Amy Kuney

Amy K.

Los Angeles, CA
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Amy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2017

I’m a professional singer-songwriter, performing and recording artist. I signed my first publishing deal in Los Angeles in 2004 and spent three years studying music at the Biola Conservatory of Music. I left school to jump on my first tour, opening for Kate Voegele and the Veronicas. I toured the U.S and Europe for many years opening for such acts as: Damien Rice, Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer and Gavin Rossdale. During that time, I also wrote, recorded and released my own songs as well as songs for film and television. My songs have been placed on: Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, Macy’s (Thanksgiving and Christmas campaigns), Catfish (The Movie), Kleenex, Pringles, So You Think You Can Dance, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf and Hemlock Grove, GUILT, the Runaways and The Rook.

In 2012, I began writing with Michelle Branch and realized my love for co-writing lyrics! Though melody is equally as important as lyrics, I love diving into the story, poetry and the words each specific artist is drawn to. Instead of just trying to copy whatever is on Spotify or on the radio, I love hearing an individual’s perspective and writing their story uniquely to them. I want every word, every lyric to MEAN something so that, if you were to take even ONE word out, it would change the story. I don’t like using filler words like “Yea”, “Baby” “oh oh oh”….etc. haha. My favorite songs are “Landslide” and “Hallelujah”. I strive every day to write something that sets the bar high. I use a multitude of creative writing techniques to inspire lyrical concepts… Metaphors, similes, “webbing” (as I like to call it), and imperfect rhyming. I believe the rules to songwriting can be broken. Not everything HAS to rhyme! A song doesn’t have to be three minutes and thirty seconds long! The structure doesn’t have to be perfect.

I am currently signed to Kobalt Music Publishing where I’m booked to write lyrics for different artists each day. I’ve had songs cut by: Kelly Clarkson, AKON, Rita Ora, Michelle Branch, Tori Kelly, Icona Pop, Adam Lambert, Jason Mraz, Jojo, Christina Perri, LIGHTS and Damien Rice. I would love to write a song with you! I would love to hear your story, know your favorite songs, hear the words you like to use, the way YOU see life and describe feelings. Every writer can carve his/her own path and I’m here to help you sharpen your tools. I’m down to come to you, Skype, or you’re welcome to my home in East Hollywood.

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Experience

Lyricist/Songwriter
Aug 2015 - Present
Kobalt Music Publishing

Education

Music Composition/ Creative Writing
Aug 2004 - Aug 2007
Biola University

Awards

Grammy Nomination
Feb 2019
The Grammy Committee
ASCAP Sammy Cahn Songwriting Award
Nov 2015
ASCAP

Affiliations

SAG-AFTRA
Aug 2006

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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ASCAP
Aug 2004

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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