“Summertown" is a collection of tribute songs to summertime. There is such nostalgia and longing surrounding summer months- they cut so deeply and pass so quickly, leaving dreamy threads etched in our minds. I have tried to catch some of that essence in these songs.”
England toured in the southern states and was featured on Miami’s NPR station, before going into the studio with engineer John Simpson. "Creating an unaffected sincere sound was important- not to let the production get in the way of the music." The eleven tracks on the album give the feeling a campfire on the beach or a barn party with guitars, mandolin and fiddle. “Working with John was wonderful” says England, “it was a very comfortable, informal setting allowing me to relax and perform naturally. He brought it some great players and we had a lot of fun.”
Amy has been touring to promote her last cd, “Nantucket to Nashville”, performing at festivals & concerts including opening for Martin Sexton and country greats, Kathy Mattea and Jo Dee Messina. Amy is a two-time finalist in the New England Songwriting Contest at Ossipee Valley Music Festival. Maverick Magazine says, “A writer and singer destined to make a major impression on the Americana scene.”
England recorded her last cd in Nashville under the direction of multi-time Grammy winner Bil VornDick. He also helped England to get songs from “Nantucket to Nashville” signed to prominent Nashville publisher Denny Music. “One of England's greatest strengths”, says VornDick “is her exceptional songwriting. Depending on different album projects, I listen to hundreds if not thousands of songs, and her songs caught my ear.”
Born Amy Harding Hunt, England was raised in Pound Ridge, NY to a large family of six children. Her music and writing is steeped in family tradition. "Our dad brought us up on Country music. He was an editor, but played banjo on the side and my mom was always playing the piano and singing with us. My grandmother made sure we all had piano lessons; she was a great fiddle player herself. She loved us to be in touch with our Irish roots through music. Amy often performs with her siblings, including Andrew and Nancy of The Hunts.
England recently hosted a fundraiser/benefit concert for Plan USA, “Just Because I’m Girl” which donates funds worldwide to girls in need. Her song “Big Love” off the new cd is donated to Plan USA and all proceeds from this song will go to the Plan’s “Just Because I’m a girl” program.
Recently England has been singing with her husband Peter. “I’ve brought Pete up on stage because I’ve been writing a lot of duets, and though he was reluctant and shy at first he has a beautiful, deep Johnny Cash voice and a calming presence onstage.” Their daughter Ella is also a regular on stage and recently sang on with her mom on Miami’s NPR station.
Roots Music Report, where England's songs charted on the top 40 Folk chart, says, "It's interesting that a singer/songwriter of great talent would live on a small island. This folk singer guitarist finds a lot of great hooks around Nantucket but you don't have to live on an island to identify with Amy's words ... her stories are universal."
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Artists Amy has played with and opened for include: Kathy Mattea, Jo Dee Messina, Martin Sexton, Ellen McIlwaine, Brian Mitchell Band, Andrew Hunt & the Tears, Mark Geary, Evergreen, Boogaloo Swamis, Chuck Colley Trio, Sweetmeat and Silverfish, Dave Provost and more!