Scottish, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Amy MacDonald made her breakthrough when she responded to an advert in the NME a few years ago. Picked up by production company owner Pete Wilkinson she spent eight or nine months recording demos in his home studio, before signing with UK-based record label, Vertigo, and releasing her debut album, This Is The Life.
The album sold three million copies, reached number one in the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark, and went multi-platinum. Five years on Amy’s third album, Life In A Beautiful Light, has continued her success.
4th Of July, the album’s third single, doesn’t stand out as much as some of her previous work like Mr Rock And Roll, but her distinctive vocals and real presence more than makes up for that. It’s an exciting track, albeit one that’s a bit simple and forgettable, but rather than being her best work it’s more proof that folk music can actually be listenable.