Hailing from Essex “BBC Introducing Sound of 2017” artist Amy Westney has nearly 20,000 hits on YouTube. Her first taste of success came last year when her debut single ‘Numb’ peaked at #6 on the UK country charts, after receiving some airplay on national radio courtesy of the legendary Bob Harris.
Her debut EP Love Shouldn’t Hurt is set for release on May 27th and will be available for purchase on all digital platforms alongside a physical CD. It contains five tracks, three of which were self-penned. It’s a transatlantic affair too with some famous names involved in the project (Pat McGrath,Troy Lancaster, David LaBruyere) The instrumentation was recorded in Nashville while Amy’s vocals were recorded here in the UK, making it the best of both sides of the Atlantic.
Opening the record is the up-tempo ‘Country Song’ ‘Take me back to those days, back when country music had something to say’ she pleads in this catchy number. Her debut single ‘Numb’ is a tearjerker and two months after writing the song, Amy sadly found herself in the same position as the songs narrative. Tackling the sensitive topic of domestic abuse, Westney’s delicate vocals blend perfectly over a bed of drums and guitar. Her success with ‘Numb’ paved the way for her connecting with one of the top session players in the industry – Tommy Harden. For 18 years Tommy toured with Reba before returning home to Nashville to settle down with his family.
Despite being the only track she didn’t have any hand in writing she still manages to makes ‘Bad For Me’ her own. Title track ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ opens with drums and an electric guitar, giving it an instant rocky edge. The track was produced by Tommy, and he is featured playing both the drums and keys. ‘Don’t Push Me Darlin;’ sounds like something Kelsea Ballerini or Brooke Eden would offer up, providing a song of resilience she warns “you won’t be laughing when my fist hits your face” in this cheeky up-tempo number. It provides a light hearted closure to the EP.
There’s no doubt Amy has a stunning voice that will captivate listeners of all ages. A slight negative however, is how American her vocals are throughout. She’s a British country act and it’s almost like she’s trying too hard to “fit in” with the sounds of the deep South. Regardless she’s a talented artist, whose career will go places. I can’t wait to hear an album.