#009 - Amy Wadge


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Amy Wadge is a Grammy-winning English singer and songwriter. She has co-written with numerous artists including Janelle Monáe, James Blunt, Labrinth, Niall Horan, Dua Lipa and Jessie Ware, to name just a few. She is best known for her long standing writing partnership with Ed Sheeran, most notably on the US and UK number one ‘Thinking Out Loud’, from the triple Grammy-nominated album ‘X’.

Born on the 22 December 1975 in Backwell, a small village outside Bristol, Amy grew up listening to Elton John, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. On her 11th birthday she was given a guitar and taught herself to play Tracy Chapman’s debut album, starting a lifelong affinity for the guitar and creating music. Whilst at school she started gigging in and around Bristol and got signed to a record label aged just 14.

Having moved from her hometown of Bristol to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Amy quickly became part of the dynamic Welsh music scene. She twice won the award for Best Female Artist at the Welsh Music Awards, ahead of Charlotte Church and Cerys Matthews respectively.

Amy has toured the length and breadth of the UK, across Europe, in the US and Down Under, releasing five solo albums, various EPs and three collaborative albums with other artists along the way.

Her biggest success has come from her long term writing partnership with Ed Sheeran, who she’s known since he was 17. Together they co-wrote his early EP, ‘Songs I Wrote With Amy’ and a number of other songs including, Gold Rush, which

featured on the deluxe edition of Ed's, multi-million selling, debut album, +, (Plus).

Their biggest song written together is without a doubt ‘Thinking Out Loud’, the third single from Ed’s second album, the triple

Grammy nominated, X, (pronounced Multiply). The track went platinum in November 2014 after weeks at No.1 in the UK

chart. In June 2015, it became the first track ever in the history of the UK Charts to remain in the top 40 for a whole year. In February 2016, Thinking Out Loud won two Grammys at the 58th Recording Academy Awards Ceremony, for ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’.

To date, it has sold over twelve million copies worldwide, has been viewed 1.25 billion time on YouTube and streamed over a billion times on Spotify.

The music for the podcast is Twiggy's version of "Waterloo Sunset" by the Kinks and can be found on Apple Music at this link https://music.apple.com/gb/album/romantically-yours/693460953

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