Amy Kuney

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Amy Kuney
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Background information
Birth name Amy Kathryn Kuney
Born (1985-08-06) August 6, 1985 (age 29)[1]
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Pop, Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Years active 2005–present

Amy Kathryn Kuney (born August 6, 1985[1]) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist.

Early life[edit]

At the age of 13, Kuney's father moved the family from their home in Oklahoma to Honduras to live as missionaries after he saw a video highlighting the destruction of Hurricane Mitch.[2]

In March 2003, while on a Guatemala sightseeing trip at the age of 17, Kuney and her friends were kidnapped by a group of rebels who eventually let them go.[2][3] Kuney used this experience to focus her songwriting efforts and wrote the song "How the Wind Must Feel" about the experience.[2]


Kuney began piano lessons at the age of four and participated in piano recitals and church performances growing up.[2]

Kuney wrote her first song at the age of twelve.[4]

She started playing guitar when she taught herself guitar chords off of a poster her dad bought from Wal-Mart after a trip to the United States at the age of 16.[4][5]

2008–2010: Bird's Eye View[edit]

Amy Kuney, January 2011

Kuney's song, which she co-wrote with Tim Myers, "All Downhill From Here" opened the season 5 finale of One Tree Hill (TV series) on May 19, 2008.[6]

Kuney opened for Kate Voegele along with The Veronicas on three dates in Summer 2008.[7]

After he heard her cover of his song, The Blower's Daughter, on YouTube, Damien Rice invited Kuney to play shows with him in Iceland in July 2008.[8]

Spin Move Records released Kuney's debut full-length album, "Bird's Eye View," on August 12, 2008.[9]

On Jan. 27, 2009, Kuney released a single package for her song, "Thank You For Last Night." The single release included a single mix of "Thank You For Last Night," a Spanish version, "Gracias Por Anoche," and a cover of Nanci Griffith's 1988 release, "Little Love Affairs."[9]

Kuney wrote the song "Chocolate" in honor of Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce because Lynn Lasher invested in Kuney's career.[10] The song is offered as a free download on the Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce website.[11]

Kuney won the grand prize on with the single mix of her song, "Thank You For Last Night," in March 2009. Placed in the "Pop" music channel, the song beat out the winners from every other channel.[12] Kuney also won the chance perform at JetBlue Airways' new Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport through's "Live from T5 Contest" during July 2009.[13][14]

Kuney opened for Kate Voegele for ten dates on Voegele's Lift Me Up Tour from May 29, 2009 to June 11, 2009.[15]

LnA Clothing featured Kuney's song, "Simple Things," on "The Invisible DJ LnA Music Tee," which the company released online and at Ron Herman stores starting in May 2009. Purchasers of the t-shirt received a code to download all of the songs listed on the t-shirt from the LnA website.[16]

As part of Donate Life's Concert Series at The Grove at Farmers Market presented by Palm, Inc. and the Palm Pre and hosted by KBIG-FM, Kuney opened for Gavin Rossdale during the last date on August 26, 2009. Varsity Fan Club also performed.[17][18]

2010–present: Onyx[edit]

The reality-thriller Catfish features Kuney's song with Tim Myers during the turning point of the film. The character Megan sends Nev MP3s of her songs, including one named "Downhill." The song, which Megan claims to be her own, is actually a live acoustic YouTube version of Kuney singing "All Downhill From Here."[19]

One Tree Hill featured Kuney's song, "Hope A Little Harder," on their September 21, 2010 episode, "I Can't See You, But I Know You're There."[20]

Her song, "Gasoline Rainbows," was featured as the title track on a compilation album, also titled Gasoline Rainbows, benefitting the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which released on November 30, 2010. The album was put together by Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols and features songs by Damien Rice, Phoenix (band), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Silversun Pickups, City and Colour, The National (band), The Black Keys, Onward, Soldiers, Passion Pit, Surfer Blood, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, LCD Soundsystem, and Vampire Weekend.[21]

"Gasoline Rainbows" was also featured in the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. A dance to the song was choreographed by Stacey Tookey and performed by dancers Geisha Chin and Joey Arrigo.[22][23]

Kuney is currently in the studio working on her next full-length album, titled "Onyx."[24]

She released her song, "Where I Can't Follow," on August 16, 2011, and "Waiting For You" on September 13, 2011 as the first two of three promotional singles of her new music.[25] The song "Waiting For You" was inspired by Lady Gaga.[26] Her third single, "Kiss Me Like You Mean It," was released on November 1, 2011.[27]


Kuney is known for her videos on YouTube, which include covers and original songs. Kuney has posted covers of songs by Joni Mitchell, The Script, Damien Rice, P!nk, Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay, The Moldy Peaches, Jace Everett, Patty Griffin, and Sam Sparro.[28] Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times commented on Kuney's YouTube videos in the LA Times blog, Soundboard, mentioning that she found her voice "especially lovely."[29]

Her cover of The Script's single "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" won the band's YouTube cover contest, which allowed Kuney to meet the band.[30]

She also responded to the Kanye West and Taylor Swift incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards by rewriting the lyrics to Swift's song Love Story from the perspective of Swift's alter-ego, "T-Swizzle."[31]

Kuney parodied an obsession with Twilight actor Robert Pattinson by covering Miley Cyrus's song Obsessed and filming herself with a blow-up doll that modeled Pattinson.[31][32]

She and Sergio Rivero, winner of Operación Triunfo's Fourth Series, covered "Happy" from Leona Lewis as a duet in November.[33]




  • 2005: EP


Year Title Album
2008 "All Downhill From Here (feat. Tim Myers)" All Downhill From Here (Single)
"Love Is Trippy" (promo) Bird's Eye View
"River" River (Single)
2010 "Hope A Little Harder" Hope A Little Harder (Single)
"Gasoline Rainbows" Gasoline Rainbows
2011 "Gasoline Rainbows" Gasoline Rainbows (Single)
"Where I Can't Follow" Where I Can't Follow (Single)
"Waiting For You" Waiting For You (Single)
"Kiss Me Like You Mean It" Kiss Me Like You Mean It (Single)
2012 "Show Me Your Fire" Show Me Your Fire (Single)


The following songs are credited with Amy Kuney on either lead or backing vocals.


  1. ^ a b "Amy Kuney: A Deep Journey From A Bird’s Eye View". Press Release. September 22, 2009. Singer Amy Kuney, 24 ... her birthday on August 6th 
  2. ^ a b c d Official Website
  3. ^ Donovan, Gill (April 18, 2003). "U.S. missionary killed during roadside robbery". National Catholic Reporter. 
  4. ^ a b Luna Guitars Featured Artist Amy Kuney
  5. ^ Taxi Passenger Profile: Amy Kuney
  6. ^ One Tree Hill Blog: What Comes After the Blues Music
  7. ^ Myspace Records Lands First Headlining Tour Sponsor
  8. ^ Eskimo Friends: A Damien Rice Fan Site
  9. ^ a b Spin Move Records
  10. ^ Amy Kuney performing "Chocolate"
  11. ^ Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce
  12. ^ OurStage's Top 10 March 2009 Winners
  13. ^ JetBlue Airways' "Live from T5"
  14. ^ The Winners of JetBlue's "Live from T5" Competition
  15. ^ Kate Voegele's MySpace Tour Page
  16. ^ The Music Tee
  17. ^ NBC LA: Gavin Rossdale is Nice
  18. ^ The Donate Life Concert Series
  19. ^ Catfish, A Virtual Romance – Indie Eye
  20. ^ One Tree Hill Blog
  21. ^ Music News Net - Gasoline Rainbows Benefit Album
  22. ^ "Gasoline Rainbows" on SYTYCD Canada
  23. ^ So You Think You Can Dance Canada
  24. ^ Amy Kuney Bio
  25. ^ ArtistDirect: Amy Kuney to Release a Song Per Month
  26. ^ Waiting For You - New Single on iTunes
  27. ^ New Song: Kiss Me Like You Mean It
  28. ^ Official Youtube Page
  29. ^ Soundboard: Coldplay is for all of us – Ann Powers
  30. ^ The Script Cover Contest
  31. ^ a b Amy Kuney's response as T-Swizzle to the Kanye West/Taylor Swift Incident at the 2009 VMAs
  32. ^ Obsessed with Robert Pattinson Parody by Amy Kuney
  33. ^ Amy Kuney and Sergio Rivero cover "Happy"

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