Amy Kuney

Amy K.

Los Angeles, CA
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I Majored in Creative Writing in College and continue to practice it every day. It's not necessarily a subject that can be "Mastered" (in my opinion), as creativity is an infinite and uncapped flow. Anyone can write from childhood to their deathbed. It the purest form of expression and it's my first love. I use it while writing songs for performing artists in Los Angeles, but that's only one of many doors that an understanding of creative writing can open!

About Amy K.

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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Steven D.
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I really enjoyed my first lesson with Amy, looking forward to more!

Posted Jun 11, 2019

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Experience

Lyricist/Songwriter
Aug 2015 - Present

Kobalt Music Publishing

Songwriting Instructor
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

SOCAPA (School of Creative and Performing Arts)

SOCAPA, the School of Creative and Performing Arts, is one of the premier visual and performing arts summer camps for teens, ages 13 to 19, in the world. SOCAPA offers arts-intensive summer programs for teens in Filmmaking, Acting, Photography, Music, Screenwriting, and Dance.

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.
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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