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"All That Jazz"

PERFECTLY crafted jazz standards like Stormy Weather, Fever and They Can't Take That Away From Me, are, despite their elegant demeanour, robust old birds. In their 60-odd year lifetime they have been tossed from crooner, to be-bopper to ageing rocker, to piano thumper, and they are still in pretty good shape. And though those great standards are an alluring temptation to every kind of singer who wants to leave his or her mark on them, it is hard to beat a vibrato-rich rendition by Sarah Vaughan, the twinkly-eyed Tony Bennett treatment, or Ella's toffee tones.

Swansea's Amy Sinha discovered the Great American Songbook from MGM musicals and Fred and Ginger movies. The films began a life-long love of those great songs and of those definitive interpretations for her. She says: "I love to hear Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong sing those songs." Amy's feel for a carefully-weighted composition put across with subtlety shows in her singing style. Hers is a mature and sure-footed voice, that lets some fine music and some poetic words show off their natural bloom and blush. "With those songs I think the more you let the song speak for itself the more powerful it is," says Amy.
"The words are so wonderful and the melodies are so beautiful that they sell themselves."

Amy is a recent graduate of Leeds College of Music and her interest in jazz blossomed in her teens.
"When I was at Gorseinon College, at 16, I started to get into it. I was picked out as the jazz singer in the class."
She did have some competition for the mic though: "I was in the same music class as Katherine Jenkins. She has always had a beautiful voice. We knew she was going to be the one who became a star," says Amy.

- Swansea Evening Post


"Amy Sinha Releases A Sin With Love"

Dynamic Jazz vocalist Amy Sinha is fast becoming a prominent name on the UK and International Jazz scene. With Katie Melua, Olivia Newton John style tones her voice is silky and comforting, a perfect accompaniment to a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Amy Sinha’s pedigree in music is one that would be the envy of any impresario. Amy, the youngest of three sisters has been surrounded by music and instruments from an early age. Inspired by such a musical upbringing, Amy studied classical piano and singing and developed an intimate love affair with Jazz in her teens.

She went on to graduate from Leeds College of Music with a BA (Hons) Degree in music specialising in Jazz. There she studied under tutors such as Graham Hearn, Lee Gibson, Tina May and Daryl Sherman. This solid grounding in Jazz, (with influences such as Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald), and a voice that has been described as ‘silky-smooth’ caught, the attention of some of the best Jazz musicians currently working in the UK and saw her contacts book filling up with names of the great and the good of Jazz.

A meteoric rise in status and sheer talent has led to Amy working with such notable musicians as harmonica player Julian Jackson, saxophone maestros Alex Garnett and Alan Barns and trumpet player Damon Brown. Although Jazz has been her first love, Amy also indulges in soul and RnB always keen to fuse various styles producing her own fresh and silky sound
- Rhythm & Booze


"Amy Sinha Discusses New Album"

Amy Sinha is back with her new record A Sin With Love, which sees her mix her jazz sound with more of a pop element.

I caught up with the singer-songwriter to chat about the new record, having creative control whilst making it and what lies ahead.

- You have just released you new album A Sin With Love so for anyone who hasn’t heard the record yet what can we expect from it?

Well it’s a bit of everything really; it is jazz based but there are other influences like pop and a bit of folk and a bit of funk the there’s a track called A Vampire’s Dance and that is a bit more classical. So hopefully there is a little bit for everybody.

- And how have you found the response to the album so far?

It’s been really positive; I have actually been quite overwhelmed by it as I didn’t expect it.

Everybody has their favourite track - a lot of people like A Vampire’s Dance and I didn’t really expect that.

- So where did your love of jazz first start - how were you introduced to this genre?

I think it started when I was really young because I use to watch old movies with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.

I think it just seeped into my subconscious - I didn’t know at the time that it was jazz because I was seven or eight years old.

I only actually realised that when I was about sixteen, I think I had a love for it all the time and then when I was sixteen I did Someone To Watch Over To Me in a performance and I just absolutely loved it.

- The album is very much a collaborative process in terms of producing this record between yourself and Huw Ress so how much did you enjoy the hands on producing role?

It was good. It was a lot of pressure I felt because I obviously wanted to make it really good as this is my first time doing it.

But I am glad that I had the control over it because they were my songs and I knew what I wanted in my head.

But it was good to have somebody there who was in it with me and he was making suggestions, anything that I didn’t like we didn’t go with but he came up with a few that I didn’t think of. So yeah it was really exciting, it was really good.

- Well you have slightly touched on my next question really how did you find working with Huw? And what did his experience bring to this record?

I think he comes from a more commercial side of music so not really jazz based - he has a bit of blues but he does have the rock end and pop.

And I think that that was his influence because I wanted to make it more commercial so that everyone would like it and not just a jazz audience, so I think that is what he brought to that.

- It was a process that gave you total control of writing and recording the type of music that you wanted to do how much did you enjoy that freedom?

A lot (laughs), yeah I loved it. It is the first time that I have had complete control over the music that I have done and all my musicians were doing what I was saying and I have never taken that lead role. So yeah I really liked (laughs).

- Deborah Glenister and Alun Vaughn are just two of the musicians who play on the record so how did you find working with them?

Oh it was really good. Deborah Glenister she has been there right from the start, I wrote my fist song and she was there.

She was really supportive and really had a good input and because she is a jazz saxophonist I gave her the most of the jazz stuff. I gave her the chords and she did an improvisation.

It’s really good because when you listen to the songs her improvisation makes the melody and it is really good.

Alun actually joined towards the end of the process just before we were about to record. Again he is very experienced and he is just really in tune and he added a lot to the album. I am really thankful that I got those two people.

- And how much was this album a collaborative effort - did the musicians such as Deborah and Alun have input into the sound of the tracks?

I think inevitably yes - I gave them instructions about what I had in my head but they did add their own improvisation.

I wrote a couple of bass lines but Alun did add his own bass lines to it. So yes they did contribute a lot.

- I talk to musicians all the time and some don’t like the recording process all that much so how do you find stepping into the studio?

It was hard I am not going to lie, it’s not something that I am use to as I am use to performing live.

Going into the studio is quite different because you are aware of every little thing that you do and you can become quite critical of yourself.

So it’s a difficult process just accepting what you hear and not trying to be over analytical - so that is the main thing.

- While there is piano and the saxophone on there the album is very vocal driven and your voice very much takes centre stage so why did you decide to give the album an almost stripped back feel?

I am a vocalist so that was the whole point of the album I think it was for me. I didn’t want to go overboard with the instrumental because I have come from a jazz background and I know what people tend to like; if there is too much instrumental then people lose interest.

So I had as much as I felt was needed and that was in my head when I was making this album.

- You have penned all of the tracks on the album so what inspires you to write? And who are you greatest musical influences?

Well my greatest musical influences has to be Sarah Vaughan and Elle Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, they are the three jazz people.

As far as pop acts go I love Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey - I idolised Mariah Carey when I was thirteen and fourteen and I think she had a big influence over the way I started singing.

- You went to Leeds College of Music where you got a degree in music so how much has that helped you as you have forged a music career?

I think it was good at the time and it helped me because I got know a lot of people and I got to experience different surroundings and different types of people and personalities.

I got to sing with a big band and then there was a band who asked me to join, they were from Hull and it got me to travel a little bit as well.

The tutors were really good as well as they helped me to broaden my musical range because as a vocalist you tend to be just like other vocalists but I think the college did help me understand the instrumental side of things.

- What’s coming up for you for the rest of the year?

I am just going to promote the album and hopefully just get as many live gigs as possible. I just love to sing live. I am going to Europe later on this month so hopefully I will be doing more with that.

- So how have you found the music is being received outside of the UK?

It has been really good; somebody fro Japan bought and album and I was like ‘wow’ and people from America. It has been a really good response so it has been really good.

- Have you any plans to take on the U.S?

Yes I would love to go to New York, that is one of my aims. So I am going to try and get some gigs over there.

Amy Sinha’s new album A Sin With Love is out now
- Female First


Discography

Album - 'A Sin With Love' by Amy Sinha
Singles - 'Amy's Blues by Amy Sinha
'A Sin With Love/ by Amy Sinha
'Deep Inside' by Amy Sinha
'Stay Positive' by Amy Sinha
'Time' by Amy Sinha
'A Vampire's Dance' by Amy Sinha
'The Saying Goes' by Amy Sinha
'Open-Mindedness' by Amy Sinha
'It's Not Real' by Amy Sinha
'It's Not Real' Dance Remix

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Born in South Wales, Amy was entered into her first talent contest aged six, singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. Terrifying moments as she could barely reach the microphone but also turned out to be exhilarating. This marked the beginning of her love of music and performance.

Amy went on to study classical piano & singing and developed an intimate affair with the world of Jazz in her teens. A difficult and mature genre for this modern generation but one that touched Amy very deeply. She went on to graduate from "Leeds College of Music' with a BA (Hons) Degree in music, specialising in Jazz. .

Amy is involved with many different charitable organisations, including - “Friends of the Welsh National Opera”, “The Bible College Of Wales“, “Women In Jazz”,

Amy has recently released her debut album, 'A Sin With Love', all songs composed by herself. The music on this album is a combination of all the different genres that have had an influence on Amy's musical career through out the years. With it's release, Amy has performed on Radio Cardiff, BBC Radio Wales & on Radio Ara in Luxembourg!

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