Amy Wadge facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
Wadge at The Celtic Festival of Wales in 2010
|Birth name||Amy Victoria Wadge|
|Born||1975/1976 (age 47–48)|
Amy Victoria Wadge (born 1975/1976) is an English singer and songwriter. She has co-written tracks with Ed Sheeran, including "Thinking Out Loud" for which she won the 2016 Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
Wadge was born and brought up in Backwell, a small village just outside Bristol, England. Her father's passion for music influenced her enormously, and on the subject of her paternal influences she has said that she "grew up listening to early Elton John, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. That was the stuff I cut my teeth on and now I listen to everything you can possibly imagine from hip hop to country".
She began to write her own songs at the age of 9 on the family piano. When she was 11, her parents bought her her first guitar from a junk shop. It was when Wadge taught herself to play along to Tracy Chapman's debut album that she discovered her affinity for the guitar.
While still at school, Wadge regularly gigged around Bristol. At the age of 14, she signed her first record deal, along with her band Two uv a Mind. She released her first single at the age of 16.
Apart from writing songs for herself, Wadge has been active in collaborating with new performers in Britain, most notably Ed Sheeran. The two collaborated on a number of songs, and Sheeran titled his self-released 2010 EP Songs I Wrote with Amy. One track was included with the deluxe edition of Sheeran's album +. Wadge continued her collaborative relationship with Sheeran in 2014. The single "Thinking Out Loud", written on a guitar given to Sheeran, features on the album x.
Wadge has also written with Lewis Watson, with tracks "Halo" and "Sink or Swim" appearing on the album The Morning (All of the Songs). She has collaborated with Shannon Saunders, Anna Pancaldi and other notable artists. She wrote and performed the songs for the soundtrack of the BBC Wales series Keeping Faith in 2018, and for the second series, shown in 2019. Wadge also co-wrote Consequences, the third single from Camila Cabello's debut album Camila.
Also in 2019, Amy wrote three tracks ( ‘Older’, ‘Bad For Loving You’ and ‘To The Moon and Back’) specifically for the Bonnie Tyler album 'Between the Earth and the Stars.
In 2022 she co-wrote the UK's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, "Spaceman" by Sam Ryder.
Having moved to Wales and graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Wadge started performing at open mic sessions in Cardiff's Toucan Club and soon started developing a fanbase and gaining critical recognition. She was quickly spotted and received encouragement from some of the big players in the city, among them Manics/Catatonia/Super Furry Animals producer Greg Haver, who recorded her debut mini-album, The Famous Hour. This album "brought her more attention and acclaim". She played alongside Stereophonics, Embrace and Lenny Kravitz at the launch party for BBC 6 Music.
In 2002, Wadge won "Best Female Solo Act" at the annual Welsh Music Awards, ahead of Charlotte Church. In 2003, she toured Australia with the Welsh Rugby Team during the Rugby World Cup with the song "Adre Nôl". Later that year, she retained her "Best Female Solo Act" at the Welsh Music Awards.
2004 saw her release her first full album, WOJ (a play on her surname, which is often mispronounced), to critical acclaim. In June 2004, she performed at London's Royal Albert Hall on a bill that included Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer, charted by Billboard magazine as one of the world's top-grossing concerts of the summer.
2006 saw the release of Wadge's second album, No Sudden Moves. The album includes a cover of the Manic Street Preachers single A Design for Life. 2008 saw the release of her third album, Bump, which (according to her own sleeve notes) was recorded over two days when she was 8 months pregnant. It includes a cover of "Don't Leave Me This Way" (originally recorded by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and later covered by The Communards).
On Monday 2 November 2009, Wadge released her new single "Hold Me" with new record label, Choice Music. She also released a Welsh version of the track ("Dal Fi") which was a fundraiser for her daughter's Ysgol Feithrin (Welsh nursery school), with 20p from the sale of every Welsh language download being donated to Mudiad Meithrin, a Welsh language nursery organisation.
In 2010 and 2011, Wadge and Pete Riley released a CD (Rivers Apart), as well as two live DVDs, and toured extensively together. Her single "USA? We'll Wait and See" was released in both English and Welsh.
She occasionally presents shows on BBC Radio Wales. She presented Suck It and See, a programme about the harmonica on BBC Radio 4.
Wadge is married to actor Alun ap Brinley. They live near Pontypridd, in Wales.
|"She"||2011||Songs I Wrote with Amy||Ed Sheeran||Ed Sheeran|
|"Where We Land"|
|"The A Team"||+|
|"Once Before"||2012||Another Four Sad Songs||Lewis Watson||Lewis Watson|
|"Sink or Swim"|
|"Scars"||Non-album single||Shannon Saunders||Shannon Saunders|
|"Bodies and Beats"||Shannon Saunders, Eg White|
|"Sink or Swim"||The Morning||Lewis Watson||Lewis Watson|
|"Even My Dad Does Sometimes"||X||Ed Sheeran||Ed Sheeran|
|"Thinking Out Loud"|
|"Make It Back to Me"||2015||Ben Haenow||Ben Haenow||Ben Haenow|
|"Let Myself Try"||Adore||Jasmine Thompson||Jasmine Thompson|
|"Don't Let Me Let You Go"||Jamie Lawson||Jamie Lawson||Jamie Lawson|
|"Start Again"||2016||Beautiful Life||Birdy||Birdy|
|"Numb"||Max Jury||Max Jury||Max Jury|
|"Stand in the Rain"||Non-album single||Jessarae||Jessarae|
|"When Christmas Comes Around"||Matt Terry||Ed Sheeran|
|"Broken"||2017||Only When We're Naked||Zak Abel||Zak Abel, Fred Cox|
|"Craving You"||The Waiting Game||Una Healy||Una Healy|
|"All You Ever Need is Love"|
|"Stay My Love"|
|"2005"||The Afterlove||James Blunt||James Blunt, Steve Mac|
|"Barcelona"||Divide||Ed Sheeran||Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Foy Vance, Benjamin Levin|
|"Nancy Mulligan"||Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Foy Vance, Benjamin Levin, Murray Cummings|
|"Save Myself"||Ed Sheeran|
|"Galway Girl"||Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Foy Vance, Damien McKee, Sean Grahan, Liam Bradley, Eamon Murray, Niamh Dunne|
|"I Don't Know"||Non-album single||Molly Kate Kestner||Molly Kate Kestner|
|"Little By Little"||2018||Clare Bowen||Clare Bowen||Clare Bowen, Brandon Young|
|"Hollow Hallelujah"||Southern Gothic||Tyminski||Dan Tyminski, Jesse Frasure, Sarah Buxton,|
|"Consequences"||Camila||Camila Cabello||Camila Cabello, Emily Weisband, Nicolle Galyon|
|"Parallel Line"||Graffiti You||Keith Urban||Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Julia Michaels, Benjamin Levin|
|"Sincerely Yours"||Golden||Kylie Minogue||Kylie Minogue, Jesse Frasure|
|"Rollin'"||Kylie Minogue, Sky Adams|
|"Radio On"||Kylie Minogue, John Green|
|"Every Little Part of Me"||Kylie Minogue, Sky Adams|
|"Wonder Woman"||Golden Hour||Kacey Musgraves||Kacey Musgraves, Jesse Frasure, Hillary Lindsey|
|"Run in the Rain"||Lighting Matches||Tom Grennan||Tom Grennan, Adj Buffone|
|"Because"||Thank You & Goodnight||Boyzone||Ronan Keating, Ed Sheeran|
|"Ain't That Funny"||A Northern Soul||Sheridan Smith||Sheridan Smith, Jimmy Hogarth|
|"Are You Just Sleeping"|
|"Handle With Care"|
|"Remedy in the Melody"|
|"Ladies in the 90's"||Non-album single||Lauren Alaina||Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure|
|"If You"||Story of Me||Megan McKenna||Megan McKenna|
|"How Many Times"|
|"Story of Me"|
|"Everything but You"|
|"Paperboy"||Jon Maguire, Catherine McGrath|
|"By Christmas Eve"||A Legendary Christmas||John Legend||John Legend, Dan Lafrombe Evans|
|"Faith's Song"||Keeping Faith – EP||Amy Wadge|
|"We Fall Down"|
|"Here I Go Again"|
|"Let The Light Back In"|
|"End Of It All"|
|"The Haunting of Me"||2019||The Years In Between||Jamie Lawson||Jamie Lawson|
|"Not Like Us"||Fire & Brimstone||Brantley Gilbert||Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Rhett Akins|
|"Almost"||Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure|
|"VHS"||Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure|
|"Center Point Road"||Center Point Road||Thomas Rhett||Thomas Rhett, Cleve Wilson, Jesse Frasure|
|"Let It Be Love"||Ocean||Lady A||Hillary Scott, Jordan Reynolds|
|"This"||Non-album single||Megan McKenna||Megan McKenna, Alex Stacey|
|"Monsters"||Once Upon a Mind||James Blunt||James Blunt, Jimmy Hogarth|
|"FUNoah"||Non-album single||Noah Cyrus||Noah Cyrus, Varren Wade, London Holmes|
|"This"||Megan McKenna||Megan McKenna|
|"Blue"||My Name Is Michael Holbrook||Mika||Mika|
|"Dear Jealousy"||George Moore, Mika|
|"Woman"||The Good & The Bad||Anthony Ramos||Anthony Ramos, Jackson Morgan, Johan Carlsson, Ross Golan|
|"Used to This"||Romance||Camila Cabello||Camila Cabello, Finneas O'Connell|
|"First Man"||Camila Cabello, Jordan Reynolds|
|"Under Dog"||2020||Alicia||Alicia Keys||Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Foy Vance, Johnny McDaid, Jonny Coffer|
|"Stop"||Non-album single||Anthony Ramos||Anthony Ramos, Sean Douglas, Jesse Shatkin, Joel Castillo|
|"Airpods"||Leave It Beautiful||Astrid S||Astrid S, Jakob Hazell, Svante Halldin|
|"Bad Things"||no one else, not even you||Mae Muller||Mae Muller, Westen Weiss|
|"All of My Friends"||2021||Bridge over Troubled Dreams||Delta Goodrem||Delta Goodrem|
|"Visiting Hours"||=||Ed Sheeran||Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Anthony Clemons, Jr., Michael Pollack, Scott Carter, Kim Lang Smith|
|"Lifeline"||Wild Dreams||Westlife||Mark Feehily, Shane Filan|
|"Rewind"||Feehily, Filan, Jessica Agombar, Nicholas James Gale|
|"Space Man"||2022||There's Nothing but Space, Man!||Sam Ryder||Sam Ryder and Max Wolfgang|
|The Famous Hour||Amy Wadge||2002||Written & Performed|
|Open||2003||Written & Performed|
|Woj||2004||Written & Performed|
|No Sudden Moves||2006||Written & Performed|
|Tougher Than Love||2007||Co-written & Performed|
|Bump||2008||Written, Performed & Produced|
|Acoustig||2009||Written, Performed & Produced|
|Rivers Apart||Amy Wadge & Pete Riley||2011||Co-written & Performed|
|Afterglow||2012||Co-written & Performed|
|Amy Wadge||Amy Wadge||2016||Co-written & Performed|
EPs and singles
|Amy Wadge||"Saddest Eyes"||2000||Written & performed|
|"Just in Time"||2003||Written & performed|
|"USA? Oes Angen Mwy..."||2005||Co-written & performed|
|"USA? We'll Wait and See..."||2005||Co-written & performed|
|"A Design for Life" (cover)||2006||Performed|
|"SXSW"||2009||Written, performed & produced|
|"Hold Me"||2009||Written & performed|
|Recovery (EP)||2014||Written, performed & produced|
|"No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk"||2015||Written, performed & produced|
|"Keeping Faith"||2018||Written, performed|
|"Keeping Faith" - Series 2||2019||Written, performed|
|"Keeping Faith" - Series 3||2021||Written, performed|
Other charted songs
|2002||Best Female Solo Artist||Welsh Music Awards|
|2015||The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama||Fellowship|
|2016||The Recording Academy, Grammy Award||Song of the Year|
|2016||University of South Wales||Honorary Doctorate of Music|
|2016||ASCAP||Songwriter of the Year|