Fourteen year-old Amelia Scalies may be following an alt-pop trajectory, but she’s a far cry from most of the plastic pop mannequins currently operating in her age group. A defiant and fiercely independent young artist, the powerfully-voiced Amelia has more in common with Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow than she does with Miley Cyrus.
Amelia undoubtedly has a big dose of rock chick in her, but while much of her debut album I Should’ve Known (there’s a nod to Alanis Morissette if ever I heard one!) is characterised by driving, angsty electric guitars, it’s when those instruments are stripped back on acoustic tracks like ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Rose Blossom’ that the quality of her vocal really shines through. Musically she is mature well beyond her years, and the record is laced with complex emotions and intelligent arrangements.
Despite still being inside the first half of her teens, Amelia has performed across NYC, Philadelphia, Washington and Wilmington, opened for Joe Robinson and Beth Goldwater and triumphed at several Battles Of The Bands. In short, this is no child’s play - Amelia really means it. Or, as Nathan Pike of All What’s Rock phrased it: “The next time someone tries to pass off a young teenager as playing with folly they ought to have a listen to this girl because she sits like a little Buddha in a lotus flower, with the world at her fingertips and a wide open future”.
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