Canadian Folk/Pop artist Amy Bishop collaborates with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx on a brand new, deeply personal album, Perfect & Broken.
On her most personal album to date, Amy Bishop shares stories of trauma, self-acceptance, and the power to overcome. Perfect & Broken released February 25th, 2022.
The Calgary-based artist is nationally recognized for her tremendous vocal versatility and as an outstanding songwriter who communicates personal stories of love and hope through song. With her signature sound rooted in Folk, Bishop’s musical adaptability allows her to seamlessly incorporate other genres into her vocal stylings and production with ease.
Having made her way into the living rooms of millions of Canadian households as a contestant on the first season of CTV’s The Launch, Bishop’s incredible talent has since led her to collaborations with international superstars Moby and Nikki Sixx, and saw her perform at the Canadian Screen Awards. Her soaring rendition of “Hallelujah” has reached over 25,000 views on YouTube, which she was later invited to perform for attendees of Calgary’s TEDx event in 2020.
With seven full length albums to her name, “Perfect & Broken” marks Amy Bishop’s eighth album as an artist and showcases a new side of her remarkable talents as a songwriter. Produced by Aaron Young (Susan Aglukark, Jory Kinjo) the album features multiple co-writes with well-known Canadian artists Lisa Jacobs and Dave McEathron as well as international superstar Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue. Staying true to her recognizable sound, “Perfect & Broken” has a Folk-Pop feel with Rock elements and features both up-tempo, energizing tracks alongside melodic, stripped down ballads.
Deeply personal and hopeful, with “Perfect & Broken” Bishop flawlessly weaves together painful parts of her past with powerful statements of acceptance and hope for the future. The ten-track album features one cover song – Gretchen Peters, “Five Minutes”, and nine original tracks that explore overcoming childhood trauma, breakups, and self-acceptance. Bishop’s vocal abilities add an extra punch to the lyrics, melodies, and rhythms of each song, driving home each message, story, and idea through her unparalleled vocal talent.
The first single from the album, “Inside A Box”, is an empowering anthem of self-discovery and acceptance, detailing Bishop’s lifelong journey to find where she fits in. The Folk ballad delicately takes listeners through Bishop’s teenage years – a time she felt she didn’t belong, to now where the artist confidently states “I don’t fit inside a box”. Followed by lead track “Shot Gun”, the second single off of the project is a slow Folk-Rock ballad about a future love. Written in collaboration with Dave McEathron, Bishop transforms the pleasant memory of calling “shot-gun” when racing to the car with her brothers into a future desire. Bishop explains, “The idea of finding the one you love and having a shotgun position with them for the rest of your life makes me feel all swishy and romantic.”
Bishop collaborated with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx on “Brand New Day ”, a powerful Rock anthem about overcoming childhood abuse. Showcasing Bishop’s incredible vocal power, she skillfully uses her vast range to tell the painful story of her past, and poignantly declares that the time has come to move on and into a “Brand New Day”. With her moving lyrics, soaring vocals, and confidence to push past the pain, the chill-inducing song is a haunting yet uplifting ode to moving on.
In her most personal album yet, “Perfect & Broken” showcases the courage and talent of an artist who transcends her past to create a phenomenally powerful, relatable body of work. Through sharing her truth in song, Amy Bishop delivers universal messages of overcoming one’s past, hope for the future, and self-acceptance, and will be sure to delight her current and new fans alike.
Q. 1. DEB: Did your upbringing prompt a specific reference point with your music? Like, is your music informed by certain concepts or themes from your childhood background, socio-economic status, where you lived, or were raised? In general, how does all this impact how you see the world musically?
AMY: “My family was a singing family. Car rides and campfires, music kept our family sane. My father became the church choir director when I was growing up so music and singing was a large part of my identity. I know that much of what I write about is formed from my childhood experiences and perceptions. What I have learned over time is that what I experienced as a child is not all that different from other people’s experiences.”
Q. 2. DEB: Tell your fans what your songs aim to say? Many artists would consider this a loaded question. The purpose of this question, however, is to assess how aware you are of what audiences see in your work and what it provokes, and why you make music.
AMY: “I aim to be truthful. Whatever the song is about the real goal is to find the truth of the story. And especially with “Perfect and Broken”, this record is a series of songs telling the truth of who I am right now, what I have learned about myself, being transparent and unapologetic about the journey I have been on.”
Q. 3. DEB: Who would you say has influenced you the most musically now and then?
AMY: “As a child, I listened a lot to Anne Murray, that was until I discovered kd lang. I would say those were my major influences musically back then. Now I am so inspired by strong female songwriters like Gretchen Peters and Mary Chapin Carpenter. They way they Weave stories into song is amazing and inspiring to me. The kind of writing they do makes me want to become a better creator.“
Q. 4. DEB: Contrary to popular belief, ‘making it’ in the art of music isn’t merely a game of luck. It requires talent, strategic, and determined effort based on your vision, goals, etc. Share with your fans information about your creative writing process, studio work, and how the collaboration on your deeply personal album, Perfect and Broken, with Nikki Sixx came to be?
AMY: “For me writing is a quiet process… therapeutic. I usually feel a need to sit quietly and explore whatever feeling I am experiencing and go with that feeling. The song “Brand New Day” which I co-wrote with Nikki Sixx was very much that way. Nikki had encouraged me on the set of CTVs “The Launch” to explore my feelings about my body/my success and to write a song about it.
When I thought the song was done I sent it to him and he replied with such positive feedback, told me to dig deeper, and made some suggestions for changing it. I made the changes and we went back and forth through email for a couple of weeks until the song was completed. It was a surreal experience, to write with someone over email. I am grateful.”
Q. 5. DEB: What does success mean to each of you?
AMY: “Success is fluid. When I was younger it meant fame and fortune. It meant private jets and top 40 hits. Now success looks very different. Success is gratitude for where I am and for what I’ve experienced. Success is knowing that the music I create makes a difference to the people who hear it.”
Q. 6. DEB: Some artists seem reluctant to speak of just how frustrating and baffling the whole experience of navigating the general music realm is, let alone add in Covid-19, or how hard they try to still be ambitious about getting their artwork seen or sold. Explain briefly how you’re currently pursuing your career and going after opportunities and some of the ways you’ve chosen lately to engage with your legions of fans, whether that’s within the top echelon of international art circles or based on your involvement with your local community despite the challenges musicians face trying to bring your art to the new formatted audiences at home, thanks to the Corona Virus.
AMY: “COVID sucked. I struggled with what it looked like to continue to be an artist through the pandemic. Through Covid, I did a lot of video engagements and videos for different events. The blessing is that I had to stretch what being creative means to me. Now that Covid seems to be tapering off I am ever more grateful for the people who supported me through it and the people that I can actually see in person at my shows.”
Q. 7 DEB: What is it like to finally resume touring and performing to an audience?
AMY: “SO INCREDIBLY AMAZING. I am grateful for the online audiences but performing online definitely feels like a one-way conversation. Having actually people reciprocating love and energy in person is something to be thankful for.”
Q. 8. DEB: What’s next for Amy Bishop?
AMY: “I am looking forward to more and more shows. I am looking forward to finally being able to go out in the road again and meet new people!”
Song Brand New Day and the album Perfect & Broken” are available everywhere now by clicking on Amy’s socials below. Check our her Canadian tour dates: https://www.amybishopmusic.ca/shows“
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