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For legal secretary Amy Pes, singing and song writing is a powerful antidote to the everyday stress of work.

While Amy Pes didn’t grow up thinking she would be a singer, there were signs she was destined to spend time up in lights. When she was eight years old, she would draft her older brother in to help her perform Spice Girls shows for their neighbours. Later, she’d draw inspiration from the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, belting out “Lovefool” and “When Doves Cry” to family and friends. Now, at just 29 but with the release of her second solo EP under the moniker Quails, Pes is already eyeing her legacy. “There’s always been something I think I sacrificed,” she says. “It might have been the cover art or maybe I rushed to complete a song or two. Now, I want to have a body of work where I wouldn’t change anything.”

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