Amy Lawton, critically acclaimed singer/song-writer, has released her latest single ‘Don’t Bring Louise’, on the 30th of November 2018. Rising star in the singer/song-writer scene, Lawton’s sound is a collision of genres drawing vibes from country/folk to rock/pop, which creates a very original and unique sound that’s reminiscent of some of her favourite artists such as Suzanne Vega, Jenny Mitchell and Carole King.
The 20-year-old Manchester-born artist’s, latest single, ‘Don’t Bring Louise’, is a heartfelt unrequited love story that features elegant harmonies that emanate vibes of country pop. Lawton’s newest release stays true to her passion, for story telling through lyrics and ‘Don’t Bring Louise’, is a perfect example of art imitating life.
The song tells the story of a real-life scenario, were a girl dated Lawton’s ex-boyfriend. Even though there was no hostility between Lawton and Louise – who she didn’t know, Lawton was still able to use the scenario as inspiration for a song. Speaking about the single, Lawton said: “‘Don’t Bring Louise’ is a true story, about a real girl that my ex-boyfriend dated. I started writing the song when I heard her name for the first time. I’d never met her but as soon as I heard her name I started building a picture of her and the lyrics started to form in my head. It’s about a feeling that gets reignited the first time you hear that the other person has moved on, even if you thought you were over it.”
Lawton, who is now based in London, has spent the past couple of years working with writer and producer Matty Benbrook. Benbrook, has worked with the likes of Dido, Paolo Nutini, and Jack Savoretti. Speaking about her work with Benbrook, Lawton said: “It’s been a great opportunity and I’m so lucky to have him believe in me enough that he’s developed me for three years. He’s written great songs, not only with Jake but also with people like Paolo Nutini and Jack Savoretti. It’s great to work with someone who has a vast amount of experience as a producer and writer. It’s also great because he allows me to experiment and doesn’t try to force me to be something I’m not.”
The stars latest single, ‘Don’t Bring Louise’, follows the release of her highly praised debut single ‘Undone’, in September 2017, and its follow-up ‘Hurts Like Paradise’, in May 2018. Since emerging last year Lawton, who was spotted by Benbrook on London’s live scene, has steadily built a loyal fanbase, with her receiving support from the likes of The Times, 1883 Magazine, CelebMix and many more.
“The song is a kind of wild confession of someone’s real motives in a relationship, which I was inspired to write after talking to an ex-boyfriend after he showed up at one of my gigs,” says Lawton, speaking about ‘Undone’.
Continuing, Lawton says: “’Hurts Like Paradise’ is a song I wrote when I was at school. It’s kind of a story about a relationship from start to finish, only it’s told from the perspective of someone who feels like they’re an outsider. I like that there are details in the song which show this character as they talk about their experiences. Even though it’s a sad song, I like to juxtapose sad lyrics with upbeat sounds.”
A burgeoning artist on the UK live scene, Lawton’s release of ‘Don’t Bring Louise’ follows the completion of her first ever regional tour, which saw her play 19-dates across the country. The rising star has had a busy couple of year, which also saw her perform at The Great Escape Festival, in Brighton, this summer.
Lawton, has been steadily developing her live show performances, with her playing at some of the cities most famous venues such as The Troubadour, The Bedford, The Social and Ronnie Scott’s. This proved good grounding for her biggest show to date, which saw her opening for Jack Savoretti, to 1,000 people, at London’s Cadogan Hall. Writing together with the likes of Dee Adam, Jess Sharman, Pam Sheyne, Paul Herman, and of course Matty Benbrook, Lawton is quickly honing her craft on and off the stage.