Amy McAllister will never forget the words said to her, just over a decade ago: “Sis, you’re so wrapped up in your perfect little world, why not remember who you were meant to be, before you became who you thought you should be?”
The loving lecture came from her concerned younger brother Brad – her lifelong best friend. She didn’t know in that moment, but the very next day he would tragically be taken from this world. In the blink of an eye, Amy's world was turned upside down, and her brother’s last words repeated in her mind and filled her broken heart: “Remember who you are.”
Amy entered this world with her heart beating to the sound of music. Growing up she was singing before she said her first words. She was the youngest member in her church choir, and performed in her small town’s musicals. She dreamed of being a diamond in a rhinestone world by shining bright, and sharing her heart through music.
And that is who Amy was before her dream of a music career took a backseat. She and her husband Chad married young and together started a family in their teenage years. They believed in their love for each other and met the challenge of growing up quickly.
Amy found her way into the world of hairstyling, and at 18-years old went from a young aspiring stylist to owning the largest Salon and Spa in Southern Utah.
Being a wife and raising 4 beautiful daughters was most important to Amy, but she was also driven in her career and giving back to her community. She taught singing and dancing to children, line dancing to the elderly and became involved in services assisting single mothers to further their education and careers. She stayed so busy, she didn’t even take the time to realize herbiggest dreams were passing her by. … Until that night her brother reminded her.
As Amy did her best to cope with the passing of her brother Brad, she would recall the words of one of the artists she admired most – Dolly Parton: “I always ask God to work through me and let me be a light of some kind and help this world, so I always pray for that, and I always want to do good.”
Dolly’s words brought back memories for Amy of being a little girl and saying hernightly prayers. She would thank God for blessing the world with Dolly and her music, and then, ask Him to help her be a blessing to the world “just like Dolly” someday too.
Lost in her sorrow, Amy continued looking deeply at her life and its meaning. She contemplated what her brother’s words meant: “Remember who you are.” Those prayers said as a child were still in her, and the dream she had as a little girl to change the world through music resurfaced. She saw her loss as a gift that taught her how precious life was and she knew she had to be part of the magic of music once again.
From that moment on she was determined to find her way into the music world, but found the transition difficult. As she longed for time to write the songs that had been stirring in her heart for years, many in Amy’s life resisted the change.
There were continuous distractions and detours keeping her from her dreams until one of them became a blessing: Planning the wedding for her oldest daughter McKenzi.
While helping McKenzi produce a song she had written for the groom, Amy reached out to her friend, Mitch Ballard to collaborate. Ballard then helped Amy launch her publishing company ‘Diamond Discovery’, shared his insights after years in the music business, and mostly he believed in Amy and saw her talent. When Amy shared the song idea “Building Reasons And Dreams” as a tribute to her brotherBRAD, they gave life to the song, which is now the title of Amy’s first album.
Amy was on cloud nine as she took a trip to Nashville for her first experience in the recording studio. How magical it was for herto witness the songs that were written at herkitchen table be given wings to fly.
Amy was honored to meet talented songwriters like Corey Lee Barker and Constance Mottle-Richards. She also connected with producer Steve Gordon and he produced 4 songs for Amy’s album in his Miami studio.
Amy’s eyes were opened to God’s renewed dream for her, and a newfound belief in herself. It was this belief and passion that led Amy to write and produce ‘My Angel’ and record Diane Warren’s hit song "Borrowed Angels". Both songs are a gift to those who have lost loved ones and bring comfort to the grieving.
Amy prepared for her next journey to Nashville by working with the incredibly talented John Houston, who produced 4 more songs before Joe Caverlee produced the final 4 songs to complete her album.
Building Reasons And Dreams features songs from the heart, and offers healing for the soul. The lyrics are motivating and thoughtful, showing that Amy’s true dream is to see other people reach their dreams. She inspires us to never give up, even as the tides of depression rise. Her music brings healing to the many hurting souls around the world.
With her first album complete, Amy shows us she never stops, and became a host on the most-listened-to radio show in Southern Utah, as well as hosting ‘The DJ and Amy’ radio show. Then, television found her and she became a host on “The Edge of Southern Utah”. Don’t be surprised if we one day see her on a major network!
Honoring those who make the ultimate sacrifice, Amy’s song “Shoot for the Moon” was the theme song used at “Embracing Our Heroes National Guard send off” honoring the military wives and children. Performing for the Wall That Heals Opening Ceremonies, Amy will never forget the feeling of her hero Veteran's in uniform rising to their feet, rocking out and singing the words to "Let Freedom Rock", the song she wrote to honor them.
Another memory Amy treasures was opening for Jefferson Starship and Hall and Oates with recording artist Mark Leland, at the Rock For Autism. And when asked by Darlene Fowler to pay tribute to Ralph Stanley singing “This Little Light of Mine” on the Grand Ole Opry stage - Amy felt the presence of Dr Ralph Stanley, her brotherand many angels in the wings that night. She remembered her brother’s words, and knew he was so proud.
When Amy performed her song ‘My Angel’ on the Celebrity Theater Stage at the 2018 Josie Music Awards in Dollywood, she felt as if she was dreaming, and still wonders how the small girl who prayed to "bless the world just like Dolly Parton" won ‘Inspirational Song of the Year”.
Now, Amy smiles whenever she recalls the last words her brother said to her, “Sis, why not remember who you were meant to be, before you became who you thought you should be?” Because, she finally remembered.
2019 is looking to be busy for Amy with the launch of her non-profit ‘Building Reasons And Dreams’, working on her Diamond Discovery project, producing her second album, and becoming a spokes-model for Confidently Ready by Josie Passantino.
Her hit song ‘You Don’t Have To Walk On Water is rising up the Christian Country Charts and her new album Here I Am will be released this month. She is so excited to be launching a platform for suicide prevention along with the album title song release.
The journey to the 2019 Josie Music Awards is going to be the best yet and Amy is honored to be a part of the Josie Network family. She is over the moon to be making independent award show history, joining other incredible artists and musicians to honor our Veterans and Military during this year’s show.
To listen to Amy’s music and find out exciting new updates, check out amymcallistermusic.com
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