Colin Amey, Artist of the Week
Runs Mar. 17-21st.
Born April 21st, the youngest of three boys, Colin Amey hails from Dunnville, Ontario but spent most of his childhood in Whitehorse, where the cold Canadian Yukon did nothing to cool his driving passion to be a singer and songwriter.
At a young and early age, Colin’s early influences came from listening to the radio and watching the hits on Much Music, where the performances of Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen inspired his young heart. In the small town of Marmora, Ontario, at the Country Fair, three-year-old Colin Amey won Second Prize in the Annual Junior Talent Show, giving a heartfelt rendition of ‘Delta Dawn’. He continued to enter local and regional competitions, usually placing first, hands down.
After high school graduation, Colin began fronting many working bands, performing in nightclubs and at music festivals all across the province of Ontario. While developing as an artist, Colin shared the stage with some of Country music’s hottest acts at that time. Among these stars were, Shenandoah, Wade Hayes, Joe Diffie & Pirates of the Mississippi. There were also numerous Canadian stars that Colin opened shows for like George Fox, Jason McCoy, Farmer’s Daughter, The Wilkinsons, Jamie Warren, Jim Witter and Julian Austin. It was also during this time period that Colin began to develop his songwriting skills, and started preparing material for his first record.
When the family moved and settled back in Ontario, Colin began a stretch of singing demos and jingles in a small studio, then released his first single in 1988, a pop power ballad ‘Gonna Last Forever’, with a video to follow that received national airplay.
The stage was set, and he began writing material to record his first CD, released a few singles that received some airplay and started on his way to being hooked on song writing. Colin eventually teamed up with the legendary Barry Brown (formerly of Family Brown) to collaborate on his second album, gaining radio recognition with two singles that included the title track ‘What My Heart Don’t Know’ and ‘If I Didn’t Call It Love’. This radio awareness of his career garnered Colin two nominations that included Independent Male Artist and Rising Star at the Canadian Country Music Awards.
Looking for new direction, Colin moved into the Greater Toronto Area, and began collaborating with Thomas Wade, Jamie Warren and also with Brian Allen who co-penned the hit song for Heart, ‘What About Love.’ 2006 brought the release of his third album ‘Getaway’ produced by award winning producer, Rick Hutt, with credits for his work with Tom Cochrane, Northern Pikes, Gil Grande and Jamie Warren. Over time, Colin continued writing with good friend, Thomas Wade and sang on numerous demos and recording projects, which eventually led to the formation of “Wade Amey Wade.”
November 2011, they released the Christmas single, “I Can’t Wait for Christmas” and donated all download sales to the Sean Hogan’s Christmas Wish. In 2012, when Wade Amy Wade disbanded, Colin was free to pursue his solo career once again.
Currently, Colin Amey is in pre-production for the release of a 5 song EP, with the release of a single of the 80’s pop hit ‘Go For A Soda’, originally a Kim Mitchell Hit.
‘Go For a Soda’ has a refreshing new production and arrangement, with Colin Amey giving it his own sound and feel. This talented, charismatic artist is sure to garner attention.
Amey has released three studio albums which include 1998’s Colin Amey, 2000’s What My Heart Don’t Know and 2006’s Getaway. Two of Amey’s singles reached the Top 20 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada, “I Wish She Was Mine” and “What My Heart Don’t Know