Amy Atchley grew up singing and performing in her hometown of Houston, TX. She began singing in church choir at age 3 and from there attended music magnet schools. In the 1990s, Amy attended the University of Texas in Austin, earning her BA in vocal performance. Amy then began performing and writing with acts Hush and Fabu. Her experiences with Hush and Fabu led to her 1999 solo debut, Speeding.