"Amy has been a force since she was in high school. She's a self-described "woman of color hollerin' about politics" and watching her perform has the same thrill I associate with a young Nina Simone. She's a breathtaking combination of profound craft in service of raw emotion, and her music and poetry reflect the urgency of the moment that MCC is seeking in our own work. We are grateful that we once had the chance to teach her, and humbled that we now have the chance to learn from her," - Will Cantler, Co-Artistic Director of MCC Theater.
"Amy Leon's voice bursts through the constraints of technical proficiency like sunbeams through a window; her words are strong, personal and enlightening." - Huffington Post
New York Times
"There was also that moment when an extraordinary singer and composer named Amy Leon (who sang Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown”) asked the audience to breathe in and breathe out, breathe in and breathe out, and then, finally, yell as loud as it could on the exhale. Prettier sounds were heard that night, but that collective scream best summed up the experience."
"It's rare that a song provides listeners with a history lesson. It’s even rarer still that a song would use a history lesson to shed light on some of its country’s most pressing issues, and provide a commentary and call to action. But that’s exactly what singer, writer, and spoken word artist Amy León does in her powerful song “Burning in Birmingham.” - Atwood Magazine
BBC interview | Women Rally Against Trump
Amy León is a musician, poet, activist and educator. She performs frequently all over New York and has toured numerous times throughout Europe performing in collaboration with the BBC, Roundhouse, The Battersea Arts Center, Amnesty International and more. An alumna of the Nuyorican Slam Team, she fuses music and poetry through powerfully transparent performances focusing on social inequalities while celebrating love, blackness, and what it means to be woman. She is the author of two collections of poetry: the water under the bridge and Mouth Full of Concrete. Her musical debut, Something Melancholy, has led to her sharing stages with Talib Kweli, Common, Melanie Fiona, Alice Smith and more. She is anxiously awaiting the release of her first childrens book via Walker Books in 2018 whilst developing her first play in collaboration with The Battersea Arts Center. Stay tuned and mark your calendars - she'll be sharing songs from her upcoming album at the Apollo in Harlem on April 6th!
DEBUT EP | SOMETHING MELANCHOLY