MP3 Amy Trail - Lushious Life
New Orleans based singer/songwriter/pianist, with a rootsy soul sound.
9 MP3 Songs in this album (40:11) !
Related styles: EASY LISTENING: Adult contemporary, URBAN/R&B: Blue-Eyed Soul
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Amy Trail is one of New Orleans'' most exciting "new school" singer/songwriters. She has cultivated a style that is influenced by the New Orleans classic groove theory, but not anchored to it. As singer and pianist, Amy mixes thoughtful songwriting with the beating heart of her band and tops it off with a searing vocal that is "by turns soulful, sensual and powerful" (Ben Rogers Where Y''at magazine).
In 2001, Amy moved from the bucolic canyons of Idaho to the Big Sleazy to pursue a degree in Jazz Studies. During her tenure at the University of New Orleans, Amy was the first female to be awarded the prestigious Basin Street Jazz Scholarship.
While pursuing her studies, Amy had the opportunity of working with crème de la crème of New Orleans'' jazz scene. At UNO, Amy studied with the likes of Terence Blanchard (International Jazz Scion, Spike Lee), Steve Masakowski (Astral Project), Brian Seeger (Quintology) and Harold Battiste (AFO Records, Sonny and Cher Show). This experience afforded Amy the luxury of honing her craft under the guiding hand some of New Orleans'' most revered musicians/composers/arrangers.
After graduating from the University of New Orleans, Amy was eager to receive her real world education on the streets of the beau macabre French Quarter. As a headliner at the notorious Pat O''Brien''s Piano Bar, Amy''s musical studies explanded to include the great American pop song book. At Pat O''Brien''s, music often takes second chair to crowd and entertainer antics, allowing her to study both humanity and harmony in the same setting.
Stumbling upon historical signifigance in New Orleans is not a hard task to accomplish. Pat O''Brien''s Piano Bar is no exception to this rule. It is one of the oldest piano bars in the world and the first of it''s kind to employ a dueling-pianos format. Since it''s earliest incarnation, the formerly mafia run Pat O''Brien''s has historically hired female pianists.
Amy has worked extensively in New Orleans both as a session vocalist and as a live performer. She has been featured on the nationally aired television shows "Louisiana Jukebox" and "Dew Drop Inn" and performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the French Quarter Festival. She''s recorded in the studio with a wide variety of artists including rock veteran, Irene Sage, American Idols'' Alden Wynn, hip-hop artisan NoOne (Media Darling Records), and art-funk stylist Bru Bruser (N''Stakt and the Future Drops, Gov''t Magik).