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Amy Skjei: Bio

Amy Skjei (Shay) is a Recording Artist/Pianist/Composer of New Age Solo Piano.  Amy was born and raised in St.Cloud, MN. Amy is a classically trained pianist. She started playing piano at the age of 6 under Dru Ann Faith, then under Dr. Paul Wirth at the Wirth Center of Performing Arts (formerly called the Central MN Music School). Amy has won several state MMTA piano competitions and has performed many times at Northrup Auditorium at the University of Minnesota.  She attended Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, where she was also awarded a piano performance scholarship and studied under Dr. David Worth and Dr. Jay Hirschberger. She also holds a BA in Nursing and works full time as a Registered Nurse. Amy is now a composer of the New Age genre, solo piano.  Amy has composed all music and performs on both of her solo piano cd's, "Autumn Moments" and "Simplicity". They can be sampled and purchased as CD or digital downloads via the links.  Amy is a featured artist on eScapes Cable TV Network and has her music on various internet radio stations such as Pandora, Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, Seascapes, and Moods of the Moon, just to name a few.  Amy was also featured in a segment on WCCO TV's "Life to the Max" show in which she and her family were interviewed by Liz Collin, news anchor and reporter for WCCO TV, and also performed as they highlighted her piano playing, CD's and compositions, as well as her youngest daughter, who has special needs.  Amy is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) and her music can also be licensed through Youlicense, follow the links.   Amy is married and a mother of two beautiful girls. Her youngest has the Mosaic form of Down Syndrome, Scoliosis and Autism but doing well.  Her oldest daughter also has Polyarticular Juvenile Arthritis diagnosed at the age of 13 and also doing well on the right combination of medications and continues to dance.  Amy continues to play classical music as well as compose New Age material.  Amy is also working on a Christmas CD of her own arrangements to traditional Christmas songs as well as another solo piano CD, again,  of all originals. Stay tuned!  In Amy's spare time, she also enjoys playing on tennis league and reading, as well as spending time with her family up at the family log cabin, as this is where much of her inspiration of her music comes from....the beauty of nature that God has given us as well as the family that she loves so much.