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Amy Ames: Bio

Texas singer/songwriter Amy Ames’ songs are so catchy even the barnyard critters dance along.  Yes, she writes her own songs and is known as "The Queen of Tongue and Cheek" & " A Female Ray Stevens" due to her witty and clever endings.  Her previous album, "Do Drop In" had hundreds of radio downloads in the first week alone.

Amy started her rise in the music industry in 2011 with her song, “No Beer Here,” being picked up and played by over 1,000 main radio stations in the USA alone along with hundreds of radio stations around the globe.  She then followed it up in 2013 with her 5th album, "Do Drop In."  After that in 2014, Ames recorded her 6th album consisting of songs she co-wrote with twice nominated “Album of the Year,” Jean-Luc Leroux at the legendary Burn’s Recording Studio in Nashville.  The first track on that CD, "New Life," became Ames’ 11th song to hit on the CMR’s Nashville Top 40 and, thus, started her on her world fame journey. 

Recently, Amy has been on a world tour joining France’s 2011 “Album of the Year” Winner of the prestigious Arrow, Jean-Luc Leroux.  Amy wrote the English lyrics on a collaboration CD with Jean-Luc titled, “Songs on the Road” that was nominated for an "Arrow" in the category of "Album of the Year 2013" in France.  This gave Amy her first supportive nomination. 

Today, Ames just finished recording her 7th studio album titled, "On My Way," produced by Jean-Luc Leroux.  It is set to be released in early 2018 with 4 songs already earmarked by Stuart Cameron's CMA Nashville Top 40 to be on the charts.     

Besides her ambitious touring schedule and finishing up on her latest album, Amy has a country radio show on Route 66 called, “Amy’s Corner,” at Radio Rhythm Blue in New Caledonia that draws in over 25,000 listeners every Saturday at 4:00 PM.           

Ames was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota and graduated from Duluth East High School. She went to higher education working on a Masters in Education while obtaining a BS degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where she graduated with Honors - Cum Laude. After graduating, she moved to Texas to live with her grandmother.  Amy’s granny loved to sing at the local bars in the Rio Grande Valley and would take Amy along.  It wasn’t long before a neighbor called Amy’s father and reported her for staying out till the cows came home with her grandma.  Upon being shocked, her father insisted she move back to Minnesota!  But it was too late.  Amy was in love with a Texas man by the Rio Grande.  They married and had a daughter and 2 sons.

Initially, Ames and her daughter, Jackie Martinez, started writing zany commercials together, which were later formed into songs. After writing songs and recording, Ames titled her first upbeat effort, You Bug Me, Honey!, which has earned her the crown of “Country Music’s Funniest Woman.” Her second project reflects on her own personal journey, All God's Children Living with Autism, which shares the joys and challenges of raising a child with autism. Her autistic son, Sam, started composing classical music at the age of 10 and is now finishing up his own classical music CD.  Ames’ third CD, self titled Amy Ames, got the attention of Nashville by quickly moving to the No.1 position on the Global Americana Charts www.AirplayDirect.com in July of 2011 with the most radio downloads.  She then followed with her fourth CD titled, “Do Drop In.”

Amy has had 13 hit songs on The CMR’s Nashville Top 40 and on Stuart Cameron’s Hotdisc Top 30 TV Show which includes her popular Swedish line dance tune, “Bedroom Blues,” that earned her her first major royalty check.  Amy entered the CMR Hotdisc Top 40 Charts for the 1st time with her song, “No Beer Here” on Sept, 28, 2011 at No. 38 and moved up to No. 27 on Oct. 2, 2011.  The following month on Nov. 6, 2011, she again entered the charts at No. 28 with “Bedroom Blues,” and it peeked at No. 21.  Three other songs entered the charts in 2012 with limited success:  3 Boyfriends, I Love Beer Bellies and Woke Up in Alaska.  Then in April of 2013 Amy leaped onto the charts entering at No. 14 with “Do Drop In” where it stayed for 8 continuous weeks.   Another of her catchy tongue and cheek songs, “Love Handles,” followed for 7 weeks peeking at No. 17.  Then at the start of 2014 Ames had her biggest hit to date on the Top 40 with “My Friend.”  “My Friend” stayed on the charts from Jan. 12, 12014 to Mar. 2, 2014.  It was followed by “New Life” for 4 weeks after that.   

Also on the European Charts, Amy's comical song, "Holy Balls" had the No. 1 spot on Country & Western Music Radio Show (CMA Member) Radio Beiaard 106.3 FM. Presented by Al Van Dam on Nov. 26, 2011 and followed it with her Christmas song, “Santa’s Littlest Elf (Has Autism)” at No. 5 on Dec. 5th, 2011.

Early Texas Albums of Original Songs:

  • You Bug Me Honey!  TX  2001
  • All God's Children Living with Autism  TX  2001

Studio Albums:

  • Amy Ames L.A.  2011
  • Santa's Littlest Elf L.A.  2011
  • Do Drop In  L.A.  2013
  • New Life  Nashville, TN  2014
  • On My Way  Nashville, TN 2018 (Soon to be released)

HOW AMY AMES MET JEAN-Luc LEROUX BIO:

Coming from the exotic French Island of New Caledonia is Jean-Luc Leroux where he’s twice nominated “Album of the Year.”  Jean-Luc started his musical journey back in the 70’s in Paris, France founding the Western Circus Band in the 80’s that became quite the success with a large following throughout Europe for a decade. 

In 1995, Leroux moved to South Pacific French Island of New Caledonia to be with his parents.  There he started hosting his weekly country radio show at Radio Rythme Blue.  With Jean-Luc’s smooth voice and explanations of country/bluegrass songs from America, Leroux’ Route 66 Show became a hit with over 30,000 listeners.   

In 2007, Leroux traveled across the Pacific to Nashville, TN to record his 3rd album at the historic Burns' Station Sound Studio with award winning musicians excited to record on his original tracks.  Upon the success of his country/bluegrass albums, Jean-Luc toured the USA and eventually landed at IBMA’s.

In 2013 while finishing his show in Nashville, a blonde Texas girl explained how his music would get played more if his songs where in English.  Jean-Luc not believing a person, yet a blonde, could translate his lyrics from French to English, was surprised by this Texan’s ability to not only translate his work to rhyme, but to do it without even speaking French.  That’s how country artist Amy Ames ended up on Jean-Luc’s tour.  She did it with a splash too! Amy recorded 1 of Leroux’ songs, “New Life,” in Nashville, and the song charted on the European Hotdisc Top 40.   

Today, Jean-Luc has recorded his 9th album, “Caledonian Traveler” where he tells the stories of his travels across the USA and around the globe through his French and English lyrics.  Also, he produced Amy’s EP of songs he composed, and Ames' 7th album of original songs that Amy wrote and composed herself.