Rising star Amy Wilcox was born in Virginia, attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville (where she also played soccer), and found some of her earliest support in Music City. But part of her musical upbringing has its roots in the West Coast, particularly the classic folk/rock spawned in Los Angeles.
“When I was growing up,” she explains, “my dad was a big fan of Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Poco and the Flying Burrito Brothers. That’s what I listened to and that has been the major influence on my life and my music.”
Not totally surprising, Wilcox now calls Los Angeles home. What’s more, her new LP, released March 15th, is titled “West,” partly inspired by her new creative direction as well as her permanent digs. She wrote or co-wrote all six of the EP’s selections, led by her recent single, “Fortune Teller.” The song’s jangly arrangement and breezy melody would draw favorable comparisons to Sheryl Crow or even Linda Ronstadt. Plus, as often stated in the movies, it’s based on a true-life incident. Wilcox actually visited a fortune teller while in Washington, D.C., at a time when life and career were both going a bit off the rails. Her engagement had been called off and she became unsure of her future plans.
“I had absolutely never been to a fortune teller before,” Wilcox begins, letting go a laugh. “I was raised very strict where we would not believe in things like that. But I was coming to a crossroads in my career and my love life. I heard about this lady in D.C. who was said to be life-changing.” With an apparent what-have-I-got-to-lose approach, Wilcox walked in and was immediately struck by the teller’s first reaction. “She said, ‘You have this creative energy.’ She told me that I needed to focus on that,” Wilcox recalls. “I think it was important for me to hear that. I need to keep pounding through that tough time.”
Wilcox has also filmed a video for “Fortune Teller,” but no word on whether the real-life subject has seen it yet. “I have not been back,” Wilcox explains, “so I really don’t know. I’m not even sure she has heard the song.”
Fans will definitely be hearing “Fortune Teller,” along with other tunes on the EP like “The Runnin’” and “Jailbird,” as she heads out on tour. Wilcox recently played the prestigious SXSW Festival in Austin in 2019 and plans to add more dates to the schedule. “I have some shows on the West Coast,” she says, “and I’ll be doing some fairs and festivals this year.”
With “West,” Wilcox feels that she has finally found her creative voice. “I’ve had several incarnations of myself as a writer,” she notes. “All the songs on the EP had pretty clear ideals and I’m looking forward to sharing them.”
Here are a couple fun facts about Amy:
She appeared on the 2014 A&E reality TV show “Crazy Hearts: Nashville” as one of the principal characters. The series followed seven Music City hopefuls as they chased their dreams of music stardom and went about their everyday lives. However, the show was canceled barely two months after its debut.
Getting Her Kicks
Amy can also say that she played a collegiate sport, as a member of the soccer team at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. But going pro wasn’t her goal. “I always loved music,” she says. “I enjoyed playing soccer but that always took a back seat to music.” She knew that the artist life was her calling after just one evening in Nashville. “I went to the Wildhorse Saloon on my first night in Nashville, and I was totally blown away by the acts there,” Wilcox recalls. “They were so good and were working their tails off.”
Now, it looks like Amy’s hard work is about to pay off in a big way.
“West” is available now. For more on Wilcox, visit her website and follow her on social media.