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Matt Simons Debuts Powerful Video for "Amy’s Song"

- All proceeds donated to the United Nations Foundation to support equality-focused initiatives

 

MATT SIMONS:

To date: over 500 million streams… In excess of 1 million single download sales… 8 million Shazams… Top 5 on AAA radio… #1 European airplay hit… 90 million VEVO views…

 

Simons, co-writer Amy Kuney and 40 people from the LGBTQ+ community spread a message of love, acceptance, and equality.

 

(LONDON, UK, November 9, 2018): "Amy's Song," written by singer/songwriters Matt Simons and Amy Kuney (Ames) was inspired by Kuney's experience of growing up as a gay woman in America. The song challenges people to question their beliefs around which love is considered “right”.

 

The remarkable one-take video (watch at amyssong.com) features Kuney along with 40 volunteers from the Dutch LGBTQ+ community. Matt’s powerful, heartfelt voice sings, "Does your God really give a damn / Does it make her less of a woman / Does it make him less of a man / Being who I am."  All proceeds from the “Amy’s Song” music video will be donated to the United Nations Foundation in support of their equality-focused initiatives.

 

 

 

 

Directed by Kris Pouw, the compelling video shows members of the LGBTQ community holding up cardboard lyric signs over their faces, capturing the conflict many confront when deciding between coming out and keeping their identities hidden. As the song progresses, faces appear, the couples no longer hide their love, and come together in solidarity to show who they are.

 

Director Kris Pouw said:

“What makes "Amy’s Song" special for me is the beautiful group of people involved, The notion of 41 individuals, each with their own story, coming together to share this important message of equality. The group of volunteers started small, but then quickly grew organically as everyone began sharing their stories and relevant connections. This project feels like a collective work of art and I’m very proud of it.”

 

Amy Kuney said:

“Amy’s song is very special to me. It’s my story as a gay woman who grew up in a very conservative Christian environment where being gay was considered a ‘choice’ and an abomination. I know that thousands of others experience this, or similar struggles and I hope this song can offer comfort and hope to them. I also pray that the song raises a tough question for those who are so fearful and close-minded that they can’t understand the love they condemn. ‘Does their god really give a damn?’ Matt Simons could have written a song about anything else on the day we met to collaborate, but he selflessly helped me write my own story and he’s using his voice and platform so that people will hear it. For that, I’m forever grateful.”

 

Matt Simons said:

“Amy is one of the bravest people I know. I’m so honored to have collaborated on this song together and it is a privilege to call her my friend. I hope our song is able to reach people feeling ostracized by their families and/or communities and help them feel a little less alone in the world.

Simons recently completed his European tour, which also incorporated shows for 45,000 people at the Stade De Suisse in Bern at Energy Air, and 15,000 in Maubeuge France for the NRJ tour, and will embark on his 10-date North American tour Nov. 10 with stops in Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In addition to hits like "Catch and Release," a No. 1 hit in Europe, and his latest singles "We Can Do Better" and "Made It Out Alright," the multi-platinum artist will also showcase new material from his forthcoming album on the cross-country trek.

 

Giving Back:

All revenue from “Amy’s Song” music video will be donated to the United Nations Foundation to support equality-focused initiatives that advocate for the rights and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people worldwide.

 

About Matt Simons:

As a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Simons draws on an extensive jazz and classical background. California-born and Brooklyn-based, Matt first broke through in The Netherlands. His single ‘With You’ taken from his debut album ‘Pieces’, went on to reach platinum status, outselling other hit singles, The Lumineers' “Ho Hey” and Katy Perry’s “Roar.” 5 years later, and with two albums and a brace of singles under his belt, he’s now had success across the globe. His last album, ‘Catch & Release’, took his profile to new heights; the hugely successful title-track, and the accompanying Deepend remix, reached #1 across Europe, hitting PLATINUM and GOLD status in multiple European and global territories. Sold-out tours and festival appearances followed, including Pinkpop and Frequency.

 

Matt Simons’ last single, ‘We Can Do Better’, has now reached over 40 million global streams. The track spent 2 months in the Top 10 European Airplay chart, and enjoyed heavy support from Radio 2 (B list, former ROTW) and Radio 1. UK press support included The Sun, Daily Mirror, Official Chart Company, and more. For 'We Can Do Better', Simons collaborated with Emily Warren (Dua Lipa / Chainsmokers) & Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes / Chainsmokers).

 

About Amy Kuney:

An Oklahoma native and the daughter of two Christian missionaries, Kuney began songwriting at age 14. She made her way to LA and carved out a path as a sought-after songwriter and touring artist, opening for artists such as Damien Rice and writing with the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Michelle Branch. Supported by AWAL and Mateo Sound, Amy will release new music this winter.

 

MATT SIMONS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

11/09 -- Montréal, QC-- Bar le Ritz PDB

11/10 -- Toronto, ON -- Rivoli

11/12 -- Boston, MA -- Great Scott

11/13 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Boot & Saddle

11/15 -- New York, NY -- The Mercury Lounge

11/17 -- Nashville, TN -- The Basement

11/18 -- Chicago, IL -- Subterranean

11/20 -- Hollywood, CA -- Hotel Cafe

11/23 -- San Francisco, CA -- Brick & Mortar

11/27 -- Portland, OR -- Doug Fir Lounge

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