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Interview with singer-songwriter Amy Lawton

BY BETH OWEN

IMAGES BY LAUREN CASSERLY

Introducing the new girl on the music scene, singer-songwriter Amy Lawton. Amy, 21, is currently on a 20 show tour of student unions across the UK with Coffee House Sessions. She has been developing her sound over the past few years with platinum song writer Matty Benbrook, who has worked with the likes of Paolo Nutini, Dido and Jake Bugg.

Within moments of her beginning the first song of her set, I fell in love with her sound. It is somewhat hard to place her music in a genre but there are definite country and/or folk vibes. Her music is reminiscent of some of her favourite artists such as Suzanne Vega, Jenny Mitchell and Carole King.

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Amy has gained support from the likes of BBC Radio 2 and making it onto The Times Essential Tracks list. She first heard her new single Hurts Like Paradise (now available on itunes and spotify) on BBC Radio 2 whilst working a shift as a waitress. Overwhelmed with excitement that her song was playing on the radio she dropped everything she was doing and jumped up and down in elation. (Unfortunately, the man who didn’t receive his sandwich couldn’t relate to her excitement.)

Amy is no stranger to performing since she started in a band aged 13. She later decided to go solo at age 15 but since has really come into her own. It was only when she moved to London around two years ago that she regularly began attending gigs and really embracing the music scene.

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She is a strong believer in doing what makes you happy and not compromising on who you are. So with the support of her friends she decided to pursue her career in music. With a new single Don’t Bring Louise on the horizon, Amy hopes to continue her music journey. Stay true to her passion for story telling through her lyrics, Don’t Bring Louise, is based on a real-life scenario. It’s about a girl who dated her ex-boyfriend. No beef here though, she doesn’t even know Louise but used the scenario as inspiration for a song.

And finally, Amy’s advice for young budding musicians is to get as much exposure as you can through social media.

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