Amy MacDonald

FRESH: ‘Crazy Shade Of Blue’ – Amy MacDonald

Amy MacDonald loves a “Crazy Shade Of Blue”

Amy MacDonald’s current single “Crazy Shade Of Blue” has proved to be the perfect introduction to her upcoming fifth album “The Human Demands”, resulting in a Radio 2 premiere courtesy of Ken Bruce and a revealing interview with Wonderland. She now announces details of a major European tour – her biggest shows since 2010. It adds to a new chapter in a career that has seen her accumulate over 200 million Spotify streams, land four Top 5 albums (including her No.1 debut) and sell six million albums.

The tour will culminate with a London show at the historic Roundhouse. It’s sure to be a hot ticket after Amy’s previous headline tours in 2017, 2018 and 2019 included sold-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall and the Eventim Apollo. As one of the most successful international touring artists to emerge from Scotland, Amy has played to a total audience of 3.3 million people worldwide, including over a million in the UK alone, over the course of 500 shows (40 of which were festival headline sets) in 22 countries.

Fans who pre-order “The Human Demands” from Amy’s official store will gain access to a tour pre-sale that opens at 9am BST / 10am CEST on Wednesday, September 9th. Remaining tickets then go on general sale from 9am BST / 10am CEST on Friday, September 11th.

Set to be released on October 30th via a new deal with Infectious Music (alt-J, Garbage) and BMG, “The Human Demands” rediscovers, from a grown-up perspective, that magic youthful moment of excitement and discovery we can all relate to. It finds Amy reconnecting with her indie roots, albeit with a Bruce Springsteen-like widescreen grandeur and an ambition that suits her powerful, resonant vocal.

Its themes include getting older, dealing with depression, and falling in love with someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. The album was produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Tom Odell). Amy has already released the song “The Hudson” prior to “Crazy Shade Of Blue”, her first fresh material since her 2017 album, “Under Stars”. Amy has weathered fifteen years of major success in music while remaining her own woman, but now, all these years later, Amy Macdonald is back where she began: with an album that captures the essence of who she is. “I’m back to making music I like and just putting it out in a pure way. It has given me a new love for what I do, all over again”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!