However We Like
Amy Frederick began studying the piano when she was six years old. The youngest of four children, she learned how to read notes in the Classical style while secretly harboring fantasies of being a songwriter in a rock and roll band. Her first recording experience was singing Beatles songs into a portable cassette player at age seven. 'She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah!' Along with the Beatles her early musical influences were of a wide range considering the differences in age of her family members. As a result she gave equal attention to artists such as James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Kitty Wells, Carole King, Herb Alpert and the Tiajuana Brass, Billy Joel, Sonny James, Harry Nilsson, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan and the Lawrence Welk show! It should come as no surprise that her career path has been equally unpredictable. Her first employment as a pianist was during the seventh grade, accompanying a production for a local church. For the next few years she gathered as much experience as possible accompanying school choirs, local productions of Broadway shows, solo singers and instrumentalists. After highschool, she was awarded a scholarship to study piano at the Aspen Music Festival and graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in music performance. Upon graduation, dissatisfied with the role of a Classical pianist she bought a digital keyboard, joined a rock and roll band and began studying jazz. At this time she made it two of her life's goals to become a studio musician and songwriter. By studying voice, programming hundreds of songs into a computer, and playing lots of society gigs in a lot of bands, Amy learned how to be a pop musician. In 1993, she spent four-and-a-half months performing for hundreds of people daily on a paddlewheel boat in JAPAN. Upon return to the U.S. she moved to Nashville, TN where she resides to this day. For the past eleven years Amy has been a member of 'Liberation,' a band with a 30 year legacy of success in Bowling Green, KY. She has performed with this group 4-6 nights per week, 48 weeks of the year. She has performed her own songs at the renowned Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, has played and sung on many studio projects, collaborated as an arranger on two recordings by children's artist, Rachel Sumner and is a member of TAXI, an independent music promotion company which has forwarded many of her songs to national companies looking for music by independent artists. Amy teaches a few piano students when she is not writing or performing and has worked for the Nashville Institute for the Arts as an artist teacher, taking arts education into public schools. She is a committed life-long learner and recently bought a vintage Hammond C3 organ and Leslie 122 speaker. She released her first CD, 'However We Like' on her own label, Greenbaby Records in 2004.