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Fans of Stevie Nicks and early Sarah McLachlan might react mightily to this CD from Roberts, whose breathy vocals and swirling, melodious production make "Butterfly" a gust of uplifting excitement. We were less taken by the R&B-infused "How Sweet". Roberts zeros in on one of life's everyday aches in "Without U", a song about filling the interminable downtime lovers endure when they're apart. This artist's voice blossoms on these original tunes. Film/TV folks should call.
Production 7/10
Lyrics 7/10
Music 7/10
Vocals 7/10
Musicianship 7/10 - Music Connection Magazine


Fans of Stevie Nicks and early Sarah McLachlan might react mightily to this CD from Roberts, whose breathy vocals and swirling, melodious production make "Butterfly" a gust of uplifting excitement. We were less taken by the R&B-infused "How Sweet". Roberts zeros in on one of life's everyday aches in "Without U", a song about filling the interminable downtime lovers endure when they're apart. This artist's voice blossoms on these original tunes. Film/TV folks should call.
Production 7/10
Lyrics 7/10
Music 7/10
Vocals 7/10
Musicianship 7/10 - Music Connection Magazine


Singer/songwriter Amy Roberts records pop music for girls who've just been dumped or did the dumping themselves. Pieces of Roberts' broken heart is all over this record, from the post-breakup defiance of "Butterfly" to the profound yearning of "Come Back". However, while that might seem to be a depressing experience, in this case it isn't. A large part of it has to do with Roberts' appealing voice, which is sad and sultry but doesn't stray from a Girl Next Door likeability.
When I received the CD, I expected another acoustic-based female solo artist; thankfully, Roberts is no Jewel wanna-be. The music, while illuminated by modern synthetic backbeats, is actually closer to the blues and jazz in terms of feel. Roberts sounds best when accompianied by piano, like on the lovelorn "Without U".
For an independent release, It Is has little connection to one; the production is clean and slick, giving Roberts the immaculate shadings that such a pretty voice deserves.
Reviewed by: Kyrby Raine
- ShotgunReviews.com


Singer/songwriter Amy Roberts records pop music for girls who've just been dumped or did the dumping themselves. Pieces of Roberts' broken heart is all over this record, from the post-breakup defiance of "Butterfly" to the profound yearning of "Come Back". However, while that might seem to be a depressing experience, in this case it isn't. A large part of it has to do with Roberts' appealing voice, which is sad and sultry but doesn't stray from a Girl Next Door likeability.
When I received the CD, I expected another acoustic-based female solo artist; thankfully, Roberts is no Jewel wanna-be. The music, while illuminated by modern synthetic backbeats, is actually closer to the blues and jazz in terms of feel. Roberts sounds best when accompianied by piano, like on the lovelorn "Without U".
For an independent release, It Is has little connection to one; the production is clean and slick, giving Roberts the immaculate shadings that such a pretty voice deserves.
Reviewed by: Kyrby Raine
- ShotgunReviews.com


By comparing herself to No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, Amy Roberts is actually selling herself short; Stefani never had this much soul in her voice. In fact, Stefani's range is downright thin compared to Roberts'. But that is the reality of the music business which finds Stefani constanly on the charts but Roberts still a relative unknown. Considering how good this record is, that actually might not last long. If there's a flaw in Roberts' songs, it's that they don't stick to you right away; the tunes grow on you, gradually unveiling the subtle charms and polised studio touches that make for worthwhile listening. "Butterfly" recalls the Cardigans in their hot AC heyday ten years ago, namely because of Roberts' schoolgirl innocent voice; when the song picks up tempo, it is utterly delicious. "How Sweet" sneaks into R&B territory, but not the faux R&B of today; rather, Roberts delivers a bluesy take on the song's melancholy lyrics of a failed relationship. The mellow, soothing "Without U" and "Shelf" place an increased emphasis on Roberts' vocals, which is reminiscent of Dido's longing croon on these tracks. "Come Back" is basically Roberts' "Don't Speak" except that Stefani never plumbed the depths of sadness as Roberts does here. The emotions sound real, and it's a tearjerker that could become a classic given a sympathetic ear by radio programmers.
- Adam Harrington - WhisperinAndHollerin.com


By comparing herself to No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, Amy Roberts is actually selling herself short; Stefani never had this much soul in her voice. In fact, Stefani's range is downright thin compared to Roberts'. But that is the reality of the music business which finds Stefani constanly on the charts but Roberts still a relative unknown. Considering how good this record is, that actually might not last long. If there's a flaw in Roberts' songs, it's that they don't stick to you right away; the tunes grow on you, gradually unveiling the subtle charms and polised studio touches that make for worthwhile listening. "Butterfly" recalls the Cardigans in their hot AC heyday ten years ago, namely because of Roberts' schoolgirl innocent voice; when the song picks up tempo, it is utterly delicious. "How Sweet" sneaks into R&B territory, but not the faux R&B of today; rather, Roberts delivers a bluesy take on the song's melancholy lyrics of a failed relationship. The mellow, soothing "Without U" and "Shelf" place an increased emphasis on Roberts' vocals, which is reminiscent of Dido's longing croon on these tracks. "Come Back" is basically Roberts' "Don't Speak" except that Stefani never plumbed the depths of sadness as Roberts does here. The emotions sound real, and it's a tearjerker that could become a classic given a sympathetic ear by radio programmers.
- Adam Harrington - WhisperinAndHollerin.com


If there's a sing happy thought on Amy Roberts' "It Is" Album, it's probably tucked away in the corner, probably in a drawer stashed with crumpled love notes. This is a record about relationships falling apart - and letting go. From the opening cut "Butterfly", Roberts establishes the record's unifying theme of heartbreak. "Cut me/And I'll grow stronger," she sings, a parting shot to an ex who probably doesn't think she can make it on her own. However, there's little anger in Roberts' voice; in fact, on "Butterfly" her singing is quite enchanting, echoing the twee sweetness of the Cardigans' Nina Persson. Given that the standard of quality in US pop is set by the horrifying American Idol these days, we should feel blessed that new talent with real voice is still putting out records. Roberts' voice combines the soulful melancholia of Tori Amos with the innocuous sparkle of Persson. On "Midnight", Roberts takes on an urgent, passionate tone that smoothly gels with its acoustic riffs and funky guitars in the climax while "Shelf" is prime rainy-day balladry. The only misstep here seems to bhe the title track, wherein the electronics overwhelm the softness of Roberts' voice. While not a bad track, Roberts is best served when the instrumentation is keenly aware of the fragility of her singing, not trying to push it forward. The sorrow-soaked "Come Back" is where Roberts hits her peak on this CD, her voice soaring with anticipation and woe over a lover's possible return.
Author: Michael Sutton - CDreviews.com


If there's a sing happy thought on Amy Roberts' "It Is" Album, it's probably tucked away in the corner, probably in a drawer stashed with crumpled love notes. This is a record about relationships falling apart - and letting go. From the opening cut "Butterfly", Roberts establishes the record's unifying theme of heartbreak. "Cut me/And I'll grow stronger," she sings, a parting shot to an ex who probably doesn't think she can make it on her own. However, there's little anger in Roberts' voice; in fact, on "Butterfly" her singing is quite enchanting, echoing the twee sweetness of the Cardigans' Nina Persson. Given that the standard of quality in US pop is set by the horrifying American Idol these days, we should feel blessed that new talent with real voice is still putting out records. Roberts' voice combines the soulful melancholia of Tori Amos with the innocuous sparkle of Persson. On "Midnight", Roberts takes on an urgent, passionate tone that smoothly gels with its acoustic riffs and funky guitars in the climax while "Shelf" is prime rainy-day balladry. The only misstep here seems to bhe the title track, wherein the electronics overwhelm the softness of Roberts' voice. While not a bad track, Roberts is best served when the instrumentation is keenly aware of the fragility of her singing, not trying to push it forward. The sorrow-soaked "Come Back" is where Roberts hits her peak on this CD, her voice soaring with anticipation and woe over a lover's possible return.
Author: Michael Sutton - CDreviews.com


Amy Roberts says "It Is" what it is on her new album. I mean that in a factual sense, as her lyrics are straightforward and get right down to business very quickly. Roberts has a sweet disposition and it comes through nicely in every track. Even though the subject matter can be rather serious and heartrendering this lady knows how to wrap her pipes around the story and steal you away for the duration of the song. For this listener's ears that is the litmus test, if you pass that, you have me hooked. I would have to say that the entire recording kept me interested, and enough to spin it a few more times after the firest time around. Again, for the way I judge all recordings various aspects, I need to hear it more than once, and I really have to enjoy it to make that effort. This music is pop rock with more of a lean towards the pop sensibilities of life when you look at the recording as a whole effort. The production is good and the musicianship falls right in line with that. Amy is not only a fine vocalist that delivers a song with heart and emotion; she also plays various configurations of the keyboards among other additional instruments exceptionally well. This is a good indicator of an artist totally involved in every aspect of a reording from top to bottom; it most definitely shows when everything comes together. This album is long time coming for a hard working mother and wife that happens to have many other talents besides the necessary domestic tools to survive. The energy necessary for the job of being a mom alone can be overwhelming then when you add the additional responsibilities of an entirely different life to the mix, and one that is on the other side of the tracks entirely, surely, it is a downright grit and determination to reach for the stars. It is of my humble opinion after hearing "It Is" several times that those twinkling lights in the sky are well within reach for Amy Roberts.
Author: Keith "MuzicMan" Hannaleck - www.associatedcontent.com


Amy Roberts says "It Is" what it is on her new album. I mean that in a factual sense, as her lyrics are straightforward and get right down to business very quickly. Roberts has a sweet disposition and it comes through nicely in every track. Even though the subject matter can be rather serious and heartrendering this lady knows how to wrap her pipes around the story and steal you away for the duration of the song. For this listener's ears that is the litmus test, if you pass that, you have me hooked. I would have to say that the entire recording kept me interested, and enough to spin it a few more times after the firest time around. Again, for the way I judge all recordings various aspects, I need to hear it more than once, and I really have to enjoy it to make that effort. This music is pop rock with more of a lean towards the pop sensibilities of life when you look at the recording as a whole effort. The production is good and the musicianship falls right in line with that. Amy is not only a fine vocalist that delivers a song with heart and emotion; she also plays various configurations of the keyboards among other additional instruments exceptionally well. This is a good indicator of an artist totally involved in every aspect of a reording from top to bottom; it most definitely shows when everything comes together. This album is long time coming for a hard working mother and wife that happens to have many other talents besides the necessary domestic tools to survive. The energy necessary for the job of being a mom alone can be overwhelming then when you add the additional responsibilities of an entirely different life to the mix, and one that is on the other side of the tracks entirely, surely, it is a downright grit and determination to reach for the stars. It is of my humble opinion after hearing "It Is" several times that those twinkling lights in the sky are well within reach for Amy Roberts.
Author: Keith "MuzicMan" Hannaleck - www.associatedcontent.com


Discography

"It Is" - streaming on various internet radio stations along with airplay on KWSS 106.7.

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Bio

Amy Roberts’ versatile vocals shine with every facet of her songwriting - ranging from velvety smooth to powerfully raw. Her music entices with solid grooves & poetic lyrics.
“IT IS” is refreshing and compelling. Swelling synths and electronica accent Amy’s unique vocal style and her rock influences are apparent. Though each song has its own flavor, the entire collection is seamlessly held together by Amy’s captivating vocals.
After years of performing live music and recording with various bands, Amy has taken this album as an opportunity to dig even deeper into her own, personal artistry. And not only has this album been a rebirth for Amy as an artist, but in the process she has also given birth to her first son, Owen David, born August 23rd, 2005.
The crew include: Josh Prince - Executive Producer, Dan Marfisi - Engineer, Musician, Assistant Producer (Jones House Music www.joneshousemusic.com), Michael Woodrum - Mixing and Mastering (Soundmoves Studios www.soundmovesaudio.com). Other gifted players include Nova Jones, Brian McKenzie, Carla Clark and Cameron Stone.
Fans have said Amy sounds like Stevie Nicks, Norah Jones, Gwen Stefani, Hope Sandoval, Erykah Badu or The Sundays. Friends say she channels the voice of a blues singer from the past. Whatever you hear in Amy’s voice is most definitely a reflection of her life as an artist. “The life you live is the lesson you give”, and Amy’s bassist Brian McKenzie says it best: “The way she lives her life, everything she does, the home she has created, the way she treats people, the sound of her voice, the way she makes others feel…it’s something special”.
In L.A, Amy sings professionally and can be heard on NBC, HBO, Lifetime, The WB, Comedy Central, and more. She most recently sang “You’re The One That I Want” and “Sandra Dee” on the NBC promos for “The One That I Want”, a reality show casting the Broadway revival of “Grease” that debuted January 7th. She sang the theme song for the show as well. (www.nbc.com/Grease)
Amy Roberts is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and now resides in LA.