Amy MacDonald Biography

Macdonald attended Bishopbriggs High School. She is a self-taught musician, playing her father's guitar after being inspired by Travis at the T in the Park Festival in 2000, where she heard Travis' song "Turn" and wanted to play it herself.

Macdonald started playing in pubs and coffee houses around Glasgow at 15, including the Brunswick Cellars on Sauchiehall Street. She sent a demo CD to an advertisement in NME and was signed to production company.

Reviewers have described Macdonald as softly spoken but with a booming singing voice. Despite her Scottish origins, her singing voice is described as partly Irish and similar to Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries. She has called herself a slight tomboy. On her MySpace blog, she mentions cars, such as Audis, and video games as her interests. Macdonald expressed how fast her life is moving when she mentions her admiration when meeting other singers from the UK such as Travis's Fran Healy and Elton John.

Macdonald got press coverage when she questioned whether the 2007 winner of The X Factor, Leon Jackson, was suffering from tonsillitis, referring to it as "lazyitis". This was because Amy had tonsillitis at the same time but still performed at Glasgow and at the BBC's Hogmanay Live show the same night.

Macdonald is the first artist to have a single featured on Bebo/iTunes' "Free Single of the Week" program. The free single, "Youth of Today", was written when she was 15.

She appeared as a musical performing guest on British and foreign shows such as The Album Chart Show, Loose Women, Friday Night Project, Taratata (France), and This Morning. She has also won the best newcomer award at the Silver Clef awards.

In 2007 Macdonald released her debut album titled This is The Life. The album became the UK's #1 album for 1 week. The album debuted at #2 in the UK in its first week but then fell to 4 and then to 6 in its third week. The first single from the album "Poison Prince" was only a limited release. The second single "Mr. Rock and Roll" became Macdonald's first top 40 song charting at #12 in the United Kingdom. However the third single L.A. missed the top 40 at #48, but however managed #5 in the Scottish singles chart. The fourth and most successful single "This Is the Life" charted at #28 in the UK, but was #1 in five other European countries. The single was awarded Platinum in Germany and Belgium and Gold in Spain and Switzerland. The fifth single "Run" gave Macdonald her second lowest chart position in the UK at #75. However Run charted at #36 in Germany. The sixth and final single was the re-release of "Poison Prince", but charted at #148 in the UK, Macdonald's lowest chart position.

The album has sold over 2.5 million records worldwide.

Macdonald stated she will start working on a new album in 2009. According to her Twitter she is writing for the album and she has recorded some bedroom demos.
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