Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald began playing with a community music group before graduating to solo shows in the local area. Before long, her slew of performances in local coffeehouses grew into a mini-tour of Scotland, where she performed with Travis and fellow Scot Paolo Nutini. Festival appearances followed, and she eventually secured a recording deal with Vertigo Records before issuing two singles: "Poison Prince," a song about the tortured life of Pete Doherty offered as a limited online-only release; and "Mr. Rock & Roll," which finally launched Macdonald into the Top 20. Her debut album, This Is the Life, was released at the end of July 2007. ~ Sharon Mawer
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