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Singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Amy Allen has teamed up with acclaimed R&B sensation Pink Sweat$ for her new song “What a Time To Be Alive,” out today on Warner Records. On the particularly prescient track, co-written with Tyler Johnson (Harry Styles, Taylor Swift), Amy ponders the world we live in and our responsibility to leave it better than we found it. Listen to “What a Time To Be Alive (feat. Pink Sweat$)” HERE and watch the Alex Bittan-directed video below.
Amy explains, “This song is a call to action and a cry for help. It’s a song about what we’re leaving to future generations, asking what we’re doing to ensure a more beautiful, more safe and more sustainable planet.
Pink Sweat$ adds, “It’s always special when a friend asks you to jump on a song, especially one like this. ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ is a record that a lot of people need to hear right now. We seem to have forgotten that the best version of yourself is a product of how you elevate those around you, and I’m grateful to be able to stand by that message alongside a true friend.
Having spent the prior few years co-writing some of pop’s biggest hits (Harry Styles, Halsey, Selena Gomez and more), “What A Time To Be Alive” is the latest in a string of debut solo releases that have introduced Amy Allen as a songwriter and artist for her generation, offering a birds-eye view of life as a young woman in 2020 America. Her incredibly personal and impactful songs “Queen of Silver Linings,” “Difficult,” and “Heaven” have earned critical acclaim from various media outlets, while catching the attention of the likes of Elton John and Sam Smith.
There are two stories you can tell as a songwriter: yours or someone else’s. Amy Allen not only tells the stories of some of the biggest artists in the world as a songwriter, but she also shares her story as an artist. By 10-years-old, Amy began writing songs for herself and learned five instruments. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, she founded New York indie upstart band, Amy & The Engine. In 2018, she wrote “Back To You” by Selena Gomez and opened up the floodgates to collaborate with A-list talent, including Halsey, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Sam Smith, and Harry Styles. Forbes named her on the coveted “30 Under 30” list, while Variety dubbed her “Hitmaker of the Month.” Reclaiming her passion for performing in 2020, she introduces her sound as an artist on her full-length debut for Warner Records. All of her past experience has led her to this point, to creating a collection of personal and meaningful songs that make up her debut album. Amy’s songs are lived-in tales, reminiscent of the American troubadours that have come before her – heroes like Tom Petty or Sheryl Crow, Carole King or John Prine or Bruce Springsteen. Heralded by these initial song releases and a debut album to follow in 2021, Amy Allen tells her own story now.
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