Amy Macdonald was born August 25, 1987 in Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow and is a Scottish singer/songwriter. Her debut album, This Is the Life, was released on July 30, 2007 and has now sold over 1 million copies. Her first single, “Poison Prince”, was released on May 7, 2007. She has played shows at music festivals such as Glastonbury, Hyde Park, T in the Park, and V festival. She has signed a record deal with Vertigo, the same record label which hosts The Killers and Razorlight. Macdonald started playing on-stage acoustic gigs at the age of 15. Her main influences include Travis and The Libertines.
Reviewers often cite Amy Macdonald as a shy spoken 20 year old girl who comes alive with her booming singing voice. Despite her Scottish origins, her singing voice has been described as partly Irish. She has also called herself a slight tomboy. On her MySpace blog, she mentions cars, such as Audis, and video games as her interests. Macdonald has also expressed how fast her life is moving when she mentions her admiration when meeting other singers from the UK such as Travis’s Fran Healy and Elton John.
Macdonald is the first artist to have a single featured on Bebo/iTunes “Free single of the week” program starting June 23, 2007. The free single, Youth of Today, was written when she was 15 years old. The video for her next single, L.A. has been filmed in Malaga, Spain. The song itself is about having and valuing your own dreams. She has also appeared as a musical performing guest on several popular British and foreign shows such as The Album Chart Show, Loose Women, Friday Night Project, Taratata (France), and This Morning. Her next single will be This Is the Life from the album of the same name. The song was featured on Chris Evans’s BBC Radio 2 as a possible future hit. Her album also won her the best newcomer of 2007 award by Radio Forth. She has attributed the success of her album to constant gigging rather than internet promotion. She recently picked up the best newcomer awards at the prestigious silver clef awards. adapted from Wikipedia