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    Amy Schugar
    Under Construction
    by Kevin Wierzbicki

    Amy Schugar has toiled away at her day job for over 14 years. A million things have changed during that time, but one thing remained constant: every day Schugar would come home to her guitar and her pen and melt away the workaday world by writing songs. For the longest time, only Schugar's circle of friends got to hear her music. Then a chance meeting with fellow Valley resident Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG) became the catalyst for her long overdue step into the limelight.

    The talented singer quickly collaborated with Schenker on an album of melodic hard rock (Under Construction, ASR Records) and joined him on tour as a member of MSG. Since then, Schugar has gotten an endorsement deal with Daisy Rock guitars, been featured in Metal Maidens magazine and been amused by autograph seekers. With her professional career exploding like a supernova, Schugar took some time to tell In Your Ear that she has no intention of being merely a shooting star.

    In Your Ear: How did you meet Michael Schenker?
    Amy Schugar: I was at an Eric Johnson concert. One of my friends worked for Eric Johnson and I was playing Eric's guitar backstage. I think it was a '57 or '59 Stratocaster. I didn't know who Michael was, but he was hanging out and we were talking and he heard me playing and singing. People kept coming up to him asking for his autograph and finally I asked him who he was and he told me.

    IYE: When you say you didn't know who he was, do you mean at that time or that you didn't know his history with Scorpions and UFO?
    Amy: I had listened to some of his stuff in high school. Obviously I wasn't the biggest fan or I would've known what he looked like. But I was always a fan of some of his music.

    IYE: Did he ask you right then if you wanted to collaborate? How did it come about that you two decided to write some songs together?
    Amy: Well, we all went back to his house and hung out for a little bit, and he just really liked me a lot. He actually called me while I was in transit home from his place. When he heard me really play and heard some of the music that I had written and had on CD already, he was pretty impressed.

    IYE: Did you already have the songs for Under Construction, or did you compose those especially for the record?
    Amy: I wrote those songs at the time we decided to do music together.

    IYE: What were you doing before all this happened?
    Amy: I was keeping up on my writing skills. I wasn't playing in any groups. Music was kind of secondary, actually; I had to be at work so much.

    IYE: Was there a moment you had to sort of stop and pinch yourself?
    Amy: My friends would do it for me! Michael would come in to [my work] with flowers or come in just to hang out and be near me.

    IYE: I hope this isn't too personal, but there was a romantic interest?
    Amy: Yeah, in the very beginning. We dated for maybe three weeks, something like that. Not very long. But we've stayed friends.

    IYE: You're currently writing with Rev Jones (MSG, Black Symphony)?
    Amy: We've done some songs but I haven't spoken with Rev for a little while. There's also a guy named Doug Stapp that I'm writing with.

    IYE: Tell me about the TV show appearance you've got coming up.
    Amy: It airs for the first time July 27 and then four times after. The show is called Rappin' with Randy and its on channel 98 [Cox cable in Phoenix]. It's a talk show and I'll perform.

    IYE: And to top it off, you're also doing theme songs for pro-wrestlers?
    Amy: I've written a song for the Southwest Wrestling Federation for the wrestler named Havoc. It was a customized, personal song. I've had some other offers since then, but I got tied up with the Michael Schenker thing and currently haven't been able to get back with them. The offer is there for me to do some more with these guys, but it's a lot of work to customize a song for somebody.

    IYE: With all these doors opening for you, which one are you looking forward to walking through next?
    Amy: I'd like to put a band together, if possible, and do some more touring and do another album. I'd just like to be creative and make a good living off of it.

    f.a.q. terms of use about us
    all content copyright 2000-2004. all rights reserved.Amy Schugar
    Under Construction
    by Kevin Wierzbicki

    Amy Schugar has toiled away at her day job for over 14 years. A million things have changed during that time, but one thing remained constant: every day Schugar would come home to her guitar and her pen and melt away the workaday world by writing songs. For the longest time, only Schugar's circle of friends got to hear her music. Then a chance meeting with fellow Valley resident Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG) became the catalyst for her long overdue step into the limelight.

    The talented singer quickly collaborated with Schenker on an album of melodic hard rock (Under Construction, ASR Records) and joined him on tour as a member of MSG. Since then, Schugar has gotten an endorsement deal with Daisy Rock guitars, been featured in Metal Maidens magazine and been amused by autograph seekers. With her professional career exploding like a supernova, Schugar took some time to tell In Your Ear that she has no intention of being merely a shooting star.

    In Your Ear: How did you meet Michael Schenker?
    Amy Schugar: I was at an Eric Johnson concert. One of my friends worked for Eric Johnson and I was playing Eric's guitar backstage. I think it was a '57 or '59 Stratocaster. I didn't know who Michael was, but he was hanging out and we were talking and he heard me playing and singing. People kept coming up to him asking for his autograph and finally I asked him who he was and he told me.

    IYE: When you say you didn't know who he was, do you mean at that time or that you didn't know his history with Scorpions and UFO?
    Amy: I had listened to some of his stuff in high school. Obviously I wasn't the biggest fan or I would've known what he looked like. But I was always a fan of some of his music.

    IYE: Did he ask you right then if you wanted to collaborate? How did it come about that you two decided to write some songs together?
    Amy: Well, we all went back to his house and hung out for a little bit, and he just really liked me a lot. He actually called me while I was in transit home from his place. When he heard me really play and heard some of the music that I had written and had on CD already, he was pretty impressed.

    IYE: Did you already have the songs for Under Construction, or did you compose those especially for the record?
    Amy: I wrote those songs at the time we decided to do music together.

    IYE: What were you doing before all this happened?
    Amy: I was keeping up on my writing skills. I wasn't playing in any groups. Music was kind of secondary, actually; I had to be at work so much.

    IYE: Was there a moment you had to sort of stop and pinch yourself?
    Amy: My friends would do it for me! Michael would come in to [my work] with flowers or come in just to hang out and be near me.

    IYE: I hope this isn't too personal, but there was a romantic interest?
    Amy: Yeah, in the very beginning. We dated for maybe three weeks, something like that. Not very long. But we've stayed friends.

    IYE: You're currently writing with Rev Jones (MSG, Black Symphony)?
    Amy: We've done some songs but I haven't spoken with Rev for a little while. There's also a guy named Doug Stapp that I'm writing with.

    IYE: Tell me about the TV show appearance you've got coming up.
    Amy: It airs for the first time July 27 and then four times after. The show is called Rappin' with Randy and its on channel 98 [Cox cable in Phoenix]. It's a talk show and I'll perform.

    IYE: And to top it off, you're also doing theme songs for pro-wrestlers?
    Amy: I've written a song for the Southwest Wrestling Federation for the wrestler named Havoc. It was a customized, personal song. I've had some other offers since then, but I got tied up with the Michael Schenker thing and currently haven't been able to get back with them. The offer is there for me to do some more with these guys, but it's a lot of work to customize a song for somebody.

    IYE: With all these doors opening for you, which one are you looking forward to walking through next?
    Amy: I'd like to put a band together, if possible, and do some more touring and do another album. I'd just like to be creative and make a good living off of it.

    f.a.q. terms of use about us
    all content copyright 2000-2004. all rights reserved.Amy Schugar
    Under Construction
    by Kevin Wierzbicki

    Amy Schugar has toiled away at her day job for over 14 years. A million things have changed during that time, but one thing remained constant: every day Schugar would come home to her guitar and her pen and melt away the workaday world by writing songs. For the longest time, only Schugar's circle of friends got to hear her music. Then a chance meeting with fellow Valley resident Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG) became the catalyst for her long overdue step into the limelight.

    The talented singer quickly collaborated with Schenker on an album of melodic hard rock (Under Construction, ASR Records) and joined him on tour as a member of MSG. Since then, Schugar has gotten an endorsement deal with Daisy Rock guitars, been featured in Metal Maidens magazine and been amused by autograph seekers. With her professional career exploding like a supernova, Schugar took some time to tell In Your Ear that she has no intention of being merely a shooting star.

    In Your Ear: How did you meet Michael Schenker?
    Amy Schugar: I was at an Eric Johnson concert. One of my friends worked for Eric Johnson and I was playing Eric's guitar backstage. I think it was a '57 or '59 Stratocaster. I didn't know who Michael was, but he was hanging out and we were talking and he heard me playing and singing. People kept coming up to him asking for his autograph and finally I asked him who he was and he told me.

    IYE: When you say you didn't know who he was, do you mean at that time or that you didn't know his history with Scorpions and UFO?
    Amy: I had listened to some of his stuff in high school. Obviously I wasn't the biggest fan or I would've known what he looked like. But I was always a fan of some of his music.

    IYE: Did he ask you right then if you wanted to collaborate? How did it come about that you two decided to write some songs together?
    Amy: Well, we all went back to his house and hung out for a little bit, and he just really liked me a lot. He actually called me while I was in transit home from his place. When he heard me really play and heard some of the music that I had written and had on CD already, he was pretty impressed.

    IYE: Did you already have the songs for Under Construction, or did you compose those especially for the record?
    Amy: I wrote those songs at the time we decided to do music together.

    IYE: What were you doing before all this happened?
    Amy: I was keeping up on my writing skills. I wasn't playing in any groups. Music was kind of secondary, actually; I had to be at work so much.

    IYE: Was there a moment you had to sort of stop and pinch yourself?
    Amy: My friends would do it for me! Michael would come in to [my work] with flowers or come in just to hang out and be near me.

    IYE: I hope this isn't too personal, but there was a romantic interest?
    Amy: Yeah, in the very beginning. We dated for maybe three weeks, something like that. Not very long. But we've stayed friends.

    IYE: You're currently writing with Rev Jones (MSG, Black Symphony)?
    Amy: We've done some songs but I haven't spoken with Rev for a little while. There's also a guy named Doug Stapp that I'm writing with.

    IYE: Tell me about the TV show appearance you've got coming up.
    Amy: It airs for the first time July 27 and then four times after. The show is called Rappin' with Randy and its on channel 98 [Cox cable in Phoenix]. It's a talk show and I'll perform.

    IYE: And to top it off, you're also doing theme songs for pro-wrestlers?
    Amy: I've written a song for the Southwest Wrestling Federation for the wrestler named Havoc. It was a customized, personal song. I've had some other offers since then, but I got tied up with the Michael Schenker thing and currently haven't been able to get back with them. The offer is there for me to do some more with these guys, but it's a lot of work to customize a song for somebody.

    IYE: With all these doors opening for you, which one are you looking forward to walking through next?
    Amy: I'd like to put a band together, if possible, and do some more touring and do another album. I'd just like to be creative and make a good living off of it.

    f.a.q. terms of use about us
    all content copyright 2000-2004. all rights reserved.