If you were a fan of the groundbreaking a cappella band The Bobs, then you already know Amy Engelhardt: She was Amy Bob, the group’s sole female member, for 14 years. As one of the group’s primary writers and arrangers, she is perhaps best known for “Rhapsody in Bob” — an arrangement of the Gershwin classic for piano and “vocal orchestra,” which The Bobs performed at fine-arts venues around the country.
Throughout her pre- and post-Bobs career, Amy never abandoned her first love, the theater. Her award-winning rock musical Bastard Jones (for which she wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics) had a sold-out run Off-Broadway last summer.
As a solo artist, she has sung backup for Barbra Streisand and Neil Young, and can be heard on the soundtracks of such films as Jurassic World and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Her solo CD, Not Gonna Be Pretty, has been described as “the unlikely and intriguing marriage of Nellie McKay and Meat Loaf,” and her one-woman show, My Own Devices, was called “riotously funny” by BroadwayWorld.com.
“Her lyrics are witty, trenchant and persuasive, and she’s set them to melodies that lull you into enjoying them as catchy tunes… She’s got the craft down cold, if not better than most because she has a rare and intelligent edge in wordsmithery.”
—B.A. Nilsson, Metroland