By: Amanda Hather
Originally from a small town in Manitoba, Amy Metcalfe is a country singer/songwriter signed to Royalty Records and is now based in Alberta. She released a single, “Whiskey Won’t Fix Me”, featuring Tristan Horncastle, in June of this year, and also her EP ‘Inside Out’, which was released in April. You’re going to want to check out Amy’s music so be sure to check out all the links below.
You’ve co-written with many talented people, such as Byron Hill (Gord Bamford) and Phil Madeira (Garth Brooks), as well as have an impressive amount of solo writing under your belt. Do you prefer writing with other people or on your own?
It really depends on the song honestly. Some songs I would rather finish alone, others I start and know it needs something else or someone rather 🙂
What is your writing process like?
There are usually a few different ways I write. Sometimes I get a title in my head and I just put it in my phone, write it later when I have time or bring it to a co-write. Other times it just takes over and I have the whole chorus and melody regardless of where I am.
Who are some of your musical influences?
U2, The Rankin Family, Taylor Swift, Johnny Cash, Brandi Carlile … a fairly eclectic bunch, but they all have something different to offer as far as influence in my life. Some strictly melodically, some performance wise and some personally.
How has the fan reaction to your new single been?
It’s been great, it’s the type of song people love right away which is what you need to break into radio. I’m really thankful for the support we’ve gotten on this track.
If someone hadn’t listened to your music before, is there a particular song they should start with?
Haha…Well it’s always hard as the artist to pick the right first song because there are a lot more factors than “you’ll like this one” but I spent about two days straight on the order of my album so I would have to say number one on the EP is “Senses.”
What’s your favourite thing about festival shows?
That people go there to actually listen to music! It’s refreshing and a great place to actually meet other artists as well.
What’s your favourite song to perform live?
Senses and The Story by Brandi Carlile
What’s coming up next for you?
I have a lot of behind the scenes things going on right now. I’ve been exploring all sides of the entertainment industry and just got signed to an agency for commercial modelling and acting. Also have a lot of co-writes planned and looking forward to releasing 3 more singles from the EP! The next single will be out during the first week of January.
Here at Canadian Beats we like to throw in a few questions that help your fans get to know you a bit better:
Who was your first concert?
What do you think your most played song on your iPod is?
Ahead of My Time – Teddy Bears
What’s your favourite thing to do in the summer?
Ride my horse and go to the lake.
If you were in charge of a weekend festival, who would be on the lineup? Dead or alive?
Johnny Cash, U2, Bon Jovi, Tupac, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Blake Shelton and One Direction.
I’d pick artists that I know are great performers and that fans are going to go CRAZY for.
What are your must haves for tour?
Room temperature water, and my vocal chords…. a mic and guitar are good too.
And finally, do you have anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Thank you for starting this adventure with me. I can’t wait to show you how much more I have planned!
I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.