano exams with little more than a good ear to go on.
"My mom took me out of piano lessons when I was young since every time I would begin to practice my pieces I would quickly change the notes into my own new songs. I wasn't a very scheduled kid so I had big wads of time to myself. I'd sit at the piano for hours playing and singing whatever I could make up. It wasn't till after High School that I really started to dig in to music theory and technique. That's when my music took on a life of it's own."
Eventually Wood realized that her love of writing and performing music was not going to leave her alone. "It's an obsession really. I can't not write and lately it hurts not to sing for others. In hindsight, I think a large reason that I did my music degree was to prove to myself that I was a legitimate singer songwriter. Given that that has no qualifications - I think I got a bit carried away."
Having now completed her Bachelor of Music, this is an exciting year for Amy as she plans the release of an EP as well as a full-length album. She is also in the midst of covering music lover's song requests in her Sunday 'Request Booth' on youtube.com/amywoodsings
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The upcoming EP will be based on a project she created with videographer Julia Gummo entitled 'Not Love Songs'. The singer says by searching for songs based on themes other than romantic love she began to write about having a home in yourself and finding peace in the way things are. "I want to create an EP that celebrates you, regardless of whether you are where you think you should be." Find this series at www.youtube.com/amywoodsings
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