“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) 23 good songs. I’ve recorded 4 of them in the Studio in England as my debut Ep “Freedom” in 2016 and then worked with Tom Stennett for the second Ep, which is titled “Back Home”. We played a lot of gigs over a two year period and our biggest achievement was probably playing at the Umsonst und Draussen festival in Würzburg. It was the first time we’d played to such a large crowd and it was so much fun – barring a few technical hiccups!
Since 2022, me and Tom went our separate ways, both of us moving to different towns due to work. I have since played around 20 gigs the last year on my own, but that is all to change in 2023, now that I have found my dream band! You can find out more about them in the above link “Meet the Band!”
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.