Hard to believe it is already April 1st. I thought about pulling your leg and making a bunch of funny announcements about Amy but then I thought you might prefer getting the straight scoop…
As you probably know, Amy and Michael W. Smith spent 6 weeks on the road together for the “2 Friends” tour. It was an incredible experience for both of them and the crowds were extremely enthusiastic about seeing these two artists on stage together again. I don’t think there was a single night when Amy and Michael didn’t get choked up on stage together, singing so much of the music that they had created together. We are already putting together a fall tour that will include stops in Los Angeles (at the awesome Greek Theater) and 20+ other cities during September – November. In addition to the fall tour, Amy and Michael have added some fun summer shows to their schedule — Cary, NC at the Koka Amphitheater on July 28th, Atlanta, GA at Chastain Park on July 29th, and the Pullayup Fair in Washington State on September 16th.
In addition to the concerts with Michael, Amy is very excited to be participating in several of the Women Of Faith events this year. Amy has participated in a couple of Women Of Faith events in the past and has always had an incredible time with all of the other speakers and artists. It is a great way to step away from the stress of every day life and get together with other women to hear personal stories about faith, heartbreak, redemption and grace. If you live near one of the cities where Women Of Faith will be gathering, I encourage you to attend. Amy will be appearing:
April 29th – Las Vegas, NV
August 13 – Omaha, NB
August 27 – Dallas, TX
September 10 – Anaheim, CA
September 17 – Spokane, WA
September 24 – Phoenix, AZ
October 1 – Denver, CO
October 21 – San Antonio, TX
November 5 – Topeka, KS
November 12 – Tulsa, OK
Amy is also going “across the pond” to the UK for three shows in July. I’ve lost count of the number of years it has been since Amy has done an international show and we are very excited to add these to the calendar. The night will be a more acoustic night of stories and songs, but she is bringing enough of her band to rock the house a bit too! I’ve heard that several “Friends of Amy” members have purchased tickets for these shows and we look forward to seeing you!
Amy is going to spend the bulk of April – September working on new songs for a new record. Our goal is to get back into the studio next January to get something out mid-2012. In addition to a studio album, we are also working on plans to release a 20th Anniversary edition of Heart In Motion with some added content and remixes. Speaking of remixes, we are also working to release an expanded version of Somewhere Down The Road, which will include a couple of new remixes and HOPEFULLY a studio version of “Turn Turn Turn” — IF I can get her into the studio to record her vocal!
Speaking of the studio, Amy was in the studio earlier this week with her dear friend and former producer Michael Omartian recording a vocal for a charity project that will benefit Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. In addition to that, she has also contributed some background vocals to Vince’s new album which will release later this year. And — this is exciting — she is going into the studio next month to record a duet with Nicole Nordeman for a project called “The Story” which will release this fall. It’s a great song and I’m excited to hear their voices together.
On April 20th, Amy and Vince will be participating in a very special concert with James Taylor at Carnegie Hall. Amy is so honored to be included as she has been a lifelong fan of JT’s!
Add to that — another Christmas tour this year!
You guessed it — we are keeping VERY busy!
Finally, we’ve added a very fun event to next week’s schedule. Amy, Jenny Gill, Sarah and Millie are all going to model in the “Dressed To Kilt” celebrity fashion show. I will post the press release separately rather than lengthen this post. It should be fun and I will be on hand to take photos and upload to Facebook, Twitter and Ping (hint hint — you should be following Amy on those social media platforms!)
I wish you all a Happy April 1st!