Happy Birthday Amy

Happy Birthday Amy


H.B.A. is a 3 piece progressive indie pop band fronted by Amy Smith, a titular lead with strong vocals and fancy key work. Building off of jazz and early 60s chamber pop, this band is a sight for sore eyes topping everything with their ever evolving live show often consisting of a full horn section.


Since January 2006, Happy Birthday Amy has been hard at work making progressive indie pop in the Nashville area. Fronted by vocalist/keyboardist, Amy Smith, Happy Birthday Amy is a trio with Dillon Smith on bass and various other instruments and Miles Cramer on the drums. Often sharing the stage with others, Happy Birthday Amy invites a revolving door of horn players to their world whom they affectionately refer to as , The Dirty Brassholes. Happy Birthday Amy strives with every live show to sound more professional, but also to give audiences what they crave: great stage presence!

In March of this year the band self-released their first full-length record entitled "Sue." The record is a journey from start to finish and while this isn't a concept record so to speak, the songs definitely congeal and have a great sense of connection both lyrically and musically. "Sue" contains a wide variety of indie pop songs that are arranged and produced mainly by two of the band's members; husband and wife, Dillon and Amy Smith. Dillon, a multi-instrumentalist, composes skilled string and horn arrangements heard especially on tracks "The Groom", "Disaster", and "When You Say", the closing track. After making the record, Happy Birthday Amy adopted the term, "chamber pop," to denote the fullness of their arrangements but also dictate that this the songs are at anyone's grasp. The band hopes over all that their music can be described as sophisticated without being contrived, full and beautiful, complicated and complex and a work of real musical progression.


"Sue" - LP, released March 2008

Set List

30-45 minute set lists depending on how long the band is alloted.