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Amy Rose On Songwriting

Amy Rose On Songwriting

Amy Rose is a singer/songwriter from Ontario, Canada who just released her third CD on September 30. Her song “(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck” reached #6 last month on the New Music Weekly country chart and has received over 400,000 YouTube views while earning a spot on the Yallwire Top 25 Most Viewed videos chart.

Amy has recently received a 2013 Ontario Country Music Association award nomination for Rising Star, three nominations and one award win in the 2013 Independent Country Music Association awards, and four nominations in the 2013 International Music and Entertainment Association awards. On top of all that, she had the opportunity to perform in front of 15,000 people at the Music In The Fields festival in August.

Rick:

For starters, congratulations Amy for receiving four nominations from the International Music and Entertainment Association for Country
Female Vocalist of the Year, Country Entertainer of the Year,
Music Video of the Year, and Country Song of the Year for I Just Want You To Know. How has all this recent recognition started coming your way?

Amy:

I have been blessed with great family, friends and fans who have been so supportive. Plus I have a kick-butt manager who is absolutely incredible and has been working extremely hard in helping me make my dreams come true.

Rick:

You have a new US radio single that has just been released called Sunshine. It’s a hauntingly beautiful and dark melody–what’s the background on this song?

Amy:

This is a song that from the moment I heard it I was hooked and knew it was a song I wanted to record. The lyrical message is so powerful, it brings you to that place in time where we can’t escape the hurt or pain from the loss of a loved one. We try to continue in life but have that one simple question that seems to be the hardest question: How?

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Rick:

You recently performed at the Ontario Loves Alberta Musical Flood Raiser to benefit the victims of the June 2013 flood in Alberta, Canada. What was the best part of that gig?

Amy:

Honestly the best part of this show was knowing that by doing what I love to do — sing — was helping others in need from a terrible disaster. I can’t imagine what the people of Alberta have been going through and hope I never have to experience that. It was such an honor being part of a great cause with many other amazing entertainers stepping up to the plate to help out. Big kudos to the fabulous organizers who spent countless hours and time making this show happen. It’s people like them who make this world a better place.

Rick:

Where, in your opinion, do good original songs come from?

Amy:

Simple answer baby, “THE HEART…” 🙂

Rick:

What’s typically the easiest part of writing a song for you?

Amy:

I definitely find it easier to write a song when I have a co-writer especially when they are in the same frame of mind as me. I actually did a co-write session a few weeks back with an amazing songwriter from the Ottawa area where we both came in with an idea and it was like we were one brain during the whole process. We ended up writing the song in less then an hour) Gotta love that when it happens!

Rick:

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What have you learned so far about the process of marketing original music?

Amy:

It’s a hard industry to break into and I honestly do believe that it’s about separating yourself from others and find that one thing that makes you different from the rest. Alright singers with alright songs are alright BUT does alright really make it in this industry? Believing in your craft and having a great song will go a long way.

Rick:

What words of wisdom can you offer to your fellow songwriters?

Amy:

Someone very wise once told me for every one person who doesn’t want you succeed that there are hundreds more that do/ So keep positive, stay motivated and don’t give up because for every one door that closes another will open.

(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck

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