She is the the girl who toppled Radiohead off the U.K. Albums chart to take the crown at the highest place with her debut album "This Is the Life". She is the singer who shook the Scottish and the rest of European music scenes with her booming voice through singles like "Poison Prince" and "Mr. Rock and Roll". She is Amy Macdonald, a talented musician in her early 20s who started it all with a copy of Travis' CD. Macdonald who was born on August 25, 1987 attended a local high school in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire and never discovered her talent in music until the age of 12. During a family vacation, she was given a sum of money by her gran which she used to buy a CD she had an instinct for, Travis' sophomore effort "The Man Who". As soon as she found joy in listening to the Scottish band's songs, Macdonald picked up the guitar belonging to her father to teach herself how to play it. Beginning with a tune or two, she exposed herself to a wider range of music through listening to the radio. It was not until she sat on her sister's bed and stared at the "Trainspotting" poster did the idea of writing her own music strike her.
Seeing how her sister loved and admired the movie's main character, Ewan McGregor, Macdonald wrote a piece called "The Wall" that chronicles the infatuation for another being. This routine of spawning her own materials kept flowing until she was 'discovered' during a school extra session. When she was in her third year of the high school, a group of musicians naming themselves Impact Arts came to scout talents and improve those with interest in music. Macdonald, having mastered her guitar skill for sometime and even written her own songs, stood out in the crowd and was quickly promoted. At 15 she performed a lot of acoustic sessions, mainly covering songs from the bands she likes such as R.E.M., and Tears for Fears. One gig leads to another, she was starting to get her career on track.
After leaving school due to acceptance in two universities, Macdonald took her time to concentrate on her creative side. She called a year off the education pursue to write songs and record a demo. It was during this period that she wrote the track "This is the Life", a tense piece resulting from a night gathering with her friends. Her demo tapes were then sent to several record labels that advertised themselves on the back of NME magazine. It was Melodramatic Records that took the bait and polished the young singer to be more prepared for the industry. The label's owner Pete Wilkinson helped her to create a demo that has better quality in sound, an effort proved worthy when she was signed to Vertigo, home to The Killers, Noisettes and Razorlight.
Under the recording house's wings, Macdonald entered the studio to publish her first album. She took a major part in the songwriting of the album mainly because she had been inspired by many things in her life leading to the record deal. "Poison Prince" was released as the first single followed by the more successful "Mr. Rock and Roll". Both singles helped the debut effort, "This is the Life", to reach success in her home country upon its release in July 2007 as well as in U.K. in the same month. Touring relentlessly, including meeting her idols, Macdonald looked forward to conquer the American market by releasing "Mr. Rock and Roll" as the first single of the U.S. album edition which will be released on August 26, 2008.