Sept. 22, 2009
Singer Amy Kuney, 24, has experienced an incredible journey at any early age. At age 13, her family moved from Oklahoma to Honduras to live as missionaries for six years. For a young teenager, the experience was upsetting, having nothing but what she could fit into her suitcase and living an atypical life in a culture greatly affected by poverty. At age 17, Amy and her friends were kidnapped by a group of rebels while on a Guatamala sightseeing trip; eventually, they were let go. That life-changing experience forced her to concentrate on her songwriting efforts, and it has paid off tremendously.
Amy has since kept busy in her music career, signing with record label Spin Move Records and releasing her debut album Bird’s Eye View in August 2008 (also available on iTunes). Her song “All Downhill From Here” has been featured on the Season 5 finale of One Tree Hill and her song “So Help Me God” has aired on the NBC daytime soap opera Passions.
Her rich, soulful voice has been compared to artists Sarah McLachlan and Fiona Apple and her music is blended with upbeat and mellow tunes—most comparable to indie pop. This talented singer also composes her own lyrics and plays the piano and guitar. She has opened for singers Kate Voegele, Gavin Rossdale, and Damien Rice and groups The Veronicas and The Rescues—not too shabby for someone who got “the worst grade in college in voice class.” Though, Amy does have a bad singing habit, revealing that she forces her voice without warming up. “I get impatient and warming up takes time!”
This newcomer has even dabbled with acting, playing a folk singer and performing her songs in two episodes of Gilmore Girls. When asked if she would like to take on more acting roles, Amy replies, “I’m not sure. I’ve thought about it, but right now music is my first priority and takes up all of my time.”
Amy has also set the trend for YouTube covers, posting cover songs by Sara Bareilles, OneRepublic, Coldplay, Leona Lewis, and many more. So how does she feel about aspiring musicians covering her songs? “I’m so flattered with fans [that] make YouTube videos of my songs. It’s so crazy to me to think that people actually know and memorize my songs enough to cover them.”
Most recently, Amy celebrated her birthday on August 6th—on tour! “I actually played a show on my birthday. Ha. I played at the OC Fair, but it was great. Some of my fans brought me presents, balloons and flowers.” Amy also got to indulge in her latest obsession, scoring tickets to see her favorite singer Keane in Oregon and getting the band’s DVDs for her birthday.
She’s still getting accustomed to her lifestyle in the music industry, stating, “I think the hardest part is realizing how dishonest and ‘sleazy’ people can get when money comes into the picture. I’ve heard about it, and to actually see it is astounding and sad.”
Fortunately, fame hasn’t gotten to Amy’s head. “I’d like to be more fashionable. I lived in a third world country for six years and missed out on a lot. I’m still catching up and it shows!”
Currently, Amy has been busy on the road touring and performing at high schools, co-writing, and collaborating with new music producers. Eventually, she would like to take on producing. “I’ve done some co-producing lately and I really enjoy it, so absolutely! I can see that in my future.”
Amy’s schedule has been both exciting and hectic but after a long, demanding day, she enjoys watching Adult Swim and cleaning her laptop desk as a way to unwind—and she certainly deserves it!
To learn more about Amy Kuney, please visit www.SpinMoveRecords.com. Please visit her official MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/AmyKuney to listen to her music or to view her tour schedule.