Amy Speace - How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat

Nashville-based performing songwriter Amy Speace may have some advice in her How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat (April 16), but these are revelations emerging from a particularly tumultuous period of her own life. The grief on the death of a parent, lost love and, most tellingly, the scare that came when she lost her voice to a case of acute laryngitis -- an event that brought panic and tears before her long road to recovery. As the second album following her move from New York to Nashville a few years back, Speace's gorgeous Stormy Boat, once again produced by friend Neilson Hubbard, proves the ideal vessel for her starkly personal songs. NPR has described her voice as "grounded but wounded", an apt description for an instrument that combines wistful tenderness and a vulnerability that remains rooted in optimism beyond the pain. The result, writes Dave Marsh, is "the most daring, confident, ambitious and beautiful album Amy Speace has made since she began recording." Stream the title track and check out the video for "The Sea and the Shore" (featuring John Fullbright) after the jump...

Amy Speace - 'You Left Me Hanging' (from How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat)

Amy Speace - 'How to Sleep in an Empty Boat' (from How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat)