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Meet Amy Scruggs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Scruggs.

Amy Scruggs is a nationally known country music artist, tv host, public speaker, and coach. Amy’s story is one of endurance, faith, and success. At 17, a life-changing moment at planned parenthood started her journey. The next 28 years went on to be filled with a passion for life and hope that resonates in her story.

Raised in San Dimas, California, Amy has been singing since the age of three. Starting in 2001 Amy entered the business world as a wholesale mortgage lending professional and quickly achieved top sales leading to sales management positions.

In 2004, she began simultaneously growing her music career. While in Nashville, she caught the attention of many industry professionals for her powerful vocals and passion for supporting our troops. Amy was featured in the July 2009 issue of Country Weekly Magazine, the September 2009 cover story for Nashville Music Guide and most recent 2018 cover story The Connecter Magazine in San Diego. Her contagious spirit and her passion resonate to all who hear her. She has overcome tremendous circumstances, loss, and obstacles and now uses that to bring hope and encouragement through her music, speaking and coaching. Amy’s Patriotism shines through in her known traditional version of the National Anthem. In 2011, at the request of the United States Army, Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, Amy was chosen to perform the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

Since 2008, Amy has opened for many country music greats including; Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Charlie Daniels, Little Texas and many others. Amy was officially endorsed by the American Veterans (AMVETS) service foundation for California from 2009 through 2011. Amy’s oldest son, Ryan Scruggs is her lead guitar and shared the stage and dream with her by performing alongside her. Ryan is also credited with writing much of their new music.

In 2012, after years of touring the national stage full time, Amy decided to reenter the business world specializing in business development, coaching, public speaking, and media training. Amy is married with six children and now resides in San Diego, California. where she continues to perform and speak at events honoring our veterans and the non-profit community. She is a keynote speaker and personal coach to business professionals of all industries empowering them in mindset, confidence, and self-awareness. She uses tools and impactful stories to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. Amy is also the current cohost for the national TV show “The American Dream” as well as ‘”lifestyles San Diego” with Ignite Now Media. She recently performed at the San Diego Padres Stadium for local Gold Star Families as well as the ceremony for the commissioning of the new U.S. Naval Warship “USS Rafael Peralta.” She is also known for her jazz vocals/piano playing and performing at private events including recent shows opening for Tony Orlando, Chubby Checker and Frankie Avalon. Amy continues to use her life experiences as humorous stories to help encourage people to have a healthy, positive perspective for daily life and its many challenges. She is continually dedicated to her support of the military, veteran and non-profit community through her singing appearances, TV show, community involvement, and her 501c3 organization https://www.voiceforheroes.org/. Her upcoming project is the new spokesperson for Future Legends Fund 501c3 partnered with the Rancho Santa Fe California Rotary Club.

Amy now continues to accomplish all she has built and dreamed of while battling an incurable disease that has shut down her digestive system. She lives on IV treatments for her nutrients and has not let the disease define her life and spirit. Her voice is a gift to many. She uses it not only for music, but to inspire and encourage others to not give up and live a life with passion and purpose.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has definitely not been smooth. I  started as a single mother at 18 years old. At age 29, after a divorce and once again a single mother, I had to find a career and still pursue my passions while supporting the household. I was able to succeed in sales as a Wholesale Mortgage Lending Account Executive while still performing and pursuing my music career. In January 2007, I had severe health issues that required major surgery while simultaneously the mortgage and real estate industry collapsed nation wide. It was time to re calculate my route.

I decided to use the business skills I had learned in sales to launch my music career full time. In 2008, I was honored with my first major performance opening for Clint Black in Arizona. That kick started the next years of national stage shows with some of country musics greatest artists, an endorsement with the American Veterans of California and many other performance opportunities while touring.

2011 brought the sudden loss of my endorsement contract with AMVETS and the kids and I lost our home. Within months of those events, our dear friend and bass player suddenly died of a heart attack.

That time of grief and loss helped make the decision that brought me to San Diego to start over and make my way in the mortgage real estate industry again. I would keep my music and performing on a request basis. That difficult transition and decision thankfully brought new healing and hope. The relationships, opportunities, and successes here in San Diego have made all the journey worthwhile. I can proudly call this my home now for eight years and am so grateful for all that has taken place. So many amazing people have blessed my life and become forever friends. In 2014 I married my own hero who spent 30 years as a Federal Agent and I am grateful for the full life we have together with 6 kids combined.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am proud of the years building my career as a recording artist along with my work with the veteran and military community. I would have never dreamed years ago that it would lead to being a TV Host and Motivational Speaker. I am enjoying my current performances as a Jazz Artist and am looking forward to exciting appearances on that platform this year along with my Keynote Speaking. I love the team and the work as the face and voice for Synergy One Lending. I am proud of the journey that has to lead me to have a career of empowering and giving back. My slogan is “be contagious, not competitive” and I truly hope that my story continues to resonate and impact those around me. I am most proud of my role as a wife and mother.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My wonderful parents Tom and Marilou Scruggs have been selfless in their love and support through every season and journey.  My loving husband Brad Galvan carries me through each day whether sick or strong and gives his unconditional support, love, and guidance.  My incredible children Ryan 27, Jeff 21, Matt 19  and Alisa 13 have endured so much with me and I am so thankful for all the love they give. Each of them are wonderful and talented in so many ways and they own my heart. There are so many people along the way for 27 years that contributed to each step on each path and I am thankful for them all. My team at Synergy One Lending and The American Dream TV have been amazing the past two years supporting all that I do to work in my passion and skill set. I am grateful for Nature and Science Medicine in Encinitas, Ca for all the care they give as they help me daily battle my disease. My Rancho Santa Fe Rotary family is incredible support and the team at Future Legends give me the privilege to represent their amazing foundation that is helping create our future inspiring stories.

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Cheryl Leon photography

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