Local Gold Coaster Amy Elise has a big future ahead of her. At just 14 years old, Amy has just released her debut single ‘How Bout No’.
With her love of music starting at an early age, Amy has written and recorded her debut single in Nashville USA. The song is a story about teenage girls and boys and social media - a song of its time... a teenage anthem.
Amy was awarded most promising contemporary performer at last year’s Gold Coast Eisteddfod. With so much talent on offer for this Palm Beach local, we wanted to know more, so we sat down with Amy to get to know her better.
When did your love of music start?
When I was six month’s old, my mum started taking me to a Kinder Music classes, and since then I have pretty much always had music in my life – at home and at school, through private lessons, on my own and with my friends, and now through writing, recording and performing as well.
What made you get into the music industry?
I started singing lessons and guitar lessons when I was about eight years old and have always loved to perform. At school I took every opportunity I could to perform on stage. I was in choir, band, dance, school musicals, and then I started entering competitions as a vocalist. I started busking, rather than getting a regular job because it was a good way to earn money and then started performing at Open Mics gigs anywhere that I could get the chance. Last year I started songwriting, and I learned with the help of a mentor through some workshops. I then did my first recording, and now I can’t imagine doing anything else! My passion for music made me want to share it with others. I want to make people happy with my music... the way that many other artists have done for me.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by the artists I listen to, bands like Panic! At the Disco, Waterparks, Paramore, Billie Eilish, and also local Live Music Artists making a living through their craft on the Gold Coast like Benny D Williams. But I am also inspired by others around me in my music journey such as my music teachers and my peers.
Have you collaborated with any other artists?
My debut release is a writing collaboration with Katie Cole, recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville in January this year. I also recorded another track in Nashville which will be released later in the year, and that was co-written with Chris Brush. These are the only two of my songs that have been co-written, the rest I have written myself. Locally I have collaborated with Benny D Williams for production and recording of some of my tracks.
You’re about to release your debut single! Tell us about it.
The song ‘How Bout No’ is a song about negotiating first relationships, teenage angst, not knowing if you can trust people and standing strong in your right to say no if it doesn’t feel right. It’s also about karma – that for those who don’t treat you right “what goes around comes around”. It was written in a co-writing session with Katie Cole at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. Katie is from Australia but is working in the industry in Nashville. She is an amazingly talented musician and writer amongst other things and is a touring musician with Smashing Pumpkins. The song has an alt/pop vibe, and an acoustic sound. It was recorded in the studio with a single session guitarist on an acoustic guitar. It is a great song to sing and play on guitar, and has some fun melodies, hooks and chord progressions in it. It will be released towards the end of March on all streaming platforms, and Triple J Unearthed. I am also recording a music video soon to go along with it.
Do you have other exciting things coming up?
Yes, I am just continuing to build the foundation for what is hopefully a long term career. I am planning to release other tracks this year and will be back in the recording studio in April. I am playing my first Festival in April at Beaudesert Rock and Country Festival. I just hope to continue writing and recording, gain a following for my music and continue to get better and better.
What do you love about the Gold Coast?
I love the friendly atmosphere and love that there is easy access to many different types of places – the beach and Hinterland and Northern NSW. I also love that there is lots of good quality free live music on the Gold Coast at community events, and a great local music industry that I really want to be a part of.
Where can we see more of you?
I am currently busking at 19th Avenue Shopping Centre every week, and sometimes at Piggabeen Markets, and often play at Get Hooked Seafood at Tweed Heads. I regularly perform at Open Mic at Palm Beach Hotel, and I am really excited to be appearing as the First 15 Act at the Mudgeeraba Summertime Sessions in the Village on Friday 8 March. I will also be doing a Youth Week performance at Coolangatta on 6 April, and I am playing at the Beaudesert Rock and Country Festival on 20 April. I am really keen to get more gigs and perform more often – I hope that the release of my single may open up other doors. Opportunity can sometimes be limited by my age, but I keep searching to find gigs that are a right fit.
What do you like doing when you’re not singing?
I like to watch Youtube, listen to music, go to live gigs whenever I can. love to spend time with my friends, I play netball and dance for fitness, and I need to take time to keep on top of my school work too because I have a really busy schedule. What would your advice be to anyone who wants to achieve their dreams and goals? You need to say yes to opportunity when it’s offered even if it might feel scary or overwhelming – I was offered by Vocal Adrenaline Performing Arts to travel to Nashville with a group of students to write and record, and it was the best opportunity I could have had to progress towards my goals although it was daunting. You need to persevere, make the effort, keep going, stick to what you love and don’t give up, achieving your goals takes a lot of hard work, and you need to keep it up for the long haul.
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