AMY LAWTON is a 20-year-old country/rock artist and singer-songwriter from Manchester, England, who now lives in London.
She has written rhymes, poems and stories since her youth and has been molding her feelings into song, over the past 18 months, with renowned writer & producer Matty Benbrook (Dido, Paolo Nutini, Jack Savoretti).
Amy has been developing her live show with performances at many of London’s iconic venues, including The Troubadour, The Bedford, The Social and Ronnie Scott’s. These have turned out to be valuable experiences before her biggest show to date; opening for Jack Savoretti to 1,000 people at London’s Cadogan Hall.
Amy’s second single is the optimistic country-pop love song ‘Hurts Like Paradise’ [shared bleow] released last month via Paradise Records/AWAL.
Like the previous ‘Undone’ it was produced by Matty Benbrook at the East London Studio 45.
Amy says: “Hurts Like Paradise is a song I started writing back at school. It’s kind of a story about a relationship from start to finish, only it’s told from the perspective of someone who feels like they’re an outsider. I like that there are details in the song which show this character as they talk about their experiences. Even though it’s a sad song, I like to mix sad lyrics with upbeat sounds.”
“Hurts Like Paradise” is candy-cute and innocently feminine with the same kind of clever observational skills associated with Taylor Swift.
The song has a melody that seems totally inspired by Nena’s 99 Red Balloons. And it’s performed with undeniable glee and more than a trace of tender insight, perhaps reminiscent of Janis Ian.
Hurts Like Paradise was released 11 May 2018 via Paradise Records