Amy Courts

Amy Courts

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

With her trademark impassioned vocals, captivating melodies, and audacious honesty, Amy Courts ably takes on love, heartache, personal demons, and authentic spirituality in song, providing a rich landscape for these heavier conversations.

Biography

With the July 2008 release of the independent follow-up to her 2005 EP, THESE COLD AND RUSTED LUNGS, produced by Nelison Hubbard (Garrison Starr, Matthew Perryman Jones, Kate York, Matthew Ryan), Amy Courts shows with effortless fluency that she is indeed here to stay. With her trademark impassioned vocals, captivating melodies, and audacious honesty, she ably takes on love, heartache, spirituality, and personal demons. Though her voice and songs invoke inevitable comparisons to great singer-songwriters like Jennifer Knapp, Patty Griffin, and Derek Webb, her sound and experience are uniquely her own, and are delivered with a rare distinction.

Since making the move to Nashville in September 2003, Amy released a debut EP, took on marriage and step-motherhood, quit her day job, embarked on a full-time career in music, and became an artist sponsor with the African Aid organization, Mocha Club. In promotion of her music and Mocha Club sponsorship, she has performed hundreds of acoustic and full-band concerts across the nation, including four Major League Baseball and NASCAR National Anthem performances and an acoustic pre-game fan concert in the Summer of 2008 for hundreds of thousands of fans at the Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Kansas City Royals. Additionally, her first two singles from THESE COLD AND RUSTED LUNGS - "Shiver" and "The Liars" - are currently playing in regular rotation on over 150 stations worldwide and have both reached #3 on CRW's Independent Radio Charts.

“The past five years have been a bit of a whirlwind,“ Amy notes. “As my life has expanded into marriage, step-motherhood, and lending my voice and passion to the incredible needs in Uganda, I’m constantly aware of the need to deliberately give myself to something bigger than me. Whether by giving my family an hour of time I might rather spend writing or resting, forgiving someone who hasn’t asked for it, being deliberate about spiritual quietness, or acting on my human responsibility to care for the fatherless and the widow simply because I am able, I’m continually challenged and inspired to reach beyond my own issues into a wider sphere and higher calling.”

And reach she does. As her life and passions have evolved, they have delivered Amy into a place of greater personal maturity and global understanding, which she explores in depth. Without becoming egocentric or self-indulgent, she dives into common human experiences with profound effect. In the rock ballads, “Hold You Up” and “Company,” Amy expresses that despite hurt, frustration, and time spent apart in marriage, committed, unconditional love is the end-all. Paradoxically, “Inevitable” and “I Told You So” relate to the harsher sides of romance, when efforts are exhausted and love isn’t quite enough.

The more personal memoirs of “The Liars” and “Barely Breathing” show Amy fighting the inner demons of fear and disillusionment that invariably accompany spiritual drought. And still, she draws the focus back to ultimate hope with “Nothing Better” and “In You.”

Though undeniably heavy and occasionally dark, Amy’s message music is ultimately a declaration of abandoned hope and a call to greater personal action. Where other artists skim the surface or sit comfortably in the realms of musical interest alone, Amy digs deep and gives generously from those depths. Whether through her on-stage performance, or in her daily passion for global and local social justice, Amy makes an indelible mark on everyone she meets.

Watch for Amy during Summer and Fall 2009 as she hits the road on her ACTIVATE Tour, during which she'll be giving free concerts for local community service organizations, homeless and womens' shelters, detention centers, prisons, youth camps, and other neighborhood empowerment events to raise awareness and money for those living in and around poverty.

Lyrics

The Liars

Written By: Amy Courts

(from "These Cold and Rusted Lungs")

How can you turn and walk away
Leaving me with so much left to say
These questions never answered
Growing in me like a cancer

(CHORUS)
You said You would never leave me
But now the liars say that You’ve deceived me
And I can’t hear Your voice above the crowd
So can You speak a little louder?

You said You’d never let me go
In my darkest day, I’m not alone
But now the liars say I’m too far gone
And You can’t help me

(CHORUS)
You said You would overcome
But now the liars have me on the run
And You said You would always hear my call
But can You hear my voice at all
Can You hear my voice at all
Can You hear my voice at all

(bridge)
Cause I said I would always love You
And I don’t wanna hear that I can’t trust You
And I said I would always believe

(CHORUS)
Oh, yeah
You said You would never leave me
But now the liars say that You’ve deceived me
And I can’t hear Your voice above the crowd
So can You speak a little louder
Can You speak a little louder
Can You speak a little louder

You said You’d never let me go…

(c)&(p) 2008 Amalia Musica (SESAC)

Shiver

Written By: Amy Courts

(from "These Cold and Rusted Lungs")

You want to make me something else
It’s hard enough to be me
You want to wrap me up in bows
And put me on parade

But I’m not what you think
I’ll lose your rings
I’ll toss your string of pearls
I’m not your girl

(CHORUS)
And I thought you had everything I’d ever wanted
But I’m not for sale
And I won’t let you wrap me around your little finger
Pull your guns out
Stroke the trigger
You won’t see me
Shake and shiver

There’s more to life than what you think
And there’s more to thinking
Than to doll up
For the prince of these

But you can’t hide your scars and bruises
You can’t just pretend the things you chose
Don’t own you know

(CHORUS)

(Bridge)
You want to pull me into a fight
To prove I need you more than
I need to breathe

(CHORUS)

Pull your guns out and watch me
Pull your guns out and watch me closely
Pull your guns out
Stroke the trigger
You won’t see me
Shake and shiver

(c)&(p) 2008 Amalia Musica (SESAC)

Breathe

Written By: Paul Koopman

(from "These Cold and Rusted Lungs")

Looking over the Catalina’s
Sun sets below a jagged sky
Like a lover in the rearview mirror
Ain’t no questions, no asking why
When it’s over, it’s time to get back on the highway

I ain’t no fan of confession
God knows everything I’ve done, anyway
And I can live with my own conscience
At least, that’s what I tell myself every day
But it’s over, over and over and over

(CHORUS)
Look who’s down
Who’s crying now
Take these cold and rusted lungs
And make them breathe somehow
Turn around
Who’s burning down
Just take this heart of plastic love
And make it real somehow

I didn’t ever stop believing
I just get a little gun shy
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got it all figured out
But, sometimes I lose the words I’m living by
But it’s over, over and over and over

(CHORUS)

(…Make me feel somehow…)
Oh, well it’s over, I sure miss that light on the mountain

(CHORUS)

(…Make me feel somehow…)

(c)&(p) 2008 Hot Son Music (SESAC)

Stand

Written By: Amy Courts

(from "These Cold and Rusted Lungs")

Take me home,
Away from this mess
Away from what’s empty
And only makes breathing irrelevant

Take me home
Away from this distraction
It’s endlessly stealing
All the purpose and feeling within my bones

Oh no, I can’t wait any longer
Oh, no, I can’t wait anymore

(CHORUS)
I cannot stand one more moment
Of tireless living
Endlessly giving what I don’t have
No, I cannot stand one more moment
Where nothing is perfect
It just doesn’t seem worth it
To try again

Take me home
Away from this madness
Where nothing’s worth having
And yet everyone’s grabbing for something more

Take me home
Away from what I’ve become
Away from this tolerance
And the ceaseless indifference to what I know

No, I can’t wait any longer
Oh no, I can’t wait anymore

(CHORUS)

(Bridge)
Well all I’ve been searching and hoping for
I can’t even know if it’s there fore sure
And they’ll say it’s all in my head
But it’s working me over
Just get me out of this mess,
And with every last breath I breathe I promise this
I won’t go one more day without You

No, I cannot stand one more moment
I’ve let it rule me
Overcome and undo me, time and again

No, I will not stand one more moment
Living without You
So far from what I know is true

(c)&(p) 2008 Amalia Musica (SESAC)

Barely Breathing

Written By: Amy Courts

(from "Amy Courts: EP")

Take this heart of stone and ash
Clothe these frail bones in skin and flesh
Fashion beauty in my weary frame
Filter love into my veins again…

I am dying, hear me crying,
Barely breathing, I can’t see.

(CHORUS)
I’m anxious and waiting,
I’m suffocating
And everything’s hanging on
Your next move.
Pride has me tangled
And lies have me strangled
And everything’s hanging on
What You do.

Break my legs – or I will run again
And undo everything You’ve done and been…
Arrest my tongue – a jagged blade,
Guard my mind by barricade,
Take me out from underneath, relieve me.

I am dying, hear me crying,
Barely breathing, I can’t see.

CHORUS

(Bridge)
Tear me down to skin and bones
Till I’m broken and exposed
Whittle something beautiful of me…

I am dying, hear me crying,
Barely breathing, I can’t see.

CHORUS

(c)&(p) 2006 Amalia Musica (SESAC)

Discography

ALBUMS:
| "These Cold and Rusted Lungs":: Released July 29, 2008. Includes singles "Shiver," "The Liars," and "Breathe." Produced by Neilson Hubbard.

| "Amy Courts EP":: released May 26, 2006. Includes singles "Barely Breathing," "Nothing Better," "Company," "Save Me," and "Alone"

SINGLES:
| "Shiver" (from "These Cold and Rusted Lungs"): released August 2008 through CRW Platinum Gold Radio Promotions. Currently in rotation on over 100 stations worldwide.

| "The Liars" (from "These Cold and Rusted Lungs"): released May 2008 through CRW Platinum Gold Radio Promotions. Currently in rotation on over 100 stations worldwide.

| "The Wait is Over" released December 2006 on Independent compilation, "Transcending Christmas: A Beautiful Journey from Heaven to Earth"

| "Nothing Better" (from "Amy Courts EP"): released May 2006. Currently in rotation through independent distribution online to over 50 stations nationwide.

|"Barely Breathing" (from "Amy Courts EP"): released May 2006. Currently in rotation through independent distribution online to over 50 stations nationwide.

| "Company" (from "Amy Courts EP"): released May 2006. Currently in rotation through independent distribution online to over 50 stations nationwide.

| "Alone" (from "Amy Courts EP"): released May 2006. Currently in rotation through independent distribution online to over 50 stations nationwide.

| "Save Me" (from "Amy Courts EP"): released May 2006. Currently in rotation through independent distribution online to over 50 stations.

| "In You": released December, 2004 on Independent Compilation: "Transcending: A Beautiful Journey from Here to There"

| "Unnerving": released April 2004 independently for radio and internet play

Set List

Typical sets consist of 10-25 songs, primarily originals but including some covers, all selected from the list below. Sets can be played solo acoustic (Amy alone or with one additional guitarist), or with a full band, according to the venue's preference.

ORIGINALS
Shiver
Under the Fall
Everything
Hold You Up
Spoken For
Save Me
You Remain
Where Are You Now
The Liars
Blessed Are
Stand
In You
Company
Alone
Nothing Better
Grace & Thunder
Unnerving
Identify
Too Many Offers
I Cannot Contend
Sing
Barely Breathing
Free
Isaiah
Icycle Storms
Right Here
Nobody Told Me
Sky Fall Down

COVERS
Know Who Your Friends Are (The Pretenders)
I'll Stand By You (The Pretneders)
We Belong (Pat Benatar)
The Story (Brandi Carlisle)
Turpentine (Brandi Carlisle)
Desperado (The Eagles)
Here With Me (Dido)
Thank You (Dido)
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
I Am (Jill Phillips)
Love is Blindness (U2)
Original of the Species (U2)
Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
The Chain (Fleetw