AMY TJASINK

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Amy Tjasink is an exceptionally talented 24 year-old unique vocal twist reminiscent of the early Taylor Swift blended with a sweetened John Mayer. Harbouring an undeniable creativity, she plays guitar and piano and is completely self-styled. Armed with her recently completed 8-track debut EP, titled ‘Average Jane’, and with sheer grit and determination, Amy is set to make a mark on an industry already filled to the brim with talent; with one big difference – she’s doing it by herself, for herself.

As young as she can remember, Amy was creatively involved in entertainment, acting and singing in school productions – but it wasn’t until she was 14, when she picked up her father’s guitar for the first time, that she met her passion for music. Not long after, on her 15th birthday, her parents gave Amy her very own guitar and from that moment, she hasn’t looked back, teaching herself to play a myriad of other instruments in the process.

Soon, Amy had her debut public performance at her school’s Variety Concert in 2007, and from that day on, she seized every opportunity to perform; ranging from fundraisers to talent shows. Eventually, the first pinnacle of her fledgling music career arrived, when Amy and the garage-style band she formed were spotted and invited to open for one of South Africa’s leading bands: Prime Circle.

After completing school in 2010, Amy went on to study musical performance at ACM@COPA, a music school in Cape Town specialising in vocals, guitar and business management. In addition to graduating with distinctions in all subjects, Amy won Student of the Year two years running. Eager not to waste time, her college years were spent teaching guitar to children in her community as well as gigging at popular venues in and around Cape Town. By the time she graduated, her musical style was clear: country and folk, easy-listening music.

Armed with all she had learned in college and her little black book adorned with her own music and lyrics, Amy kicked off her career, applying for her first professional contract on board the MSC Opera, an Italian cruise liner, for a five month contract with nightly performances.

Once she had completed her first contract, she returned to South Africa and moved forward with plans to start a new venture: opening her own company, Nash Music, with a partner. Together, they performed cover songs for private functions and corporate events, but eventually, Amy realised that she had lost focus and decided to get back to her roots; her passion: songwriting. It was with this epiphany that Amy realized her true calling: playing her own music, not only for her fans but to the world.
Given how all things need capital, Amy devised a plan: she applied for another contract, this time with P&O Cruises in Australia. Her dedication and hard work were soon noticed when she was promoted to Music Coordinator after only three weeks on board. She worked with them for four months – again performing every evening – and returned to Cape Town in January 2016, ready to get her songs captured on tape.

With no hesitation, Amy contacted talented producer Colin Sher, invested her earnings in herself and set out to record a 5-track EP (mini album, extended playlist) titled ‘Average Jane’; a process she completed within a month. Soaking up the creative atmosphere at Cosher Studios, Cape Town, Amy began her transformation in preparation for the launch of her first EP, which was released for an impressive guest list on the 8th of August 2016, at Suikerbossie Restaurant.

With a huge turnout, and the support from her amazing band, the launch was an absolute success, and has opened up many doors for the inspiring singer-songwriter. She has since begun the first stages of her recordings for her full debut album set to be released in early 2017. “You can expect this album to have a stronger rock element, a new idea to my music which proved to work really well in live performances, a sound I had never thought of exploring before”, says Amy.

It goes without saying that Amy is paving her own road, and when asked what she believes in most, it’s in creating her own opportunities:
“Doors only open if you make them.” Amy states, “Next to an arsenal full of talent and ambition to help get you noticed, you need to be equipped with the right attitude.”

Although laid back and soft spoken, the right attitude is one thing, like talent, that Amy has no shortage of. Determined to have her music grace ears the world across and with a plan to make it happen, Amy Tjasink – the average Jane – may very soon be known across the globe as anything but average.

Repertoire

AMY TJASINK – SOLO GUITARIST – SETLIST
OLDIES/CLASSICS
1. Bad moon rising – CCR
2. Proud Mary – CCR
3. Cottonfields – CCR
4. Looking out my back door – CCR
5. Midnight Special – CCR
6. In the arms of Mary – CCR
7. Have you ever seen the rain - CCR
8. Son of a preacher man – Dusty Springfield
9. Cocaine – JjCale/ Eric Clapton
10. Country Roads – John Denver
11. Me and Bobby McGee
12. Smooth operator – Sade’
13. House of the Rising Sun
14. Hallelujah
15. No woman no cry – Bob Marley
16. 3 little Birds – Bob Marey
17. Redemption song – Bob Marley
18. Could you be loved- Bob Marley
19. Before you Accuse me – Eric Clapton
20. Wayfairing stranger – Eva Cassidy
21. Every Breath you take – The Police
22. Roxanne – The Police
23. Message in a bottle – The Police
24. Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
25. To make you feel my love – Bob Dylan
26. Play that funky Music
27. Wonderwall – Oasis
28. Achy Breaky Heart – billly Ray Cyrus
29. Don’t play your rock n roll to me
30. I’m a believer
31. Brown Eyed Girl
32. Stand By me
33. Somebody to Lean on
34. Oh Carol
35. I can see clearly now
36. Mustang Sally
37. Bridge over troubled water
38. Dreams – Fleetwood mac
39. Landslide – Fleetwood mac
40. Sounds of silence
41. To love somebody – beegees
42. Jackson – Johnny Cash
43. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
44. I walk the line – Johnny Cash
45. Jolene – Dolly Parton
46. Islands in the stream – Dolly Parton
47. The Gambler
48. Sweet Home Alabama
49. Walking on sunshine
50. I love rock n roll
51. Black Velvet
52. Little Wing – Jimmi Hendrix
53. I will survive – Gloria Gaynor
54. Hotel California
55. American Pie
56. Zombie – The Cranberries
57. I love Rock n Roll – Joan Jett
58. Linger – The Cranberries
59. Piano Man
60. Billy Jean – Michael Jackson
61. Human Nature – Michael Jackson
62. Paint it black – The rolling stones
63. Light my fire – The Doors
64. Sweet Caroline
65. Living next door to Alice
66. Sweet Child of Mine
67. Johhny B goode
68. Pretty Woman
69. The weight ( take a load off annie)
70. Hound Dog – Elvis
71. Suspicious minds – Elvis
72. Boots are made for walking
73. Time after Time – Cyndi Lauper


SPECIALTY SETS WHICH CAN BE PLAYED WITH FULL as well as solo:
Jazz Standards/Swing
1. Straighten Up and Fly Right
2. Cheek to Cheek
3. Misty
4. Embraceable You
5. Fly me to the moon
6. Come fly with me
7. Mac The Knife
8. Sway
9. Summer Time
10. My baby Just Cares for Me
11. L.O.V.E
12. All about that Bass ( Swing Version )
13. 7 nation army ( Swing Version )
14. The Way you look tonight
15. My Funny Valentine
16. At Last
17. Autumn Leaves
18. Fever – Peggy Lee
1. Let it Be
2. Something
3. Strawberry Fields
4. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
5. Hey Jude
6. Revolution
7. Help!
8. All my loving
9. All you need is Love
10. Come Together
11. Oh darling!
12. I’ve just seen a face
13. A little help from my friends
14. Drive my Car


2000’s to CURRENT
1. Free Falling – John Mayer
2. Waiting on the world to change – John Mayer
3. Slow dancing in a burning room – John Mayer
4. Half of My heart – John Mayer
5. Your Body is a wonderland – John Mayer
6. Sitting waiting wishing – Jack Johnson
7. Good People – Jack Johnson
8. Taylor – Jack Johnson
9. Sleep through the static – Jack Johnson
10. Better together – Jack Johnson
11. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
12. Blank Spaces – Taylor Swift
13. White Horse – Taylor Swift
14. You Belong with me – Taylor Swift
15. Shake it off – Taylor Swift
16. Beathe – Taylor Swift
17. Mean – Taylor Swift
18. Back to December – Taylor Swift
19. ROAR – Katy Perry
20. California Girls – KATY PERRY
21. Teenage dream – Katy Perry
22. Price Tag – Jesse J
23. Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
24. Won’t go home without you – Maroon 5
25. This Love – Maroon 5
26. Valerie – Amy Wine House
27. Rehab – Amy Winehouse
28. First cut is the deepest – Sheryl Crowe
29. If it makes you happy – Sheryl Crowe
30. Soak up the sun – Sheryl Crowe
31. Taking the Long way – Dixie Chicks
32. Not ready to make nice – Dixie Chicks
33. Somebody like you – Adele
34. Rolling in the Deep – Adele
35. Hello – Adele
36. Set fire to the rain – Adele
37. Chasing Pavements – Adele
38. Stay with me – Sam Smith
39. Not the only one – Sam Smith
40. Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran
41. A team – Ed Sheeran
42. Kiss me – Ed Sheeran
43. Can’t feel my face – The weeknd
44. How deep is your love
45. Locked out of heaven – Bruno Mars
46. Just the way you are – Bruno Mars
47. Marry You – Bruno Mars
48. Lazy Song – Bruno Mars
49. Im Yours – Jason Mraz
50. Don’t know why – Norah Jones
51. Come away with me – norah Jones
52. 9 million bicycles – Katy Melua
53. Closest thing to crazy – Katy Melua
54. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
55. What’s up – 4 non blondes
56. White flag – Dido
57. Thank you – Dido
58. Chasing cars – Snow Patrol
59. Give me one reason – Tracy Chapman
60. Baby Can I hold you – Tracy Chapman
61. More than words – XRTREME
62. Let her go – Passenger
63. A thousand years – Christina Perry
64. Wake me up – Avici
65. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
66. Khe san
67. Drops of Jupiter – train
68. Rude! - Magic


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