We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Jack and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Merle Haggard was the biggest draw to the industry for me. He is the greatest country music artist of all time according to Rolling Stone, Billboard and millions of fans across the globe.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think and hope that my music is really original and refreshing. I hope it can be a source of comfort for people when life gets hard. In terms of my proudest moment, I’d have to say working with Merle Haggard and being seen and recognized by him. Kobe Bryant being in my “For The Love Of The Game” broadcast video feature on Fox Sports as well as getting my song played on ESPN and getting to perform in LA for the Olympic Committee.
Some of my best, favorite and most heralded songs were born in LA and I was inspired by the whole atmosphere there for both of these songs. The happy go – lucky energy, cheerful disposition and eternal optimism are what inspire me the most. People go there from across the US and the entire world to make art . “LA’s Calling My Name” is about how LA calls the names of some of the most creative souls in America. LA will soon be calling the name of the greatest athletes in the world for the 2028 summer olympics. “Stay Breezy Baby” is about that magnetizing orange sunset, beautiful palm trees and indomitable spirit of the pacific ocean.
Like all artists, I have faced and continue to face challenges in my career – feeling like you aren’t getting the recognition you deserve, feeling frustrated and defeated when something doesn’t go how you plan etc. It’s so important to hold fast to what is good … this will save you much heartache. Remember that rejection is an artist’s biggest obstacle and we all face it. Anyone doing any work faces rejection. Listen to your inner voice and inner song as your guide to keep going and doing what you love.
I’ve had to persevere through wind and rain like my song “For The Love of The Game” illustrates. I’m sure other artists can relate to sometimes being tempted to take the easy road by doing something that’s not art. I’ve had times in my life where I have thought about going and doing something there is more demand for, like selling insurance or working a job that provides more stability, but my passion for music drives me to keep making art.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are many. I like to do the touristy things like going to the Grammy Museum, Staples Center etc. because those are fun but I also like toId like to go things like horseback riding, going see the whales at Dana Point, exploring Santa Monica in the evening, venturing outside the city to site see the little farms and horse races… There are endless activities.
Food wise, I would want to go to Nobu in Malibu, BOA Steakhouse on Sunset Blvd, and Mel’s Diner also on Sunset. Sometimes it’s also the little things that are the most memorable like getting the little fruit cups on Hollywood Blvd that have chili and lime seasoning and exploring the more local and less touristy areas of the city because those are the communities that are really the heart beat of LA and are what make it “The City of Angels.”
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother was a music teacher who performed on stage with the Metropolitan Opera. She sang to me during her pregnancy and taught me music from a young age. My grandma started teaching me piano at age 5, so I had two parental figures who influenced my love for music greatly. I also owe so much to my music teachers throughout my education, the radio advertisers I worked with at iHeartMedia who trusted my beliefs in the power of music, my sales managers and Merle Haggard for being my north star in life. There’s so many people to mention.
Courtesy of Amy Jack