When Amos Lee was 21 years old, his mother gave him a very important birthday present: a gift certificate to a recording studio in Philadelphia.
The aspiring singer-songwriter didn’t have access at the time to a professional studio. Back then, whipping up a song on ProTools on a home computer wasn’t the norm. So the gift card, his mom hoped, would do the trick. It was there that Lee recorded some of what would eventually appear on his 2005 self-titled debut album.
He entered the studio armed with tracks he had been working on while in college, including “Arms of a Woman,” a song he recalls writing on an air mattress in a house in South Carolina in the late ‘90s.