Amy Macdonald (born 25 August 1987 in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. She has sold over 9 million records worldwide. Macdonald released her debut album This Is the Life in 2007. The singles "Mr Rock & Roll" and "This Is the Life" from it were chart hits. The latter charted at number one in six countries, while reaching the top ten in another eleven countries. The album reached number one in four European countries: the United Kingdom, Denmark, The Netherlands and Switzerland and sold three million copies worldwide. Moderate success in the American music market followed in 2008. She was a guest on shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, where she performed two singles from the album, and This Is the Life reached ninety-two on the Billboard 200.
Released as the lead single from her second album, A Curious Thing, which was released on 8 March 2010., "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" was released in March 2010, reaching number forty-five on the UK Singles Charts, number twenty-six in her native Scotland, and also went onto perform well in other European countries. Five singles have since been released from A Curious Thing. Amy MacDonald is one of a number of artists including Paloma Faith who appeared with Ray Davies in his 2010 album See My Friends, singing with him on a cover of The Kinks 60's hit "Dead End Street". Macdonald's third album, Life in a Beautiful Light, was released on 11 June 2012. It gave her singles: "Slow It Down", which became a number forty-five hit on the UK Singles Charts, "Pride", which charted at number eighty-seven on the Scottish Singles Charts, and "4th of July".