California native Amelia Blake combines folk/rock, singer/songwriter introspection and alternative country to form a sound that is all her own. The ninth of ten daughters, she’s been playing guitar and writing songs since childhood, heavily influenced by the standards of both her parents’ and grandparents’ musical eras, as well as the sixties’ folk sounds she... more
California native Amelia Blake combines folk/rock, singer/songwriter introspection and alternative country to form a sound that is all her own. The ninth of ten daughters, she’s been playing guitar and writing songs since childhood, heavily influenced by the standards of both her parents’ and grandparents’ musical eras, as well as the sixties’ folk sounds she learned at her older sisters’ feet. The granddaughter of a vaudeville musician and the daughter of a musician father and operatically trained mother, she absorbed the musical surroundings of her upbringing and it shows in her music.
During an hour or 90 minute show, you're as likely to hear a crooner from a classic musical as you are to hear songs from the Beatles or Cat Stevens mixed in with her originals. She refuses to be locked into any one genre, borrowing from country or jazz as the mood hits her.
Amelia’s voice has been described as reminiscent of Eva Cassidy, Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith, but her singing style harkens back to the golden age of movie musicals.
She has opened for some of Americana music’s finest performing songwriters, including Slaid Cleaves, Mike Graham and Chuck Pyle. The release of her first studio album, Old Horses, in 2003 opened new doors, one of which was the inclusion of her music on the nationally syndicated radio show, Laney Goodman’s Women In Music. Her songs have been cut by Shanna Crooks, Klancy Johnson, Shelby Downing and Stacy James.
In 2008, Amelia was one of only 19 songwriters chosen by Nashville writer Skip Ewing for a scholarship to attend his brainchild: songwriting retreat/workshop, “Horse & Writer“. 2008 was the first year that songwriters were chosen to attend for free based on their writing abilities, and Amelia was thrilled and honored to be included in the lineup.
For several years, Amelia performed in the virtual world Second Life as Carmel Daines, allowing her to win over fans throughout the world via live internet streaming shows.
Amelia married singer/songwriter Dan Garner in 2013; both were members of the acoustic trio Airheart, which featured Amelia, Dan and Paula O’Neal. The trio is an honorary member of the Louisiana Hayride, and Airheart's 2014 album, All Dressed Up, was on the ballot for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
These days, Amelia is based in northwest Louisiana, and works as a music therapist when she's not playing gigs live or online.
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