photo by Roman Sobus
Amy Hart was born and raised in the Chicago area. She began her musical journey at the age of 2 at the family piano. In high school she started playing guitar and starting bands. Her first performances included festivals and street fairs, in Chicago and grew into the vibrant blues club scene in the 80's. Her stage experience includes shows at Kingston Mines, opening for Koko Taylor, Playing B.L.U.E.S. with Junior Welles and James Cotton. Her early performances featured Harvey Mandel on Guitar, and included Chicagofest, Taste of Chicago and Two number one releases with WLUP FM 98 Chicago Rocks compilations which brought her to the attention of Producer John Ryan. (Santana, The Allman Brothers...)
Amy moved out to LA in the mid 80's, but what looked really promising became the start of her "me too" story... she still had some dues to pay, after recording "Too Cruel" on the Mercury Records Soundtrack to 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' ("I personally wasn't willing! But I don't judge anyone for anything they choose, it just did not suit me"). She moved around a bit after that playing clubs and shows in Lake Tahoe, New York, Chicago, and ended up in Nashville where she started her own label Painted Rock Records. in 2000 she released her first cd "Every Beat of My Heart".
She has written and produced several albums with three being released on Painted Rock Records. Her music is a blend of Americana, Country, Roots and Blues.
She has a daughter, Emily, from her first marriage to jazz bassist Brian Derek which ended in 1997. In 2001 they moved to Destin FL where she entertained for 10 years on the local scene. After Emily graduated high school Amy moved back to Nashville where she lives today.
She met acoustic bassist Wally Hoffmann at a jam at Kimbros in 2011 and they were married for eight years. They toured and recorded together releasing "Congratulations" and "Live At The Mayne Stage" which was recorded at the Mayne Stage in Chicago and aired on the live music show of the same name on PBS in 2014. Amy headlined the Himalayan Blues Fest with Sean Carney in 2012 which inspired her single "Blues at The Top Of The World" featured on Siruis XM, The Charley West Blues Fest and the Lancaster Roots and Blues Fest in 2015. Wally and Amy traveled and worked with a band and as a duo. Wally passed away in Jan 2018 after battling lung cancer.
Today Amy Hart is writing, performing and getting ready to record another album.
She would like to thank everyone for their support and kindness during the past few years. Especially Cara Lippmann of Nashville, the hostess of the Blues Jam at Music City Bar and Grill. "She put me back on stage, and gave me her bass player and drummer for some gigs too. What a PEACH! And man.. THAT Girl can really throw it down!!" She would also like to thank Edmo and Gwen Lanier who she hadn't seen in 10 years, and they both gave her warm hugs and welcomed her back to the blues jam at Funky Blues Shack in Destin this year. "Love you guys!" Everybody loves the blues ;)