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Q&A: Musician Amy Sky to present night of healing with Olivia Newton-John

Liv On to be Oct. 14 at McAninch Arts Center

Amy Sky (from left), Olivia Newton-John and Beth Nielsen Chapman will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn as part of Liv On, a project that grew from the trio’s personal experiences of triumph over adversity.
Amy Sky (from left), Olivia Newton-John and Beth Nielsen Chapman will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn as part of Liv On, a project that grew from the trio’s personal experiences of triumph over adversity.

GLEN ELLYN – Musician Amy Sky believes music can be used not only to entertain, but also to heal.

Sky, who has talked about her struggles with depression and postpartum psychosis in her songs, will perform with fellow musicians Olivia Newton-John and Beth Nielsen Chapman as part of Liv On, a project that grew from the trio’s personal experiences of triumph over adversity.

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the McAninch Arts Center on the College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Tickets range in price from $54 to $75.

For an additional $30, patrons can add on VIP Suite Service, a private, pre-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception followed by coffee and dessert at intermission. Call the MAC box office at 630-942-4000 or go to for tickets or more information.

Suburban Life reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Sky about her upcoming show. The interview has been edited for length and style.

Schelkopf: Great to be able to talk to you. I know the Liv On tour started Oct. 12. I know the three of you did an album together called Liv On in 2016. Is the tour a natural outgrowth of the album? When you were making the album, did you think you were going to tour on it?

Sky: Yeah, we hoped that we would. All three of us have busy individual tour schedules, so it was kind of tough to find time that the three of us could actually be in the same place at the same time. ... So this tour, this fall tour which is 12 dates, was planned almost a year ago. And now we're doing it. We're very excited to hit the road together.

Schelkopf: What's your hope for people who come to one of the shows? What would you like for them to get out of the tour?

Sky: You know, it's a really unique opportunity. These are the only tour dates we have scheduled right now. I don't know if we'll ever do this again because this is a special project. ... So first of all, it's a unique opportunity to see the three of us in this very "unplugged" setting. And we all share lead vocals and harmony vocals. ... There will be songs that people are absolutely familiar with. We're going to do some of our hits, but we also are going to do this really unique songbook that we've created to support people that are going through a lot, whether it's a recent loss or something that happened a long time ago. ... It's a very powerful evening. It's very uplifting. It's not depressing at all. It's actually amazing and emotional and fun and really entertaining.

Schelkopf: I know that you've struggled with depression in the past along with postpartum psychosis. I was just wondering after you revealed that to people in 2006, if people came up to you and thanked you for kind of shedding a light on what you went through and maybe taking the stigma away of what you had gone through?

Sky: Yes, absolutely. I was really concerned before I shared what I've been through. I didn't know if people would judge me or just think less of me because I've had struggles with mental health. ... And then what I realized was that every single person I knew either has gone through it themselves or had someone close to them who had gone through it. And they were so grateful to be able to hear from someone that was, you know, successful in life and just went through a period of struggling. ... It can happen to anyone. It's a normal part of life. And the most important thing is, when you are not feeling [like] yourself, that you reach out for help. The sad thing is, the people who need help the most are the ones least inclined to reach out because of the shame, because of the fear of embarrassment or judgment. ... I am so, so delighted when people tell me that because they heard me speak out about my own struggles, they reached out for help and got through the other side. That's the whole point.

Schelkopf: I know that you've worked with Olivia Newton-John before. What do you like about working with her?

Sky: We have a really good time together. Second of all, we're very much on the same wave length musically. Not only have I written with her, but she's also encouraged me to produce. ... There are very few female producers out there, and I've loved doing that. It's a really good chance to learn a lot and experience a lot musically.

Schelkopf: Many artists have recorded your songs. Does it ever surprise you that artists would want to record one of your songs or that an artist would want to work with you?

Sky: I'm just so grateful. I started out my career writing for other people. Not that I didn't want to make my own CDs, but I just always wanted to do both. ... I just wanted to write songs, and I was just as happy for other people to sing them as if I was singing them myself. Every time someone reinterprets a song, it brings more meaning to it. ... The best songs have lots of people recording them.

Schelkopf: Are there any of your songs that you were particularly struck by what the artist did with it?

Sky: Yeah, lots of times. I did a Christmas record with Olivia Newton-John, and she did a cover of a song I wrote called "Angels In The Snow," which is just breathtaking. It's so moving. It's just so beautiful."


If you go

WHAT: Liv On

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14

WHERE: McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

COST: $54 to $75

INFO: 630-942-4000,

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