WHO THE HELL...?




AMY ENGELHARDT spent a lot of time in rental cars from 1998 to 2011 as the sole female voice of, and a primary writer/arranger for eclectic, Grammy®-nominated vocal "band without instruments,The Bobs. She recorded and toured extensively with the band, from Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series to Northwest Folklife to the Pori (Finland) Jazz Festival. Her brainchild, Rhapsody In Bob - Gershwin's masterwork arranged for vocal orchestra (The Bobs) and blues-infused piano (Bob Malone of the John Fogerty Band) premiered at Wolf Trap.

Amy’s first love was the theatre, and in summer 2017, her rock musical BASTARD JONES (scored with co-lyricist/librettist Marc Acito of Broadway’s ALLEGIANCE) had a sold-out run Off-Broadway at the cell theatre. The show was a Finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals, the Eugene O’Neill Music Theater Conference and the Alec Baldwin Fellowship (strangest trifecta ever). Amy is also the lyricist of TESLA with Acito and Everclear keyboardist James Beaton. Other theatrical credits include lyrics/vocal arrangements for commissioned adaptations of Carl Sagan's CONTACT with Hungarian rocker Peter Sipos (2009 Puget Sound Theater Award – Best New Play), NICHOLAS NICKLEBY with electric violinist Eyvind Kang at Seattle’s CenterStage and music/lyrics for the Bobs/Flying Karamazov Brothers collaboration A COMEDY OF ERAS at ACT Seattle. Special music credits include MOTHER, MAY I at Baltimore’s Strand (dir. Rain Pryor). Amy was librettist/creative consultant for the PBS concert special Call Me Irresponsible (2011 Telly Award, Best Original Programming) featuring Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins). In October 2017, she'll premiere TRIPTYCH, a trio of 10-minute musicals set on the M42 bus as it crosses Manhattan, in the New York Transit Museum's Platform Series.

As a session and concert singer, Amy’s diverse vocal credits include Jurassic World, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Real Steel, Jim Henson's Animal Jam (Discovery Kids/TLC), Harry Shearer & Judith Owen’s Holiday Show (2005-2016 tours/Disney Concert Hall/BAM), Barbra Streisand's Timeless, the LA Bach Festival, Neil Young's Living With War, Comedy Central’s Roast of Roseanne and Paul Provenza’s SATIRISTAS. As a singer/songwriter, she tours her solo show, My Own Devices ("Riotously funny!" - BroadwayWorld) in clubs and across the US in house concerts. Amy's solo CD, Not Gonna Be Pretty, was hailed as the "unlikely and intriguing marriage of Nellie McKay and Meat Loaf." 

Amy received the Burman Award for Songwriting from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC), and in December 2016, was a resident composer in the prestigious Nautilus Studio musical theatre collaboration intensive in Los Angeles. A semi-finalist for the inaugural Ziegfeld Award for composer/lyricists, Amy is the Artistic Producer of TUNE IN TIME, New York City’s Musical Theater Game Show (“The BMI writers workshop on steroids...musical theater, cerebral fun and games pushed to 11… a joyous, hilarious romp.” - StageBuddy).

A graduate of Syracuse University (Musical Theatre) and Berklee College of Music (Songwriting/Arranging), Amy co-founded the LA Berklee Songwriters Forum. A proud member of SAG/AFTRA, The Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, and the only honorary female member of the Vienna Boys Choir, she splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City… and is probably somewhere over Nebraska right now hunched over a New York Times crossword.