Americana singer/songwriter Amy Speace will release her fifth studio album, How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat, on April 16. In advance of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first look at the premiere of the video for "The Sea And The Shore," a tender duet featuring GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter John Fullbright.
"I will forever be grateful to my good friend John Fullbright for braving the 15 degree weather with me on that spring morning in Nashville near Radnor Lake, the closest we could get to the sea on an indie budget," says Speace. "Also, I was so happy to discover the Nashville Puppet Theater in putting together this video. Once we found the blue-eyed puppet we knew we had our leading man."
Though she began her career as an actress/director/playwright, Speace proved a late-blooming musical artist, picking up guitar at age 25 and composing her first song at age 28. She was discovered on the New York acoustic scene by GRAMMY winner Judy Collins, who has since recorded Speace's songs and toured with her. In 2002 Speace released her debut album, Fable, which Billboard described as "undeniably earnest and commercially accessible." Her sophomore effort, Songs For Bright Street, was released in 2006, with the album's 13 tracks earning favorable comparisons to GRAMMY winners such as Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss and Gretchen Wilson. Speace followed with 2009's The Killer In Me and 2011's Land Like A Bird.
Speace recorded How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat in Nashville with producer Neilson Hubbard. Featuring 11 songs, the album reflects themes of lost love throughout, with Speace drawing inspiration from the classic works of William Shakespeare. In addition to Fullbright, special guests include singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier and cellist Ben Sollee. The project was funded via a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Speace is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through September.