Canadian country music artist Amy Nelson is blazing trails at home and abroad. With her hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, as a springboard, Amy has risen into the spotlight across Canada and Australia as a vibrant singer, songwriter, musician, and multi-enterprise businesswoman.
Good Intentions, her third album, is infused with Amy’s incandescent vocals, magnetic melodies, and feisty lyrics that echo her on-stage and off-stage personality. “Hey Love,” Amy’s first single from the album, released to Canadian country radio May 17 and is available for stream or download.
“Hey Love” opportunely came her way via multi-award-winning songwriter Jeff Cohen (who’s authored numerous hits for Sugarland, The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Laura Bell Bundy, Josh Groban, and more). The two met during one of Amy’s many trips to Nashville, and she fell head-over-Converses for his song “Hey Love.” Although The Band Perry had been closing their shows with the song for years, it had never been professionally recorded before. So, when the band decided not to use it for their last album, it became available and Amy jumped on it.
Amy recently released “Hey Love” and two more of her new singles to Australian country radio, two of which hit the Top 10. “Hey Love” climbed to #6 on Australian country music charts.
The new album also includes a bonus-track remake of “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” featuring fellow Canadian country artist Brad Johner. The music video, starring guest “pirates” and former Saskatchewan Roughriders Bob Poley and Roger Aldag, made its debut on Mosaic Stadium’s massive SaskTel MaxTron during the team’s home playoff game in 2018.
Good Intentions is available on iTunes and at Boston Pizza locations across Saskatchewan. Amy’s donating $1 from every BP album sale to local summer music camps for kids. This out-of-the-box collaboration is one of many examples of how Amy forges unconventional paths in her music career.
“When I run across a jammed door, I just break out my toolbox and build a new door,” Amy says. And, when she establishes a new doorway, Amy is committed to holding it open for others to walk through.
Empowering the next generation of artists is a driving force for Amy, as seen through her former work as a high school music teacher and later as she opened her own singing school for kids. Since Amy launched Sing Like a STAR in 2011, this business she created and oversees has encouraged more than 1,700 Saskatchewan children to grow in confidence and follow their dreams.
Amy models this as she tenaciously travels the world in pursuit of her own musical ambitions. She’s entertained audiences in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, New Zealand, and Thailand. Yet, Amy reserves a special place in her heart for the country where she landed her very first teaching job: Australia. And, the feeling is mutual.
Last summer Amy made her main-stage debut at the Groundwater Country Music Festival, Australia’s fastest-growing country festival. Aussie country fans couldn’t get enough of this “Canadian boomerang,” so this summer she’ll take the stage again at Gympie Music Muster, one of the top country festivals down under.
This love of music and travel, along with her collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, led Amy to create Export Entertainment, a company creating international exchanges between artists in Canada and other countries. Recent projects include bringing a Canadian band with her on tour in Australia and connecting top Australian country artists with musical opportunities in Canada. Exchanges in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and United States are also in the works.
Her international efforts have been recognized back home in Canada. In April 2019 Amy was recognized from the floor of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for her intercontinental musical successes. She also was included in a 2018 JUNO Awards video featuring FACTOR-funded Canadian artists who have gained popularity abroad.
Amy’s been working her way up through the Canadian music scene for years. She’s collected 40 Saskatchewan Country Music Award nominations with a 2018 win for Entertainer of the Year. While serving on the SaskMusic board of directors from 2011 to 2018, she was instrumental in advancing the province’s music industry.
Amy has performed at the Calgary Stampede, Canadian Music Week, Canadian Country Music Awards, AmericanaFest, BreakOut West, JunoFest and Australian Music Week. This summer she will be touring Canada from east to west, down under and back again. And, this fearless artist has more than just good intentions to go everywhere her big dreams lead her.