British singer-songwriter Amy May was born into a musical family in the southwest England county of Cornwall. Her father was a skilled guitarist who wrote and performed songs during the '70s and Amy's uncle, a classical composer, taught her piano.
After performing in musical theatre and studying classical dance throughout her youth, Amy was picked for the all-girl group Bombshell, combining the skills she'd nurtured by choreographing the U.K. band's stage act and singing lead vocals in club performances and recordings.
Bombshell lasted two years before breaking up. Amy went her own way, modeling for money while studying English literature at University level—in retrospect, cultivating her lyrical skills. Upon graduating, Amy returned to the London music scene, performing original songs on piano and guitar at bars and clubs until she'd written enough material for her debut album, Right Right Now in 2007
From that point it was only a matter of time before Amy's discovery as a solo act. Within the next few years, she had performed in New York and Los Angeles, across Europe and in far-flung Sydney, Thailand and Fiji. A special invitation by the head of CHA International brought her to the National Tourism Awards Ceremony in Dubai, UAE, where her poignant, folk-influenced songs of romance and regret were greeted with great enthusiasm. Before long, Amy had her first hit, "Open," which rose to number one in the Female Singer/Songwriter chart on the music discovery site and MTV partner ourstage.com. She remains a favorite artist there, even today
Still fiercely independent, Amy puts her music to the acid test by performing routinely on the 3rd Street Promenade of Santa Monica, California, amid throngs of tourists, local club-goers, street acts and musical buskers. That's where an editor of the CWTV show "One Tree Hill" heard her, and worked Amy's song "Real" into the soundtrack of a Season-Nine episode that first aired in 2012
Influenced by a host of great artists and acts spanning several generations—Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Jewel, Sarah MacLachlan, Alanis Morrisette and Dido, among others—Amy sings without a trace of British accent, straight from her heart
"It has been a humbling yet gratifying experience to be making my living from how well I can instill deep emotion in those around me," she say. "I wouldn't trade it for anything.