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Amie Penwell music is alternative, piano pop, with enough soul to dip it's toe into alt. country and gospel, joining the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Melissa Etheridge, and Peter Gabriel.
Amie Penwell Biography
Take the voice of an angel and drop it one octave, that’s the sound of Amie Penwell. Her voice seduces the listener with a mixture of grit and polish that gives honesty a whole new meaning. This is not the voice next door, but rather the velvety crooning voice of a choirgirl who ran away with the preacher. Penwell strikes a rare balance between Adult Alternative Pop/Rock and full-throated Soul/R&B, and has the crossover appeal of artists like Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Goyte, and Hozier, with the strong sonic architecture of influences like Ray LaMontagne, U2, and Tom Waits. Like the best of those artists Penwell’s songs don’t pounce, they pull you in and stay with you long after you are done listening. Modern, electrifying, with noir tendencies Amie Penwell's deep, gravelly voice is hauntingly soothing.
When asked why she makes music, Amie responded, “My main objective as an artist, is to focus on what the moment has to teach me, to extract the truth, the lesson from the beastly, the beautiful, and every ordinary passing in between. My experience has made clear to me that the more honest I am with myself, the more connected I can be with others. I believe there is no work worth sharing that won't at least try to be of service to another.”
Penwell’s underground hit single, “Mercy,” featured in the award-winning 2012 documentary, The Eyes of Thailand narrated by Ashley Judd. Her music is featured in the TV series Bloomers and The Ask BonBon Show. She was a semi-finalist in this year’s International Songwriting Contest (ISC) in the Adult Album Alternative category for my song “Dogfight On The Moon”. Penwell’s lyrics will be featured on Action Moves People United, a spoken word compilation for the United Nations. Her song “Somewhere The Sky Is Blue” with Grammy Award-winning Producer Ricky Kej, is featured in the upcoming Dominica Scorsese film Almost Paris. Penwell is fixing for her first full-length release record since her 2012 EP Under City Lights. Windows will be released March 2, 2018. In the meantime, you will be able to hear a new version of Mercy on this years Notes4Hope Breast Cancer awareness compilation in October of 2017, and Unstoppable on the credits reel of DVA Productions latest film Mary Janes The Women Of Weed.
Mark Langton from Marin Independent Journal stated, “Penwell is regarded by many in the Bay Area to be one of the next big heavyweights.” Followed by Skope Magazine’s Jimmy Rae, who says “AP is a one-of-a-kind artist with real substance. In this corporate music world that is undoubtedly known for pumping out unoriginal, one-dimensional Pop Radio puppets, Amie Penwell is a breath of fresh air to say the very least. Amie Penwell is an artist with an honest-to-truth sound and is on pace to Humanize the music world.”
“Penwell is regarded by many in the Bay Area to be one of the next big heavy weights. ”
— Marin Independent Journal
"Take the voice of an angel and drop it an octave. The first time you hear it, if you are sitting down, you will want to stand up. If you are standing, you may want to sit down.”
Paul Liberatore - Here Magazine
“Like the best of Cat Power, Feist or David Gray, Penwell’s songs don’t pounce, they pull you in and stay with you long after you are done listening."
Drew Pearce- New Music Weekly
"Amie has a soul that pours into your heart through her music. This girl has overcome a ton of stuff on her journey so far and is a symbol of how blooming later has a rare beauty that comes only with the scars of hard work and perseverance. We are toasting today to allowing ourselves to blossom when we're supposed to. There is no such thing as too late. Don't EVER give up."
Laurel Redington Whitaker 88.7 Fm MVRadio
"Amie Penwell’s songs have a contemporary sound, yet her lyrics speak to bigger, universal themes like all great music should. I especially liked the themes of struggle, forgiveness and overcoming obstacles in “Mercy” so I licensed it for “The Eyes of Thailand”, an award-winning documentary, narrated by Ashley Judd, about one woman’s quest to help two elephant landmine survivors walk again. The song was a perfect fit for the end credits and it inspired thousands of people around the world during our international film festival circuit. It continues to move people now that the film is available on television, DVD, and VOD."
Windy Borman | Director & Producer
"The Eyes of Thailand"
"It's incredible how Amie's music resonates so deeply with the themes of love & loss in Bloomers. Her music cuts deep. Not only is Amie a talented singer & songwriter, but as I work with her on music for the next season of Bloomers, I am discovering that she is incredibly intuitive in understanding how music operates with other mediums and how her distinct voice as an artist operates with the distinct voices of other artists.”
Matt Concepcion Palazzolo - Creator/Writer/Actor/Editor Bloomers The Series
"Under City Lights Rating: 5/5 Amie Penwell's music is something I’d like to refer to as Soul Pop due to the catchy sound blending in with pure & raw emotion. AP is a one-of-a-kind artist with real substance and ‘Under City Lights’ more than proves that notion. In this corporate music world that is undoubtedly known for pumping out unoriginal, one-dimensional Pop Radio puppets, Amie Penwell is a breath of fresh air to say the very least. ‘Under City Lights’ is a refreshing change to the humdrum, mainstream music scene that surrounds us today. "Definitely watch out for this indie artist as she displays high potential on her latest release. Amie Penwell seems to be an artist with an honest-to-truth sound and is on pace to Humanize the music world" No more of the same’ sameol’ for me; I’ll have what she’s having please! Amie Penwell is the future and the future is now so to make sure to check out ‘Under City Lights’!
Jimmy Rae-Skope Magazine