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
Website www.amykuney.com

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]

Career[edit]

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.[3]

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.[3][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]

Kuney opened for Kate Voegele along with The Veronicas on three dates in Summer 2008.[6]

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.[7]

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

Kuney opened for Kate Voegele for ten dates on Voegele's Lift Me Up Tour from May 29, 2009 to June 11, 2009.[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 during the last date on August 26, 2009. Varsity Fan Club also performed.[11][12]

2010–present[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."[13]

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."[14]

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.[15]

"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.[16][17]

YouTube[edit]

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.[18] 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."[19]

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.[20]

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."[21]

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.[21][22]

She and Sergio Rivero, winner of Operación Triunfo's Fourth Series, covered "Happy" from Leona Lewis as a duet in November.[23]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

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)

Collaborations[edit]

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

References[edit]

External links[edit]