“Give me freedom, and the open road!” If you can sum up the songs of Ami Lyons in one line, it’s definitely this. The English singer-songwriter tells of a journey she has taken from her homeland via Scotland and New Zealand, through Würzburg to Nürnberg, and of the friendships, love and longing she has discovered along the way.
Hi I’m Ami, I’m British, 30 years old, living in Germany and I write songs about my life. I started playing guitar in 2013 when I moved to New Zealand. I have always loved music – my family are all musical and I’ve been brought up listening to all styles of music. I learnt Piano when I was at school (I really wanted to learn drums!!).
My dad was in a Blues Brothers band and I always loved going to his gigs. I could see the enjoyment on peoples’ faces, friends all coming together and people of all ages would dance together. It was just always great fun and thats what I want to be able to replicate when I’m performing.
I’ve found writing songs expresses my emotions and feelings better than I can in normal day to day life. It’s sometimes quite a release, to be able to say what I’m thinking without just blurting out whats going through my mind. I was never very good at formulating sentences – my sister would always beat me in arguments, because she’s so much better with words than I am and so writing songs helps me think about what I actually want to say and construct it in a much better form.
Till now, I have written (what I’d say are) 17 good songs. I’ve recorded 4 of them in the Studio in England as my debut Ep “Freedom” in 2016 and now I’m working with Tom for the second Ep (our first Ep together) which is titled “Back Home”. We’ve played a lot of gigs over the last two years that we’ve known each other and our biggest achievement to date is probably playing at the Umsonst und Draussen festival in Würzburg. It’s the first time we’d played to such a large crowd and it was so much fun – barring a few technical hiccups!
When I’m not working on my music, I work full time as an ambulance driver in Germany. That includes all types of shift patterns, so when I’m not at work, I’m either playing music or chilling with friends or watchin TV! I do enjoy the occasional climb every once in a while when I have spare time.
Dave Lyons (AKA Papa Lyons) has been my no.1 influence in Music. He is our Bass player and even though he lives in England, he manages to keep up-to-date with the newest songs and always brings his A-game.
He’s been playing Bass since 1972 (48years) and has played in 8 bands in his lifetime. But now plays exclusively for me.