Maine native Amy Allen releases major label debut EP
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and Maine native Amy Allen released her debut EP AWW! today, which features six tracks illustrating her prowess for both writing and performing songs that are undeniably personal and powerful. The music video for standout single “RIP (Really Insecure Person)” also dropped today and includes a guest appearance from viral hyperpop sensation Rebecca Black. You can watch the “RIP” music video now:
With the release of AWW!, Amy has established herself as an artist who is unafraid to challenge societal pressures through an honest and striking narrative. Drawing inspiration from her influences like Liz Phair and Pretenders, the EP is a coming-of-age record that explores the juxtaposition of the successes and hardships Amy has faced throughout various aspects of her life.
“This collection of songs isn’t about finding myself,” Amy says, “because we’re always changing, so I don’t know if we ever really do that. But it is about finding the confidence and power to be who I am as a woman, as an artist, as a friend, sister, girlfriend, daughter, and all the things I am.”
Songs like “RIP” paint a raw and blistering depiction of her experiences as a woman in the industry, but serve as a universal plea for listeners to advocate on their own behalf, whenever necessary. With the help of Rebecca Black and a karaoke-style performance, Amy brings “RIP” to life in the tongue-in-cheek visual.
“‘RIP’ is less of a song about resentment and anger,” says Amy, “and more of a song about finding your voice, standing up for yourself and not letting people get the best of you.”
AWW! features previous releases “A Woman’s World,” the dramatic title track that served as a turning point for the overall theme of the EP, and “End Of A Dark Age,” a love song about finding the person who makes you feel free to be your most vulnerable self.
Amy’s success over the last few years has led to her becoming one of the most in-demand songwriters in pop music having written several multi-platinum hits for artists including Harry Styles, Halsey, Selena Gomez, and Shawn Mendes. Already, she has landed a coveted spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List and has been featured as one of Variety’s “Hitmakers of the Month.” Recently, Amy was honored at the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards, recognized as the pinnacle of creative musical achievement, where she, along with Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon and Harry Styles, took home the prestigious award for their GRAMMY-nominated song “Adore You.” Billboard has named her a “super-songwriter,” along with support from People, Variety, NYLON and American Songwriter, who praised, “Allen comes into her own as a solo act.”
Growing up in Windham, ME and attending Boston College as well as Berklee College of Music, Allen cut her teeth in the New England area performing with her band Amy & the Engine for years before signing a major label deal.