In the small town of Marmora, Ontario, at the Country Fair, three-year-old Colin Amey won Second Prize in the Annual Junior Talent Show. That was thirty years ago and just the beginning of what would become Colin’s life long passion for music. From there Colin would become the runaway favorite in almost every single talent contest that he participated in.
After spending many of his formative years up in the Yukon Territory, Colin’s mind was set to follow his dream and pursue a music career. The youngest of 3 boys, Colin spent most of his spare time listening to the radio in his bedroom and learning how to play guitar from his older brother, Kevin.
In 1987, the Amey family returned to Ontario. At the age of fifteen, through a mutual friend, Colin was introduced to a Trenton, Ontario based company called B&C Productions, and started singing on numerous studio demos, radio jingles and television advertisements. It wasn’t long before Colin became an accomplished session singer. This eventually led to the release of Colin’s first single, “Gonna Last Forever” in 1990, which scored a top twenty spot on the RPM chart in Canada.
After high school graduation, Colin began fronting many working bands, performing in nightclubs and at music festivals all across the province of Ontario. While developing as an artist, Colin shared the stage with some of Country music’s hottest acts at that time. Among these stars were, Shenandoah, Wade Hayes, Joe Diffie & Pirates of the Mississippi. There were also numerous Canadian stars that Colin opened shows for like George Fox, Jason McCoy, Farmer’s Daughter, The Wilkinsons, Jamie Warren, Jim Witter and Julian Austin. It was also during this time period that Colin began to develop his songwriting skills, and started preparing material for his first record.
In 1998, Colin recorded and released his self-titled debut CD, which was comprised of all of his own material. From there, he became no stranger to country radio. With 3 top twenty singles and a video on CMT, it came as no surprise that Colin was nominated for Best New Male Artist at the RPM Big Country Awards Show later that year.
While living in Ottawa in the late 1990s, Colin eventually teamed up with Canadian songwriter Barry Brown, and began writing material for his second record, “What My Heart Don’t Know” which earned him a CCMA nomination for Independent Male Artist in 2000. This record-spawned 3 hit singles and led to more CMT exposure with videos for the title track, and “If I Didn’t Call It Love” which received medium to heavy rotation on CMT. With the success of this record, Colin took the honors of winning the “Rising Star Award” at the Ontario Country Performers and Fan Association Award Ceremonies.
Now living in the Greater Toronto Area, Colin has spent the last few years balancing a busy tour schedule and co-writing with many talented songwriters like Thomas Wade, Jamie Warren, Brian Allen and Cyril Rawson. In recent years, Colin has also made trips to Nashville to maintain relationships with fellow Canadian songwriters, Tim Taylor and Larry Wayne Clark.
His third album 'Getaway' in 2005 was produced by Rick Hutt at Cedartree Studios in Kitchener, Ontario featuring the single “You Don’t See That Everyday” and the title track.
Gonna Last Forever
You Don't See That Everyday (Royalty)
Colin Amey (Royalty)
What My Heart Don't Know (Royalty)
Official Colin Amey Website
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