Amy Kuney announced as Stereofame.com's Artist of the Month for March 2011

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Oklahoma-born songstress is redefining a timeless sound.

It is a refreshing experience to hear an artist tackle a well-known genre and realize its full potential. Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Amy Kuney is just such an artist. Kuney finds every nook, cranny, crevasse and pocket in her songs and stretches out in them like a well-worn leather chair. Kuney has been chosen as Stereofame.com’s Artist of the Month for March 2011.

Born in Oklahoma, Kuney has a voice that is distinctly American. She eschews the flashy and pompous vocal theatrics that dominate contemporary radio in favor of hauntingly tender melodies. And what melodies! They are clever and intelligent, never forced. But what is most satisfying is the trust Kuney places in them. The result is something that is undeniably human and personal.

As a child, Kuney was forbidden to listen to rock and roll and pop music. At age 13, Kuney’s father moved his family to Honduras to work as missionaries, an experience that undoubtedly has left a mark on Kuney’s craft. Her songs are stories that incorporate vivid descriptions of love, nostalgia and even sugar obsessions.

“I find it kind of difficult to write about myself,” Kuney said. “I draw from stories and experiences of people around me.”

Kuney’s ability to package those experiences into irresistible melodies is what makes her stories so engaging. Kuney takes her art seriously but not too seriously, as evidenced in the track “Chocolate,” where Kuney confesses that her love of sweets trumps the love of a man any day.

“Gasoline Rainbows” is a triumph. The arrangements, wisely, are kept sparse, save for driving drums and weepy strings that heighten the drama. The song is the title track of a compilation album along with tracks from artists such as the Black Keys, Damien Rice and Vampire Weekend with all proceeds benefitting the cleanup effort following the Gulf Coast oil spill.

As Kuney gears up to release the music video for “Gasoline Rainbows later his months, she is also currently in post-production on her upcoming album, “Onyx.”

“I co-produced my album with two producers both with very different styles,” Kuney said. “One is very lush and epic and the other is more focused on drums and on making sure there’s an appropriate amount of space in the production. I think the album has a nice balance.”

As an independent artist, Kuney said Stereofame is unlike any other platform available.

“There are a lot of sites out there but many of them aren’t very effective,” Kuney said. “Stereofame allows me to collaborate with other people, meet other artists to tour with and communicate with fans very easily.”

Look for Kuney’s new album “Onyx” to be released later this year. To find out more about Amy and to hear her music, check out http://www.stereofame.com/amykuney.

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