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Amy Banks

Amy Banks spent two decades performing as a professional singer, actress, and television personality. Originally from Minnesota, she has appeared on stage and screen all over the world, but calls Lancaster, Pennsylvania home after relocating there to perform at the American Music Theatre. Since then, she has self-published and produced five music CDs, of which her third CD, When the Sun Comes Out, reached Chartbound status at JazzWeek. Her latest, Amy Sings Aretha: A Motown Love Story is a cabaret-concert-dance party highlighting classic and current Motown-inspired songs. The album was funded by generous fan donations raised by a Kickstarter campaign, and recorded live to a sold-out house at The Ware Center, Millersville University, in Lancaster.

Amy's performing career began while living in Atlanta, Georgia where she first appeared in productions with the top stage companies including The Alliance Theater, Jomandi Productions and The Horizon Theater. For nearly a decade she performed cabaret-style shows with Robert Ray and through working with him, further honed her singing skills before moving to Orlando, Florida to work for Walt Disney World Company at the brand new Animal Kingdom theme park. She played both female roles in The Festival of the Lion King singing favorites from the Lion King movie including “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life”. While in Florida she began a year-long engagement singing jazz three nights a week with the Ed Connelly Trio at The Grosvenor Resort.

After a stint performing shows in her hometown(s) with Penumbra Theater and The Illusion Theater in Minneapolis, Amy moved to Lancaster and spent four seasons with American Music Theatre (AMT). While there, Amy nurtured her love for jazz in venues throughout Central PA – from Lancaster restaurants to the Harrisburg Hilton’s prestigious jazz room, The Bar. Other appearances include: The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Berks Jazz Festival; Jazz Night at the James A. Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA; Bucknell University; the "Jazz Upstairs at the Fulton Theatre" series; and The Pennsylvania Academy of Music, as well as various clubs, restaurants, and local churches. Later, Amy returned to Disney World to reprise her roles in the Festival of the Lion King before returning to AMT for a fifth season. Amy has also made a name for herself in Charleston, SC, where she has joined Brad and Jennifer Moranz in five different original productions at the Charleston Music Hall. In television, Amy made her hosting debut as a host-commentator on the reality TV shows "Design Invasion" (FOX) and "Bad Baths USA" (HGTV).

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Album Review

Amy Banks: When the Sun Comes Out

Read "When the Sun Comes Out" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Vocalist Amy Banks' third CD, When the Sun Comes Out, spun into a jukebox mode for me. Put a quarter in, play your favorite tune. Back in the early sixties, it was noted that people would play the same song over and over again on these “boxes," a phenomenon that greatly influenced pop/rock radio programming of the day. The same songs--the recents hot hits--could be heard two, sometimes three times an hour on your favorite station.My personal jukebox ...

Album Review

Amy Banks: When the Sun Comes Out

Read "When the Sun Comes Out" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Women jazz vocalists come from one of two styles or personae. One is that of vulnerability, the sense of innocence betrayed or wounded, the hurt that is always there even in joy. Billie Holiday, Irene Kral, and June Christie, however much they differ stylistically from one another, are examples of that genre. The other is of empowerment and fighting back. Anita O'Day, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, and Chris Connor embody such qualities. (It is not that they don't sing the ...

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