It was on a solo journey through India in 2005 Thiessen realized that her passion was both expressed and discovered through music. Upon her return she began her first band “Discourse Poetic” with Jarred Nicklen. This was her initiation into song writing and a new level of freedom that came with it. The band parted ways shortly after the release of their EP in 2007, but Thiessen took this as an opportunity, picked up the guitar and began carving out her own unique style.
Over the past three years Thiessen has criss-crossed Canada engaging in over 350 self-booked performances in folk clubs, cafes, houses concerts, festivals, yoga radio and television studios. She has shared the stage with the Sirens of song (Melanie Doane, Catherine Mclellan, Lynn Miles) , Ben E King, played for author Deepak Chopra, been featured on National television with her Purple revolution video (co-created with Chris Hsuing) for the Nenshi Mayoral Campaign, and performed for TED X Calgary. Thiessen regularly hosts jam sessions at Mikey’s Juke Joint.
In April of 2011 Thiessen released her first full length album “Give up the Fight” (Producer Rick Mizzoni) with the help of RAWLCO Radio and AMP career development funding.
“Give up the Fight is not about giving up the fight to find your true self, rather it is about the courage to stop fighting to become what others think you should be…it is about being honest with yourself,” says Thiessen. “The album was a starting point for me. Some songs need to punch you in the guts a few times through the writing process... that’s how you know you are saying needs to be said. When I get really vulnerable and freaked out about sharing it, then I know I found it. It’s not always easy or pretty, but it’s such a fulfilling experience. Then, to share that honesty with another person, that prayer, that passion, it lays this incredible foundation for connecting with the audience. If I am lucky maybe I will voice something that articulates something meaningful inside a listener, like Ani DiFranco, and Leonard Cohen have done for me, or my friends Sarah Vann and Sally Titesy”
Currently Thiessen is stepping back and studying with Russell Broom, Sheldon Zanboer, Rick Mizzoni, and Ralf Bushmeyer to improve her musicianship. This spring she will visit her spiritual teacher in Peru, Diego Palma, who uses music with Shamanic practices to take participants into unexplored personal territory. Upon her return she heads out on the road and will begin finalizing songs for her two disc compilation of “Passion” contemporary soul fed folk songs and “Prayer” mantra and healing songs for guidance and reflection
“I use to worry that my music wouldn’t be accepted, it would be deemed too personal, or too spiritual. But I’m done with that! The only thing I feel any of us can give to the world is one’s self - raw, emotive, naked, spiritual, eccentric. I am still just a farm girl. My hope is to create music that is so honest and true to who I am that it connects with people and gives them courage to do the same. I am always a student, of myself, of life, of my amazing teachers, fans, and supporters. This is my passion and this is the way I pray.
""An Amy Thiessen performance is an hypnotic blend of words and music that is at once, spiritual and fun. She can bring an audience member into her space and transport them on rhythms of rock, folk and world sounds. A treat everytime.""
Russell BowersHost, CBC Radio - Jan 2012
“It’s rare that a musician will push the limits of their respective genre while still promoting a relaxed atmosphere. Thiessen combined her acoustic guitar with her jazzy, Feist-like voice, some spiritually reflective lyrics and the occasional beat-boxing that kept the crowd engrossed”. - Jams Wilt FFWD magazine (on Thiessen’s solo performance)
“A rare treasure” The album honors the diversity of the human existence, from the anguish of “Wrong” to the “insightful lyrics reminiscent of mystic poets such as Rumi and Hafez”( Samantha Rubin, CFUV 101.9 FM, Victoria, BC ) Aug 2011"
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