Amy Kuney

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Amy Kuney (AMES)
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Background information
Birth name Amy Kathryn Kuney
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Pop, Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Years active 2008–present

Amy Kuney, also known by AMES, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician based in Los Angeles, California. [1]

Early life[edit]

Kuney began piano lessons at the age of four and participated in piano recitals and church performances growing up. She wrote her first song at the age of 12.[2] 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.[3] Kuney 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.[2][4]


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.[5]. The song was also featured in the documentary "Catfish." Other placements include: The Blacklist (NBC), Looking (HBO), Hemlock Grove (Netflix), So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) and advertisements for Macy’s, Kleenex, and Pandora.

Kuney opened for The Veronicas in the summer of 2008.[6]

After he heard her cover of his song, The Blower's Daughter, on YouTube, Damien Rice invited Kuney to tour with him in Iceland.[7]

Spin Move Records released Kuney's debut full-length album, "Bird's Eye View," on August 12, 2008.[8][9]

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.[10]

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.[11][12]


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."[13]

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.[14] The compilation included music by LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups, Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, amongst others. "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.[15]

In 2013, Amy Kuney formed a band called MYPET with Ray Brady and Elmo Lovano. They released their single "Pays to Know" through UK label Luv Luv Luv and toured Europe. [16]

In 2015, she was awarded with the ASCAP Sammy Cahn Songwriting Award for her song "The World". Past winners include John Mayer and Lori McKenna. [17]

Kuney signed a publishing deal in 2015 with Kobalt Music. She is currently releasing music under "Ames" and writing for other artists.

On September 7, 2017, Kelly Clarkson released "Move You" which was co-written by Amy Kuney.

On October 27, 2017, Kelly Clarkson released "Slow Dance" which was co-written by Amy Kuney.


Kuney became well known for her videos on YouTube, which included covers and original songs. Kuney has posted covers of songs by Joni Mitchell, Damien Rice, P!nk, Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay, Jace Everett, Patty Griffin, and Sam Sparro.[18]




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)
2013 "Pays to Know" Pays to Know (Single)
2015 "Make It" Make It (Single)
2015 "Fluid" Fluid (Single)
2016 "Harder" Harder (Single)
2016 "Flowers for Anna" Flowers for Anna (Single)


  1. ^ "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 "Luna Guitars Featured Artist Amy Kuney". 
  3. ^ "Amy Kuney (bio)". Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  4. ^ Kerner, Kenny. "TAXI Member Success Amy Kuney, 'Hard Work and a Whole Lot of Perseverance'". 
  5. ^ "Episode 18 Season Finale What Comes After the Blues Music". One Tree Hill Blog. 
  6. ^ "Kate Voegele Online • Your #1 Fan Source for Kate Voegele on the Web!". 2008-08-17. Archived from the original on 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  7. ^ Eskimo Friends: A Damien Rice Fan Site Archived September 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Spin Move Records". 
  9. ^ Lush, Brian. "Rockwire interview: Amy Kuney". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  10. ^ The Music Tee Archived August 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Gavin Rossdale Is Nice". NBC Southern California. 
  12. ^ "The Donate Life Concert Series Presented by Palm Comes to a Close with a Dynamic Performance by Rocker Gavin Rossdale at The Grove -- Wednesday, August 26". 
  13. ^ "8.02 I Can't See You, But I Know You're There Music". One Tree Hill Blog. 
  14. ^ "GASOLINE RAINBOWS Releasing to Help Gulf of Mexico Communities". Music News Net. Archived from the original on 2010-11-15. 
  15. ^ "Gasoline Rainbows" on SYTYCDC. Vimeo. 
  16. ^ "MYPET Press". 
  17. ^ "The 2015 ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award Goes to ASCAP Singer/Songwriter Amy Kuney". Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  18. ^ AMES. YouTube. 

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