AMES is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but she spent her most formative years in San Pedro Sula, Honduras living as a “missionary kid” with her siblings and parents. While being a lesbian in a fundamentalist Christian environment was very difficult, her hardships inspired a wealth of experience that she still draws from today. Ames’ was also able to hone her skills as a live performer in church, taking part in various praise and worship groups. In 2004 Ames moved to Los Angeles and began her solo career as a singer- songwriter, performing shows around the country and opening for such artists as The Veronicas, Damien Rice, Jason Reeves, Kate Voegele, Andy Grammar and Gavin Rossdale.
After signing with Kobalt Music Publishing in 2015, AMES began co-writing with other artists.”…Co-writing teaches me not to be too precious with ideas… they’re not meant to be hoarded or perfected…they’ll keep coming as long as I’m open to inspiration.” She states.
Ames has had songs cut by the likes of Kelly Clarkson, AKON, Rita Ora, Michelle Branch, Tori Kelly, Lights, Icona Pop, Adam Lambert, Jason Mraz, Jojo, Damien Rice and Christina Perri.