Amy Banks

Amy Banks has spent two decades performing as a professional singer, actress, and television personality. Originally from Minnesota, she has appeared on stage and screen all over the world, but calls Lancaster, Pennsylvania home after relocating there to perform at the American Music Theatre. Since then, she has self-published and produced four music CDs, of which her third CD, When the Sun Comes Out, reached Chartbound status at JazzWeek. Her fourth offering, In Love, has garnered serious attention. In 2004, Amy appeared as a host-commentator on TV shows for FOX and HGTV.

Amy's performing career began while living in Atlanta, Georgia where she first appeared in productions with the top stage companies including The Alliance Theater, Jomandi Productions and The Horizon Theater. Throughout the 90s she performed cabaret-style shows with Robert Ray and through working with him, further honed her singing skills. In the late 90s, Amy moved to Orlando, Florida to work for Walt Disney World Company at the brand new Animal Kingdom theme park. She played both female roles in The Festival of the Lion King singing favorites from the Lion King movie including "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life". While in Florida she began a year-long engagement singing jazz three nights a week with the Ed Connelly Trio at The Grosvenor Resort.

In 2002, after performing shows in her hometown(s) with Penumbra Theater and The Illusion Theater in the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, Amy moved to Lancaster and spent four seasons with American Music Theatre (AMT). While there, Amy nurtured her love for jazz in venues throughout Central PA – from Lancaster restaurants to the Harrisburg Hilton's prestigious jazz room, The Bar. Other appearances include: The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Berks Jazz Festival; Yorkfest and the Studio at the Strand-Capitol Theater in York, PA; Bucknell University; the "Jazz Upstairs at the Fulton Theatre" series; and The Pennsylvania Academy of Music, as well as various clubs, restaurants, and local churches. In June of 2007 Amy returned to Disney World to reprise her roles in the Festival of the Lion King before returning to AMT for a fifth season in 2008. Amy has also made a name for herself in Charleston, SC, where she has joined Brad and Jennifer Moranz in five different original productions at the Charleston Music Hall over the past five years.

In addition to music, Amy's other passion is contributing to the community. She was a founding participant in the Divas of Jazz, whose annual concert events raised over 70K to benefit The PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Amy served on the Board of the Central PA Friends of Jazz, acted as Volunteer Music Coordinator at Unity Church in Palmyra, and participated in music programs for the children at Crispus Attucks Community Center. Amy also supports Rinji Furba Sherpa, a college student in Nepal.

While enjoying newly-wedded bliss with her husband Aaron, together they travel relentlessly around the world looking for a better beer. Additionally, Amy works on her house, practices handstands in yoga, throws pottery, and wanders the woods looking for birds, flowers, mushrooms, and dead bodies.

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