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Amy Hart was born and raised in Chicago. She began her
musical career at the family piano at age 2. When she was in high school she
began playing guitar and writing songs. Her first professional gig was in
1979 with Flash Point, a west side Chicago Blues Band. Her first appearance
was at Mayor Jane Byrne's Summertime Chicago Concert Series on Broadway at
the Armory in Chicago. She was soon a regular on the Blues stages, playing
at Kingston Mines on Lincoln Avenue and at B.L.U.E.S. with
She has also opened for Koko Taylor and James Cotton. She entered and won
the WLUP sponsored Chicago Rocks Contest twice and released two compilation
records with the radio station. She took her music to California to work
with producer John Ryan (Doobie Brothers, Santana) and released a song on
the Mercury Records Soundtrack "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" in 1985. The
song "Too Cruel" was co written by Tim Tobias and Amy and Tim were a duo for
some time performing in L.A. The movie has achieved cult status, and
continues racking up royalties around the world for Amy Hart.
Her next release was:
"Every Beat Of My Heart" her own label, Painted Rock Records. She then moved to the Gulf Coast with her young daughter and husband number two. Her second marriage ended after a year. Amy Hart lived in Destin FL for ten years playing and supporting herself and her daughter on the music scene. Her daughter graduated high school weeks after the Horizon Oil Spill devastated the economy in FL and after losing all her jobs, she hit the road. Her daughter Emily enrolled at Columbia College in Chicago and Amy camped out in her car for a few weeks while contemplating her next move.
"I had already made one record in Nashville and knew how to navigate the system." She drove to Music City with 40 bucks in her pocket and lived above a barn until BP started cutting checks, and then she started cutting tracks.
her second cd on Painted Rock Records is gaining her wider recognition in the the Blues arena. The tracks are all available on itunes, and everywhere else on the web, as well as on cd on this website. The reviews have been awesome, check out the latest on the page "REVIEWS".
2012 was a good year. Amy toured most of the year and brought her music to venues in Memphis, Atlanta, Knoxville, Tallahassee, Pensacola, Charlotte NC, Asheville NC, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Destin, Louisville, Black Mountain NC, Clarksdale MS, and ended the year headlining at the Himalayan Blues Fest in Kathmandu, Nepal. The band rocked many famous Blues clubs including The Hard Rock Cafe, Bradfordville Blues Club, The Double Door Inn, The Paradise, and Ground Zero Blues Club. 2013 promises more of the same, with new music and a return to her blues roots in Chicago. Look for new dates to be announced soon.