While kicking around some music videos over the weekend, I stumbled across the most incredible live performance of "I Don't Want To Talk About It" by Rod Stewart and...Amy Belle? Yeah, this unknown blew me away! And apparently Rod too, because back in 2004, he decided to showcase her, even saying at the end of the video "Watch for big things from her..." Yet still, 9 years later, I had no idea who she was.
After doing some research on her, I found out that even though she has been to the states and tried to start a career, it just hasn't panned out, as she's back to being a tavern singer and bussing tables to make $$$. A great example of how it not only takes talent, but the right timing to make it in the entertainment business. And sometimes timing is even more important than talent (see THE VOICE and AMERICAN IDOL). The paragraph below is a small sampling from a web piece on Amy Belle. Click the link at the end for me, and PLEASE watch the video. Whoever is on sax...wow...she wails!
Amy Belle, was discovered busking on the streets of Glasgow by a friend of Rod Stewart and really soon afterwards was performing with Rod on stage at a “One Night Only” show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Simply incredible. For those not familiar with U.K. terminology, Busking is the practice of doing live performances in public places to entertain people
SCOTS busker Amy Belle thought her life would change forever when Rod Stewart whisked her away to perform with him at the Albert Hall after spotting her singing on a Glasgow street.
But three years later Amy, now 26, is still singing for her supper in the city’s busy shopping precincts, despite being tipped as the next big thing after her appearance with Rod.
Things are not quite as bad as they appear for the budding star however, it is just that the the wheels of show business are moving slowly.
Amy said: “I am back busking and doing gigs in pubs because I need to pay the bills.
I love Amy and the first time I saw her was in the Rod Stewart DVD from Royal Prince Albert Hall. I don't understand why Rod Stewart could not get her connected with an agent/manager in the U. S. to help her with her career. She stole the show with Rod.
Saw Amy on the DVD with Rod Stewart at the Royal Albert Hall, I have played and replayed that track so many times and it rings in my head. She was sensational and deserves to be recognized for her talent. What is wrong with people? She is fabulous.
She should be singing at opening of Scotish Commonwealth games.
Could listen to her for hours , have followed her for years.
Amy you just need the good luck you deserve.
Al igual que muchos, la primera vez q escuché a Amy Belle en vivo a dúo con Rod Stewart, quedé impactada por su voz, desde entonces no he podido dejar de escuchar I don't wanna talk about it. Ella es increíble, su talento es evidente y sería justo q tuviera un lugar en el mundo de la música, merece ser reconocida. Espero pronto tener noticias de ella, su voz retumba en mi cabeza por horas después de escucharla de nuevo.