Amy Shark, real name Amy Louise Billings, was born on May 14, 1986, in Queensland, Australia. She first started making music under the pseudonym Amy Cushway in the late 2000s, later switching to the name Amy Shark in 2013.
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Quick Facts About Amy Shark
- Amy chose to replace her last name with “Shark” when she rebranded in the 2010s because Jaws is her favorite movie of all time.
- She was previously managed by her husband, Shane, who she married in 2013.
- Shark has an approximate net worth of $2 million.
- She was raised by her mother, Robyn, and her stepfather, David Cushway, from whom Amy adopted her surname.
- In high school, Amy went to Southport State High, where she formed a punk band called Dorothy’s Rainbow. The band didn’t last long, but Amy kept singing, writing, and performing after she finished grade school.
- Shark has performed under multiple aliases, including Amy Billings, Amy Cushway, Little Sleeper, and, finally, Amy Shark.
- Amy is 5’ 8” tall.
Amy Shark: The MusicBelow are quick descriptions of Amy’s albums and singles, including her chart-topping, 5x-Platinum song “Adore.”
Early Singles and EPs
- After changing her artist name, Amy went on to release Night Thinker, her debut EP. The six-track extended play was released via Sony Music Australia and features the singles “Weekends,” Drive You Mad,” and “Adore.”
- Night Thinker was nominated for several ARIAs, and Amy took home the Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist awards in 2017.
- “Adore” was the most successful single on the record. It was later covered by Dean Lewis, Hellions, Paul Dempsey, and Dashboard Confessional. The song was certified 5x Platinum in Australia, and it peaked at No. 3 on the Australian charts and No. 35 on the US charts.
- Hannah Maire of Atwood described “Adore” as having “a unique, addictive ambiance that demands you to think about your first emotional infatuation.”
- Weekends, the second single from Night Thinker, was nominated for Song of the Year at the ARPA Music Awards in 2018, and it won Pop Song of the Year and Regional Song of the Year at the Queensland Music Awards that same year.
- Weekends went Platinum in Australia, and an accompanying music video directed by Jude Kalman was later released. The music video stars Shark as a bored and apathetic supermarket worker, wandering around her workplace.
- Shark told the Sydney Morning Herald that the song is primarily about the woes of part-time work growing up. She said, “When I was younger, a lot of my time was spent hanging around waiting for people to finish work. They are the best years of your life when you don’t have any responsibilities, and you just have this shitty part-time job you suck at and you are just waiting until you get to hang out with someone special on the weekend.”
Love Monster: Amy’s Full-Length Debut
- Love Monster was released in July 2018 via Sony Music Australia. The record was produced by Dann Hume, M-Phazes, Jack Antonoff, CamBluff, Joel Little, Edwin White, and Mark Hoppus.
- The record was described by Shark as “like the first season of a great series you’ve just found. It’s full of so much drama. There’s first loves, there’s rejection and lies and beautiful moments and nasty moments and there's a death. It’s a great series.”
- Love Monster earned Amy several more ARIA awards, including Album of the Year, Best Female Artist, and Best Pop Release. The album features the singles “I Said Hi,” “Don’t Turn Around,” “Psycho,” “All Loved Up,” and “Mess Her Up.”
- Mark Hoppus, the bassist for Blink-182 and co-producer of Love Monster, is featured on the track “Psycho,” which was certified Gold in Australia. The song reached No. 14 on the Australian Artist charts.
Cry Forever: Amy’s Follow-Up Album
- In 2021, Amy released Cry Forever, her second full-length album. The record was produced by Amy, M-Phazes, Dann Hume, Joel Little, Sammy Witte, Sam de Jong, Joe Rubel, Jamie Hartman, Dan Wilson, and Brad Hosking and released via Sony Music Australia.
- Cry Forever features the singles “Everybody Rise,” “C’mon,” “All the Lies About Me,” “Love Songs Ain’t for Us,” “Baby Steps,” “Amy Shark,” and “Worst Day of My Life.” Thanks to its highly successful singles, the record was able to hit the top of the Australian Albums chart.
- “C’mon” is another collaboration between Shark and a member of Blink-182, this time drummer Travis Barker.
- “Love Songs Ain’t for Us,” a song co-written by Amy and Ed Sheeran, features New Zealander Keith Urban.
- Regarding Cry Forever, Amy said, “I am so proud of this album and it’s time to hand these songs over to the fans. These are some of the most personal and confronting songs I’ve ever written and I can’t wait to share them with everyone.”