WRITER OF THE WEEK: Amy Speace

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At American Songwriter, we get swept up in our daily tasks, pulling together and putting out an issue every two months, and training interns. So it’s nice when a songwriter can come up the side stairs and break up the routine by playing us a couple songs.


At American Songwriter, we get swept up in our daily tasks, pulling together and putting out an issue every two months, and training interns. So it’s nice when a songwriter can come up the side stairs and break up the routine by playing us a couple songs. In fact, after Amy Speace visited us last week, we think it should be mandatory for us to invite a songwriter up every week. We’ll let you know how that turns out.

Last week, Amy Speace did just that. As she tuned her Gibson, the Jersey City songstress chatted with us about Shakespeare, “I guess my favorite stock character would be the ‘fool,’ because even though no one necessarily believes or understands them, they’re telling the truth.”

Speace is no fool when it comes to writing songs. She is an actress, playwright and poet by trade–working in the National Shakespeare Company and in New York City–which is apparent in her heart wrenching delivery of songs of her new album, The Killer In Me.

After playing the title track, she continued warming up our office with her smile and charm. The song is deeply introspective, at times bleak, but the hooks ache so good. And her next song choice, “Haven’t Learned a Thing,” reminded everyone in the room of the continuous struggle to improve our lives and, especially, the relationships most important to us. It was pretty heavy fare for before noon, yet somehow, by the time Amy’s finished playing, everything settled just right.

The Killer In Me is out June 30. Visit Amy’s profile at American Songspace to hear some of her songs and learn more!


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