Music

Amy Kuney

Amy Kuney

Amy Kuney

Amy Kuney
Amy Kuney
Photographed at Buzzine Magazine studios, complete with Aaron Stipkovichs cigar, Amy Kathryn Kuney, born August 6, 1985, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Kuney began piano lessons at the age of four and participated in piano recitals and church performances growing up. She wrote her first song at the age of twelve. | Photo: Aaron Stipkovich | Amy Kuney, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist, Cigar, Buzzine,

Being kidnapped, her music, and more.

When I was 13 years old, my dad was 'called' to be a missionary in Honduras. As a family, we weren't 'cut out' for the mission field ' I had no idea my world was about to be kicked over on its side. One moment I was busy doing homework and planning slumber parties, the next moment I suddenly found myself in a third world country recovering from a hurricane. I went into culture shock as the poverty, disease, and the idea that human life isn't so precious in other parts of the world' slowly seeped in.

Most children grow up in 'phases' ' I was given no time for that. I took on the mental weight of an adult the moment I stepped out of that tiny TACA airplane' and into the rest of my life. In fact, the only evidence that I even had a childhood exists in a black 32?17 Rubbermaid trunk. I bought the trunk to protect my books, CDs, and photo albums from the Honduran heat and humidity. Today, I keep the trunk in my closet. It contains stacks of letters from my 8th grade Sunday school class' wishing me well, wishing me luck. It contains letters I wrote to myself' promising myself I would get out alive. It contains the jewelry I wore the day I was kidnapped' the photographs that were taken minutes before it happened, photographs of a dear friend who gave his life so that I could live. It contains fragments of a life that I shut away until now'
Amy Kuney
Amy Kuney

Amy Kathryn Kuney, born August 6, 1985, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Kuney began piano lessons at the age of four and participated in piano recitals and church performances growing up. She wrote her first song at the age of twelve. | Photo: Nick Sharples | Link | Amy Kuney, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist,
When I began writing for this album, I opened the trunk for the first time in years. The overwhelming smell of dark mahogany, coffee, and burning sugarcane (the smell of Honduras) hit me like a wall, and I knew that all the memories I'd stifled were begging to be brought to life. I also knew that I was being presented with a choice: I could let these memories, and the experiences that they represent, cuff me, paralyze me, and make me bitter' or I could turn them into something beautiful' something that other people could relate to and, hopefully, find comfort in. This is my gift.

I'm calling my album "ONYX" for a number of personal reasons' one being that it's a stone, a stone that helps to deflect negative energy and helps us to balance and control our emotions. I feel certain that we do not have control over what happens to us, but we DO have control over how it affects us. We can choose to be the victim of our circumstances, or we can choose to use our circumstances as fuel to rise above.

I can't give a date for when ONYX will be released, but every day I'm getting closer. I thank you all for your patience, love and support.

Comment on Disqus

Comment on Facebook

Updated Aug 12, 2017 12:29 PM EDT | More details

AND Magazine AND MAGAZINE

©2017 AND Magazine, LLC
5 Columbus Circle, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10019 USA

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without express written permission from AND Magazine corporate offices. All rights reserved.