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I had no idea my world was about to be kicked over on its side.
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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. ©2017 Reese Lasher
Being kidnapped, her music, and more.
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'
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.
Aaron Stipkovich, Publisher: With an education in information, technology, business and related disciplines, Aaron entered business on radio. Beginning as a disc jockey in Southern California, a nationally syndicated talk show host position soon followed. During the transition from regional to national, he launched a national print magazine in several countries, and was distributed by Time Inc. Having a handful of humble business media entities, a decade or so later he has divested himself from most of his companies... (more...)