About Amy | Contact Me

Who Am I?
Good question, I don’t know if I know…

I am Amy. I run Collected Sounds out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’ve been a music fan since forever, but am not a musician myself despite my years of piano and singing lessons.

If you want to reach me you can email me at: amy at collectedsounds dot com.




I have been a music lover as long as I can remember. With my father was an actor/director/writer/producer and my mother is a dance teacher so I grew up in a very musical household. I sang and danced shortly after I walked. It wasn’t until about the age of 5 when I got really interested in popular music, as opposed to musical theater.

My first favorite song was Carole King’s Too Late, Baby. I of course had no idea what she was singing about but I loved her voice and the whole sound of the song. I still admire her.

I took piano lessons for several years and was in some type of choir all through my school years (can you say Swing Choir? Glee!). I sang second soprano mostly because it was a hard part and because I was one of the few who could, at least partially, read music. I don’t really remember how to anymore.

I later moved on to some of the 70s greatest pop hits like, Billy Don’t be a Hero and Seasons in the Sun. I have been a fanatical music listener ever since. I went through my Prince phase (didn’t we all?), Wham! and all the other hit’s of the 80s as well.

I discovered Sarah McLachlan in 1991 and this was the first time I had such a connection with an artist and what she was saying. Oh sure, I identified with Morrissey’s self-loathing lyrics and moody music in my college years. I think I really loved The Smiths’ music because it made me feel like my life wasn’t so bad in comparison. But with Ms. McLachlan it was different. It was like she could read my mind. She sang what I wanted to say.

My next step was to really pay attention to the music, not just the lyrics. I realized that I prefer music that has a lot of layers, where you can pick out something different with each listen. But there is a part of me that also loves the simple melodies and silly, but intelligent lyrics of groups like They Might Be Giants.

My love for Women in Music began when I joined an Internet Mailing List of Sarah McLachlan fans. There the members discussed not only Sarah, but other female musicians as well. I learned a lot about a lot of artists I never knew about and discovered some wonderful music.

On a personal level I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN with my husband, Greg, dogs, a cat and a lot of hair balls. Other than music I enjoy cooking (not baking, that’s too rigid and I’ve never been one to do what I’m told), computer games, movies and tv (I watch WAY too much TV but with a home theater it’s hard not to), and throwing parties for my friends.

I want Collected Sounds to be a place where you can come to read about artists you know as well as being introduced to those you are not as familiar with. I don’t intend to have ALL the information that all of you might need, but I want to be a good resource for how to get it.

2 comments for “About Amy | Contact Me

  1. October 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Dear Amy,

    I am writing on behalf of Chasing Jane, and solid americana/indie/pop band from Seattle, WA USA. We have a brand new album we would love to talk to you about. People are saying we sort of sound like Cheryl Crow meets Allison Crosse (basic style/vibe reference)-but we want to know what YOU think. The album was produced and recorded pro, we would be thrilled to hear your opinion, and potentially have an interview with you. We would love a review! :O) You can hear several songs off the new album on our myspace page, the link is belowIf you like what you hear, I am more than happy to send you a hard copy, I did read your opinions on hard copies… and what your desk ends uo like, so I will send it only upon request.

    Thank you so much for your time,

    Chelsi Marie
    Chasing Jane
    (206) 819-8569

  2. May 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Hi Amy! I mailed a copy of Lisa Downing’s solo piano CD, “A Delicate Balance” to you last February, at the request of our radio promoter, Ed Bonk of Lazz Promotions. I thought it might help for you to have an update about what has been going on since then. “A Delicate Balance” moved to #4 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Airplay Chart, and we have received many favorable reviews including Kathy Parsons at MainlyPiano.com. Lisa will be performing in Denver next month with David Lanz, and Native American Flute Player Scott August. Please let me know if you need another promotional copy of “A Delicate Balance,” or if there is anything else we can do to help you, and your website. Warm Regards, Pete Foster, Director of Marketing, Vision Quest Entertainment 303-979-7011

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