Amy Macdonald at the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards.
|Birth name||Amy Macdonald|
|Born||25 August 1987|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, musician|
Her debut album, This Is the Life, was released on 30 July 2007 and has sold more than 2.5 million copies. Her first single, "Poison Prince", was released on 7 May 2007. She played shows at music festivals such as Glastonbury, Hyde Park, T in the Park, and V festival and Beladrum Tartan Heart Festival. Amy is signed to record company Vertigo. Amy's vocal range is contralto.
Macdonald started playing on stage acoustic gigs at 15. Her influences include Travis, The Killers, Pete Doherty, and Bruce Springsteen. After several shows in mainland Europe, Macdonald played at festivals such as V Fest during the summer of 2008.
Macdonald attended Bishopbriggs High School. She is a self-taught musician, playing her father's guitar after being inspired by Travis at the T in the Park Festival in 2000, where she heard Travis' song "Turn" and wanted to play it herself.
Macdonald started playing in pubs and coffee houses around Glasgow at 15, including the Brunswick Cellars on Sauchiehall Street. She sent a demo CD in response to an advertisement placed in the NME by a new production company set up by songwriters Pete Wilkinson and Sarah Erasmus called Melodramatic Records.
In an interview with HitQuarters, Wilkinson said he was "literally aghast" at her songwriting abilities when first he heard Macdonald play the songs 'This is the Life' and 'Mr Rock n Roll'.
"I said, “Amy, who wrote those songs?” And she said, “I did.” I said, “No, you didn't,” giggling, hoping she really did. She said, “I bloody well did!” I told her she was extraordinarily talented, and the moment she sang those songs I remembered her voice and the hooks, which out of 500 [demos submitted] was a very good sign."
Wilkinson then spent around eight or nine months recording demos with Amy at his home studio with a view to securing a record deal for his new client.
Reviewers have described Macdonald as softly spoken but with a booming singing voice. Despite her Scottish origins, her singing voice is described as partly Irish and similar to Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries. She has called herself a slight tomboy. On her MySpace blog, she mentions cars, such as Audis, and video games as her interests.
Macdonald got press coverage when she questioned whether the 2007 winner of The X Factor, Leon Jackson, was suffering from tonsillitis, referring to it as "lazyitis". This was because Amy had tonsillitis at the same time but still performed at Glasgow and at the BBC's Hogmanay Live show the same night.
She appeared as a musical performing guest on British and foreign shows including The Album Chart Show, Loose Women, Friday Night Project, Taratata (France), and This Morning. She won the best newcomer award at the Silver Clef awards.
In 2007, Macdonald released her debut album, titled This Is the Life. The album became the UK's #1 album for 1 week. The album debuted at #2 in the UK in its first week but then fell to 4 and then to 6 in its third week. The first single from the album, "Poison Prince", was only a limited release. The second single, "Mr. Rock and Roll", became Macdonald's first top 40 song charting at #12 in the United Kingdom. However the third single, L.A., missed the top 40 at #48, but however managed #5 in the Scottish singles chart. The fourth and most successful single, "This Is the Life", charted at #28 in the UK, but was #1 in five other European countries. The single was awarded Platinum in Germany and Belgium and Gold in Spain and Switzerland. The fifth single, "Run", gave Macdonald her second lowest chart position in the UK at #75. However Run charted at #36 in Germany. The sixth and final single was the re-release of "Poison Prince", but charted at #148 in the UK, Macdonald's lowest chart position.
The album has sold over 3 million records worldwide.
Macdonald stated she will start working on a new album in 2009. According to her Twitter she is writing for the album and she has recorded some bedroom demos. She said "Some of the sounds are just amazing and we've managed to persuade one of my favourite artists to whack some stuff down on them, but you'll have to wait and see." According to music-week magazine, the album, yet to be titled, will be released on 8th March 2010. It will be preceded by the single, "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" a week earlier on 1st March 2010. The single was released to UK radio on 11th January. Amy performed the new single on the Simon Mayo Show on BBC radio 2 on the same day. . "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" has been released to radio in countries like UK, Switzerland, Germany and France.
Amy Macdonald won the "Best International Newcomer" Award, and played "This Is the Life" at the award show.
She won Best Newcomer at the Tartan Clef Awards.
Macdonald won Best New Comer at the Silver Clef Awards
Macdonald won Best International Album and Best International Song at the Swiss Music Awards.
|2009||Echo Awards (2009)||Best Newcomer International||Won|
|2008||Daily Record||Scottish Person of the Year (2008)||Won|
|2007||Silver Clef Award||Best Newcomer||Won|