Oct 18, 2021
By Jordan Chakravarty
Coming up this week on Finding Your Bliss, we have a Canadian music industry power couple, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan.
Born in Toronto, Amy Sky is an award-winning Singer/Songwriter with 13 solo CDs to her credit. As an artist, Amy is one of the most familiar voices on Canadian Radio. Her hit songs, which include some of Judy’s all time favourites are: “I Will Take Care Of You”, “Ordinary Miracles” and “Love,Pain and the Whole Damn Thing”, have lit up radio station switchboards practically since the moment they were released. Fans at Amy’s live shows not only revel in her powerful voice and ‘feel-good’ music, but everyone comes together to celebrate everyday life, it’s losses and victories.
A prolific and multi-talented artist, Amy has written for herself and for dozens of other international recording stars such as Anne Murray, Aaron Neville, Cliff Richard, Reba McEntire, Diana Ross, Belinda Carlisle, Heart, Melissa Manchester, Crystal Gayle, Jann Arden and Roch Voisine, just to name a few. She is the winner of three SOCAN awards, and an American Songwriting Award. Amy has also been nominated for three Juno Awards (Best New Artist and twice for Best Songwriter) and East Coast, West Coast, and Canadian Independent Music Awards.
Amy has been recognized for her work as a mental health advocate. In 2006, she was awarded the CAMH Courage to Come Back award, and in 2009, she was honored with the Mood Disorders Association Hero/Inspiration Award, for her commitment to helping remove the stigma from mental health issues.
In October 2021, Theatre Aqauriaus in Hamilton will present Amy Sky, Steven MacKinnon, Annabel Fitzsimmons, and a stellar cast in the first glimpse of their magical new musical, The Hereafter. The Hereafter follows Charlie, a young composer on the brink of her career breakthrough, as she struggles to move on after the loss of her husband.
2016 saw the release of two new CDs: “Twilight Rose” a collection of original Hebrew spiritual world music, and Liv On, a collaboration with Olivia Newton-John and Beth Nielsen Chapman of songs to support those seeking healing from loss.
Amy songs have appeared in many TV shows and movies including Degrassi Junior High-The Movie, Baywatch, The Firm, The Theme song for “Wild Card”, The Theme song for “Top Million Dollar Agent,” Dawson’s Creek, the movie “Score”, and Deepak Chopra’s “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success”. Amy lives in Toronto with her husband, singer–songwriter Marc Jordan.
Also on the program is prolific and multi-talented Singer/Songwriter Marc Jordan. Marc who was born in Brooklyn NY, is the son of singer Charles Jordan and he grew up in Toronto Canada. In 1978, Marc was signed to Warner Music in Burbank California by Steely Dan Producer Gary Katz and signed as a staff writer for Irving Almo publishing, Geffen Publishing, and Warner Chappell Music in Hollywood.
Jordan spent 16 years in LA writing songs for and with Diana Ross, Chicago, Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Amanda Marshall, Amy Sky, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Roch Voisine, The Canadian Tenors, Shawn Colvin, Olivia Newton-John, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban, Cher and Rod Stewart, just to name a few, including the world wide #1 hit Rhythm Of My Heart.
Jordan has won numerous ASCAP, Juno, Socan and Smooth Jazz awards over the years. His songs have been on 35 million CD’s and he has recorded 14 CD’s of his own material on various labels including Warner Bros., Atlantic. RCA, and Blue Note.
Jordan has numerous film credits, and is the chair of the songwriting department at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre. Marc starred opposite Olivia Newton John in the film SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL, which opened the Toronto Film Festival.
Jordan still often writes with Rod Stewart, and is on the advisory board of Humber College Jazz dept. Also in November, Rod Stewart will release his new album ‘Tears of Hercules’ containing Marc’s composition as the title track.
Marc continues to tour himself and will be doing so with the Canadian writer’s group Lunch At Allens. Marc’s 15th solo album “Both n Sides”, an album of jazz and R&B standards recorded with orchestra, came out in 2019.
HE SANG SHE SANG
He Sang. She Sang, is the first duo album from Marc Jordan and Amy Sky. The new original material on this album (primarily from Sky) explores matters of the heart in insightful and compelling ways. All of the songs are given vibrant life here via performance in a duets format by two masterful vocalists. And Marc Jordan, is well-schooled in the jazz vocal tradition, is a virtuoso of phrasing, and he brings life to the lyrics in a subtly understated fashion. Amy Sky possesses a rich and mellow alto voice, and one brimming with emotional expressiveness. And on the album “He Sang, She Sang”, the pair trade lines effortlessly, and then bring those voices together in perfect harmony. The results are enchanting.
Add in the impeccable musical contributions of A-list session players in both Nashville and Toronto, and you get an album of wide and timeless appeal. This album will be released from Linus entertainment in early 2022.
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