New Orleans based singer, songwriter and pianist, Amy Trail mixes thoughtful compositions with the beating heart of her band and tops it off with a searing vocal that is “by turns soulful, sensual and powerful” (Ben Rogers “Where Y’at” magazine).
Amy Trail's music, a roots influenced soul pop, creates a sound that's familiar yet innovative. Amy's songwriting is deeply rooted in 1970s and 80s influences such as Steely Dan, Bill Withers, Rickie Lee Jones and Prince. Her songs harken back to pop history while carving a path that is uniquely her own.
Amy's songwriting foundations started at an early age in the rural farming community of Jerome, Idaho. During her teen years she formed her first band, 5 Circling Mopeds. This fledgling effort would forever change the course of her path. During these years, Amy caught the writing bug and started what would be a lifelong devotion to songwriting and performing.
Eager to explore different musical avenues, Amy left the quiet, pastoral country of rural Idaho for the decidedly different world of the deep South. Amy was the first female to be offered the prestigious Basin Street Jazz scholarship at the University of New Orleans. This opportunity lead her to relocate to New Orleans where she now calls home.
After graduating with a Jazz Studies degree, Amy assumed a position at the oldest music club in New Orleans, Pat O'Brien's piano bar. On a nightly basis, Amy plays an all-request show that is comprised of over 100 years of pop, jazz, country and rock. The audience members can literally suggest any song ever written and the entertainers try to accommodate every request. She summarizes her position, "I'm the pit musician for a drunk opera".
More than a decade in this grueling but rewarding environment, has deeply enriched Amy's songwriting palette. Playing all the songs that have permanently entered the pop psyche have given Amy a unique advantage as a songwriter. Amy is able meld a wide array of songwriting styles, ideas and structures into her own compositions, while at the same time never neglecting the listener.
Amy is also a founding member of rising New Orleans roots vocal group, The Asylum Chorus. Formed in 2011, The Asylum Chorus is one of the few vocal groups in New Orleans. The group pulls their repertoire and influence from all of the great Americana musical forms: gospel, country, soul and pop.