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Amilia K Spicer

 

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more and more industry notice.

A native of Pennsylvania, Spicer grew up singing in church choirs and steeping herself in the rich visual details of her rural American life: potluck suppers, somber church ushers with their carnation boutonnieres, singing with her family. As an adult, she moved to Los Angeles to become a film director, and though she's still passionate about making movies (and in the midst of a new project due out later this year), her career as musician is taking off at the same time.

Sometimes solo, sometimes with an ace band, Spicer is touring widely (she just got back from Germany). And you may already have heard Amilia K Spicer songs without even knowing it: they've been picked up by the TV shows Roswell, Party of Five, and Dawson's Creek and by other programs on HBO and Showtime. None of this is terribly surprising: her songs have a cinematic quality, a moody, sweet/surreal aura that gets under your skin in a nice way. The title track of Seamless is a perfect example: it starts out spare and simple and then swells and builds into something utterly compelling. Spicer has a low voice, tensile and elegant, that holds the reins as her song takes off in unexpected directions (what folks in Nashville sometimes refer to as "out-of-town chords") and then settles back down to do its work. "Seamless" won Song of the Year in the 2005 DIY Music Awards, which are sponsored by an organization that celebrates independent artists.

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