Singer-songwriter Amy Kuney, who goes by the stage name Ames, has been working in the music industry for years. Writing for pop stars like Kelly Clarkson, Rita Ora, Icona Pop and more, the singer-songwriter has spent the last year slowly stepping out of the shadows and into her own spotlight.
On Friday (April 5), Ames released her debut EP My Name Is Ames, an acoustic-filled soundscape of emotions, from heartbreak to confidence, all told from her undeniably queer point of view. While a few tracks dabble in her pop songwriting past, Kuney leans heavily on her folk roots, making for a more intimate listening experience.
On songs like “Hold On” and “Mama It’s Me,” the star opens up about her life as a queer woman -- she sings in the former to her younger self and in the latter to her worried mother, but both tracks see Ames asserting herself as confidently queer, even when things may look dark. “Hold on I have been waiting to hold you for so long/ Yea hold on, when it’s over you’ll know you are all that I want,” she sings to herself on “Hold On.”
Speaking to Billboard last year about her songwriting, Ames said that she always approached songwriting from her own experience, even as a young woman. “I think the first time I wrote lyrics was when we saw Sister Act and there’s that song, ‘I Will Follow Him,’” she said. “I re-wrote the lyrics, just for myself, about a ‘her.’”