New Music Friday Q & A - "Introducing Amy Jack"
Hi Amy! Thank you so much for talking with us. What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about pursuing a career in music? It’s all about the song. So many people have told me that success lies within the lyrics and connection with your audience. Anyone can sing, but for me, it’s all about sharing experiences with others.
You recently released your album, Introducing Amy Jack, which was produced by Merle Haggard. Which song from the album means the most to you and why?“My Favorite Memory” was so special to record, and it holds great meaning to me and a lot of Merle’s fans. It was a No. 1 hit and I remember hearing it for the first time, just being in awe of Merle’s voice. It’s just a timeless song.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music and what do you want fans to takeaway from it? One of my idols, Walter Cronkite said to reach people with a story and to make your narrative as applicable to as many people as possible. Although he was a journalist, I loved this idea of connecting with people and spreading joy.
Can you remember your first trip to Nashville? I was on a road trip with other musicians and I remember looking at the skyline and being in awe of the city. It’s changed so much in the past years, but the people never cease to amaze me. Every time I come back, I make so many new memories that will always stay with me and influence my music.
What do you do on a day off in Nashville? I like to go to museums, and my favorite is the Tennessee State Museum. I've learned so much about the character and the history of Tennessee and each time I go, my appreciation for Nashville grows. The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame is also very special to me, so many of my idols have exhibits there and I love listening to their music and inspirations. The Ryman is also a beautiful place with a rich history and so many legends. The Bluebird Cafe and the Honky Tonk's are really fun and I love seeing local artists perform and soak in their inspiration. Natchez Trace is a beautiful place to connect with nature. Next on my bucket list is Arrington Vineyards.
What is your favorite place to eat in Nashville? The Kitchen Notes at the Omni is very southern and delicious, their biscuits will change your life. The Palm and Merchants are really great for lunch. The Capitol Grille is great for dinner. Jack’s BBQ is really great authentic barbecue in Nashville.
What is your favorite dish to cook? I love making Cajun beans and rice. I love all of the spices, it's delicious and reminds me of growing up in the South.
What is your favorite music to listen to while you cook? “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette
Do you have a favorite family recipe? Probably my mother’s Thanksgiving green bean casserole or her seven layer salad. I look forward to them when I see her and the recipes remind me of my childhood.
If you could be sponsored by one food brand, who would it be? Harmless coconut water is delicious and I live by it for my performances and my vocals. It keeps me extra hydrated and I feel like a million bucks when I drink it.
Oklahoma native Amy Jack is a proficient singer, songwriter, and producer. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in TV/Radio/Film, she currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in North Texas. As an account executive for iHeart Media and Cumulus, she learned the ins and outs of the music and radio industries. To this day, Amy knows radio first hand. Amy recently released her debut album, Introducing Amy Jack, and she worked with the legendary country star Merle Haggard who produced the album.
Raised by family music teachers, Amy sings with ease and conviction. “Music is the most powerful mover in the world,” she says. She describes her current single, “Bounce Back,” as a song about our human triumph over adversities.” Amy has had several successes. Her song “For the Love of the Game" was recently featured on the U. S. Olympic Committee’s ‘Road to Rio' Tour as well as on national iHeart Media stations, the ESPN Network during March Madness and on a featurette for Kobe Bryant on FOX Sports. Other recent career highlights include performing the National Anthem for Major League Baseball and having her song “Born To Lead,” which she co-wrote with artist Billy Dawson, featured as the soundtrack to the NCAA’s Rotary Lombardi Awards.