Amazing (Matt Cardle song)

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Single by Matt Cardle
from the album Letters
Released 19 February 2012 (2012-02-19)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Indie Pop
Length 3:59
Label Syco Music, Columbia
Writer(s) Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington, Matt Cardle, Ash Howes, Richard Stannard
Producer(s) Richard 'Biff' Stannard
Matt Cardle singles chronology
"It's Only Love"

"Amazing" is a song by British singer-songwriter Matt Cardle, released as the third single from his debut studio album, Letters, on 19 February 2012. The song was co-written by Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington, Ash Howes, Richard Stannard and Cardle himself. The single was backed with an all-new track, "All Is Said", as well as a live version of "Slowly", and a studio version of his cover of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face".

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review, stating: "Co-written by the man himself and produced by Richard Stannard – Ellie Goulding, Will Young – 'Amazing' will do little to deter his detractors who claim he is nothing more than mushy MOR guitar-pop, but it should easily please his larger-than-you'd-think fanbase. Yes, it's another Keane-esque guitar-strumming number, the lyrics are clichéd – "Look inside this fragile heart of mine" – and he belts out his trademark ad-libs at the end, but – whisper it – sometimes you just can't beat a bit of no-frills pop." 3/5 stars.[1]


On 9 June 2016, it was reported that Ed Sheeran was being sued by "Amazing" songwriters Harrington and Leonard, for $20 million for copyright infringement. The lawsuit says: "Given the striking similarity between the chorus of Amazing and Photograph, (the) defendants knew when writing, publishing, recording, releasing, and distributing Photograph that they were infringing on a pre-existing musical composition."[2] The lawsuit was privately settled in April 2017, with no admission of guilt.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Amazing" premiered on 13 January 2012, at a total length of four minutes and six-seconds.[4] The video shows scenes of Cardle performing the song in a dark room, direct to camera. Certain shots are filmed in a laissez-faire[clarification needed] style, with the camera and boom operators being seen in shot. It also shows scenes of couples in the surrounding studio, either upset or re-uniting.

Track listing[edit]

Digital EP[5]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Amazing" Matt Cardle, Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington, Ash Howes, Richard Stannard 3:58
2. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Studio Mix) Ewan MacColl 3:36
3. "All Is Said" (Demo) Matt Cardle, James Walsh, Eliot James 3:54
4. "Slowly" (Live from Koko) Matt Cardle, Eg White, David Sneddon 4:00
Promotional CD single[6]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Amazing" Matt Cardle, Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington, Ash Howes, Richard Stannard 3:31
2. "Amazing" (Instrumental) Matt Cardle, Tom Leonard, Martin Harrington, Ash Howes, Richard Stannard 3:31

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[7] 84


  1. ^ "Matt Cardle: 'Amazing' - Single review - Music Singles Review". Digital Spy. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  2. ^ "Ed Sheeran is being sued for $20m by two songwriters over his track Photograph". Newsbeat. BBC Online. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah. "Ed Sheeran may regret Photograph that led to $20m copyright case". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Matt Cardle - Amazing". YouTube. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  5. ^ "Amazing: Matt Cardle: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  6. ^ "Matt Cardle // Starlight & Amazing | Rushes Blog". 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  7. ^ "Official UK Singles Top 100 - 29th June 2013 | Official UK Top 40 | music charts | Official Singles Chart". Archived from the original on 6 November 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 

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