Amy Jane Studt is an English singer and musician. Growing up in a musical family, with her father a violinist and conductor who had toured with Roy Orbison, her mother a pianist. Studt began writing music at the age of 6, teaching herself piano and oboe. At 12 years old she contracted the rare bone disease osteomyelitis in her hip, leaving her bedridden. Studt used this time to hone her craft, two years with the advice of her dad, she recorded her first 2 demo albums which would go on to get her signed to Polydor. Studt released her first single "Just a Little Girl" in July 2002, it was followed a year by "Misfit", which came to be her highest charting single in the UK at Number 6. The same month her debut album. Late 2003 and early 2004 two more singles were released, "Under the Thumb" and "All I Wanna Do" but only to diminishing sales that caused Polydor to drop Studt in February 2004 all before her 18th birthday. From until the end of 2006, Studt stayed out of the public eye, but in 2007 it was announced that she was working on a new album, now with the Indie label 19 Entertainment.
She released her first single Furniture followed by Chasing the Light and the album, My Paper Made Men, was issued on 5 May 2008 In early 2009 Amy moved to New York City and on her return began building a recording studio and continued writing and recording. She went quiet from 2009 till 2017 after suffering a nervous breakdown at only 22 years old and being diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar and a non-associative anxiety disorder along with other physical illnesses that plagued her 20s. After three hospitalisations and recovery from addiction she wrote about her experiences with suffering and heartbreak. “..but survival and hope.” Which she explains she put into her songwriting for her soon to come 3rd album. In 2017 Studt announced she had been working with Toby Kid from Hatcham Social and released two teaser songs from her soon to come third album,'I Was Jesus In Your Veins' and'Different Colour Pills'. Studt was born in London. Growing up in Bournemouth, she started teaching herself piano and learning the oboe.
Studt's father is a violinist and a conductor who has worked with Roy Orbison, Shirley Bassey and The Beatles to name a few, either touring or recording and has played on countless films while her mother is a pianist. In the 1800s the Studt family brought over from Denmark one of the first steam run, travelling funfairs, The Studt Funfair, to the UK which included music, rides, a freak show, a circus with lion tamers and were they were and still are a regarded showmen family. Amy's father Richard started playing violin at the age of 4 and rejected the family's funfair business and chose a life of music, meeting Amy's mother Delia at The Royal Academy Of Music and going on to lead The London Symphony Orchestra. Amy found it hard fitting in at school. Struggling with depression, self-harm and being bullied she was rebellious and attended 6 different schools before at the age of 15 dropping out of school to pursue her music. At 13 Amy attended Bryanston School, Dorset on a 50% music scholarship by which time Studt had written 42 songs.
Her father suggested she record some in a local studio and she laid them all down live to tape. She gave or sold the finished CD to various friends, one found its way to Simon Fuller who signed her the same year to both his own 19 Management and to Sony BMG publishing. In 2001 she was signed to Polydor Records and Universal Records aged fifteen and delivered to them her debut album the same year. In July 2002, Studt released her first single, "Just a Little Girl." Her debut entered the UK charts at No. 14. In June 2003 Studt released her second single "Misfit". Misfit made it to a chart position of No. 6 in the UK. Alongside the success of "Misfit" was the release of Studt's debut album False Smiles, which entered the chart at No. 24 and climbed to its peak position of No.18 going Gold in the UK and selling over 260,000 copies. September 2003 saw the release of the third cut from the album, "Under the Thumb"; the song became entering at No. 10, which helped push the album to a peak of No. 18. False Smiles was re-released at the beginning of 2004 adding one new track, a cover of the Sheryl Crow classic, "All I Wanna Do" on request of Sheryl Crow herself who sung the backing vocals.
The single peaked at No. 21 and subsequently, Studt was dropped from her record label Polydor. In early 2006, after some time away from the public eye, Studt signed onto the 19 Entertainment indie label, she toured with Razorlight under the alias Jane Wails. in order to stay out of the limelight and overcome stage fright. Furniture, a single taken from the album My Paper Made Men was released on 3 December 2007, she worked on the title song'My Paper Made Man' with Imogen Heap collaborator Guy Sigsworth and her new songs received rave reviews, which suggested that listeners should "ignore any dim memories of her midteens pop phase a while ago.""Chasing the Light" was the next single and was released on 28 April 2008. The album My Paper Made Men was released as a digital download on 5 May 2008 and physically on 2 March 2009, along with the third single from the album, "Nice Boys", it was made public in April that she was dropped by her record label and Studt chose to leave her management shortly after.
In 2017 Amy Studt took part in a panel at AIM'S Indie-Co
Just a Little Girl
"Just a Little Girl" is the debut single from English singer/songwriter Amy Studt. Released on 1 July 2002, the single reached a peak of #14 in the UK Singles Chart, it is taken from Amy's debut album, False Smiles, released a year later. The song was used in a UPN TV spot for an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it is included on Now 52 in the UK. The melody in the verses bears a strong resemblance to that in the Emilia song Big Big World. "Just a Little Girl" "Going out of My Mind" "Kick Me" "Just a Little Girl" The music video was directed by Sophie Muller, shows Studt in an old house with crucifixes on the wall playing a piano while silhouettes of people are dancing on the dancefloor. She gets up and dances herself when the first chorus kicks in. Studt is shown at a beach with a man and she is playing with him, he looks away and she pushes him over. She appears to be in a glass coffin like that of Snow White, she falls down into the arms of another Amy, who throws her away and dances until the end of the song.
The song stayed on the top seventy-five for six weeks. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music; the term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, seen to be descended from punk rock. Alternative rock broadly consists of music that differs in terms of its sound, social context and regional roots. By the end of the 1980s, magazines and zines, college radio airplay, word of mouth had increased the prominence and highlighted the diversity of alternative rock, helping to define a number of distinct styles such as noise pop, indie rock and shoegaze.
Most of these subgenres had achieved minor mainstream notice and a few bands representing them, such as Hüsker Dü and R. E. M. had signed to major labels. But most alternative bands' commercial success was limited in comparison to other genres of rock and pop music at the time, most acts remained signed to independent labels and received little attention from mainstream radio, television, or newspapers. With the breakthrough of Nirvana and the popularity of the grunge and Britpop movements in the 1990s, alternative rock entered the musical mainstream and many alternative bands became successful. In the past, popular music tastes were dictated by music executives within large entertainment corporations. Record companies signed contracts with those entertainers who were thought to become the most popular, therefore who could generate the most sales; these bands were able to record their songs in expensive studios, their works sold through record store chains that were owned by the entertainment corporations.
The record companies worked with radio and television companies to get the most exposure for their artists. The people making the decisions were business people dealing with music as a product, those bands who were not making the expected sales figures were excluded from this system. Before the term alternative rock came into common usage around 1990, the sort of music to which it refers was known by a variety of terms. In 1979, Terry Tolkin used the term Alternative Music to describe the groups. In 1979 Dallas radio station KZEW had a late night new wave show entitled "Rock and Roll Alternative". "College rock" was used in the United States to describe the music during the 1980s due to its links to the college radio circuit and the tastes of college students. In the United Kingdom, dozens of small do it yourself record labels emerged as a result of the punk subculture. According to the founder of one of these labels, Cherry Red, NME and Sounds magazines published charts based on small record stores called "Alternative Charts".
The first national chart based on distribution called the Indie Chart was published in January 1980. At the time, the term indie was used to describe independently distributed records. By 1985, indie' had come to mean a particular genre, or group of subgenres, rather than distribution status; the use of the term alternative to describe rock music originated around the mid-1980s. Individuals who worked as DJs and promoters during the 1980s claim the term originates from American FM radio of the 1970s, which served as a progressive alternative to top 40 radio formats by featuring longer songs and giving DJs more freedom in song selection. According to one former DJ and promoter, "Somehow this term'alternative' got rediscovered and heisted by college radio people during the 80s who applied it to new post-punk, indie, or underground-whatever music". At first the term referred to intentionally non–mainstream rock acts that were not influenced by "heavy metal ballads, rarefied new wave" and "high-energy dance anthems".
Usage of the term would broaden to include new wave, punk rock, post-punk, "college"/"indie" rock, all found on the American "commercial alternative" radio stations of the time such as Los Angeles' KROQ-FM. Journalist Jim Gerr wrote that Alternative encompassed variants such as "rap, trash and industrial". In December 1991, Spin magazine noted: "this year, for the first time, it became resoundingly clear that what has been considered alternative rock – a college-centered marketing group with lucrative, if limited, potential- has in fact moved into the mainstream"; the bill of the first Lollapalooza, an itinerant festival in North America conceived by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, reunited "disparate elements of the alternative rock community" including Henry Rollins, Butthole Surfers, Ice-T, Nine Inch Nails and the Banshees and Jane's Addiction. That same year, Farrell coined the term Alternative Nation. In the late 1990s, the definition again became more specific. In 1997, Neil Strauss of The New York Times defined alternative rock as "hard-edged rock distinguished by brittle,'70s-inspired guitar riffing and singers agonizing over their problems until they take on epic proportions".
Defining music as alt
An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have focused on CD and MP3 formats; the audio cassette was a format used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s. An album may be recorded in a recording studio, in a concert venue, at home, in the field, or a mix of places; the time frame for recording an album varies between a few hours to several years. This process requires several takes with different parts recorded separately, brought or "mixed" together. Recordings that are done in one take without overdubbing are termed "live" when done in a studio. Studios are built to absorb sound, eliminating reverberation, so as to assist in mixing different takes. Recordings, including live, may contain sound effects, voice adjustments, etc..
With modern recording technology, musicians can be recorded in separate rooms or at separate times while listening to the other parts using headphones. Album covers and liner notes are used, sometimes additional information is provided, such as analysis of the recording, lyrics or librettos; the term "album" was applied to a collection of various items housed in a book format. In musical usage the word was used for collections of short pieces of printed music from the early nineteenth century. Collections of related 78rpm records were bundled in book-like albums; when long-playing records were introduced, a collection of pieces on a single record was called an album. An album, in ancient Rome, was a board chalked or painted white, on which decrees and other public notices were inscribed in black, it was from this that in medieval and modern times album came to denote a book of blank pages in which verses, sketches and the like are collected. Which in turn led to the modern meaning of an album as a collection of audio recordings issued as a single item.
In the early nineteenth century "album" was used in the titles of some classical music sets, such as Schumann's Album for the Young Opus 68, a set of 43 short pieces. When 78rpm records came out, the popular 10-inch disc could only hold about three minutes of sound per side, so all popular recordings were limited to around three minutes in length. Classical-music and spoken-word items were released on the longer 12-inch 78s, about 4–5 minutes per side. For example, in 1924, George Gershwin recorded a drastically shortened version of the seventeen-minute Rhapsody in Blue with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, it ran for 8m 59s. Deutsche Grammophon had produced an album for its complete recording of the opera Carmen in 1908. German record company Odeon released the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky in 1909 on 4 double-sided discs in a specially designed package; this practice of issuing albums does not seem to have been taken up by other record companies for many years. By about 1910, bound collections of empty sleeves with a paperboard or leather cover, similar to a photograph album, were sold as record albums that customers could use to store their records.
These albums came in both 12-inch sizes. The covers of these bound books were wider and taller than the records inside, allowing the record album to be placed on a shelf upright, like a book, suspending the fragile records above the shelf and protecting them. In the 1930s, record companies began issuing collections of 78 rpm records by one performer or of one type of music in specially assembled albums with artwork on the front cover and liner notes on the back or inside cover. Most albums included three or four records, with two sides each, making six or eight compositions per album; the 12-inch LP record, or 33 1⁄3 rpm microgroove vinyl record, is a gramophone record format introduced by Columbia Records in 1948. A single LP record had the same or similar number of tunes as a typical album of 78s, it was adopted by the record industry as a standard format for the "album". Apart from minor refinements and the important addition of stereophonic sound capability, it has remained the standard format for vinyl albums.
The term "album" was extended to other recording media such as Compact audio cassette, compact disc, MiniDisc, digital albums, as they were introduced. As part of a trend of shifting sales in the music industry, some observers feel that the early 21st century experienced the death of the album. While an album may contain as many or as few tracks as required, in the United States, The Recording Academy's rules for Grammy Awards state that an album must comprise a minimum total playing time of 15 minutes with at least five distinct tracks or a minimum total playing time of 30 minutes with no minimum track requirement. In the United Kingdom, the criteria for the UK Albums Chart is that a recording counts as an "album" i
"Furniture" is a song by Amy Studt, released as a digital download single on December 3, 2007. It is Studt's first single released on the 19 Entertainment record label, it is taken from her forthcoming album My Paper Made Men. This was therefore unable to chart on the UK Singles Chart. Furniture is about a woman becoming an ornament to her partner. “There comes a point where you’re together, but you may as well not have been there,” Studt explains. “You have your uses – you cook, you clean and someone has sex with you – and you just become part of the furniture.” "Furniture" - 3:40 "Sad, Sad World" - 4:28 There are two official music videos. The first one is a simple one of Studt wet and is shown with make-up running down her face in a bathroom; the second one shows Studt in a picture frame. The picture seems to be floating in the air for the whole song with cuts of various other pictures in the video through an old house; the first music video has been viewed over 38,000 times on YouTube, the animated one has been seen over 18,000 times
Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock and blues, she has released ten studio albums, four compilations, two live albums, has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. Her songs include "All I Wanna Do", "If It Makes You Happy", "My Favorite Mistake" and the theme song for the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, she has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Crow has garnered nine Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In addition to her own work, Crow has performed with the Dixie Chicks, Emmylou Harris, the Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Steve Earle, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, John Mellencamp, B. B. King, George Strait, Tony Bennett, Kid Rock, Vince Gill, Albert Lee and Zucchero Fornaciari, among others, she has performed backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Neal Schon.
As an actress, Crow has appeared on various television shows including 30 Rock, Cop Rock, GCB, Cougar Town, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, as well as One Tree Hill. Sheryl Suzanne Crow was born in Kennett, the daughter of Bernice, a piano teacher, Wendell Wyatt Crow, a lawyer and trumpet player, her great-grandfather was congressman Charles A. Crow, she has two older sisters named Kathy and Karen, a younger brother named Steven. While studying at Kennett High School, Crow was a majorette and an all-state track athlete, medaling in the 75-meter low hurdles, she joined the'pep club', the National Honor Society, the National FFA Organization, was crowned Paperdoll Queen in a celebrity-judged beauty contest during her senior year. She enrolled at the University of Missouri in Columbia and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition and education from the School of Music. While at the university, she sang in the local band Cashmere, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, the Omicron Delta Kappa Society as well as working as a'Summer Welcome' orientation leader.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, Crow worked as a music teacher at Kellison Elementary School in Fenton, Missouri. Teaching during the day gave her the opportunity to sing in bands on the weekends, she was introduced to local musician and record producer Jay Oliver. He had a studio in the basement of his parents' home in St. Louis and helped her by using her in advertising jingles, her first jingle was a'back to school' spot for the St Louis department store Famous-Barr. Soon after she sang in commercial jingles for McDonald's and Toyota, she was quoted in a 60 Minutes segment as saying. Crow toured with Michael Jackson as a backing vocalist during his Bad tour 1987–1989, performed with Jackson on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", she recorded background vocals for Stevie Wonder, Belinda Carlisle and Don Henley. In 1989, Crow contributed backing vocals to the Neal Schon track "Smoke of the Revolution" from his album Late Nite. Crow sang in the short-lived Steven Bochco drama Cop Rock in 1990 and her song "Heal Somebody" appeared in the film Bright Angel.
In 1991 her recording of "Welcome to the Real Life' featured on the soundtrack to the Brian Bosworth action film, Stone Cold. That year her performance of "Hundreds of Tears" was included in the Point Break soundtrack and she sang a duet with Kenny Loggins on the track "I Would Do Anything", from his album Leap of Faith. In 1992, Crow recorded her first attempt at a debut album with Sting's record producer Hugh Padgham; the self-titled debut album was due to be released on September 22, 1992, but Crow and her label mutually decided that the album did not merit release. Crow described it as "too produced" and "slick". However, a handful of cassette copies of the album were leaked, along with press folders for album publicity; this album has been dispersed via file sharing networks and fan trading. In the meantime, Crow's songs were recorded by major artists such as Celine Dion, Tina Turner and Wynonna Judd, she began dating Kevin Gilbert and joined him in an ad hoc group of musicians known to themselves as the "Tuesday Music Club."
Group members Gilbert, David Baerwald, David Ricketts, Bill Bottrell, Brian MacLeod, Dan Schwartz share songwriting credits with Crow on her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club. The group existed as a casual songwriting collective prior to its association with Crow but developed into a vehicle for her debut album after her arrival, her relationship with Gilbert became acrimonious soon after the album was released, disputes arose about songwriting credits. Crow appeared in the "New Faces" section of Rolling Stone in 1994. Tuesday Night Music Club featured many of the songs written by Crow's friends, including the second single, "Leaving Las Vegas"; the album was slow to garner attention, until "All I Wanna Do" became an unexpected smash hit in the fall of 1994. As she stated in People, she found an old poetry book in a used book store in the L. A. area and used a poem as lyrics in the song. The singles "Strong Enough" and "Can't Cry Anymore" were released, with the first song charting at No. 5 on Billboard and "Can't Cry Anymore" hitting the Top 40.
Tuesday Night Music Club went on to sell more than 7 million copies in the U. S. and U. K. during the 1990s. The album won Crow three Grammy Awards, in 1995: Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Perform