Amy Dixon-Lavery of the Happy Curmudgeons - 10 Questions Music Interview
Amy Dixon-Lavery is a lead vocalist as well as lyricist for the Happy Curmudgeons. The singer-lyricist learned how to sing at an early age. She sang in chorale at her high school in Imlay City, Mi and went on to compete at the state level at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Her talent was recongized in several karaoke contests. Amy was asked to join the Happy Curmudgeons in 2015 and is a key member of the band.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
My brother played piano and sang when I was growing up. He was my inspiration for my love of music. Dave Hamilton pushes me to write the best lyrics to fit our music
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing has been working with people I love and creating meaningful music. I have been blessed with creative musicians to play with in the Happy Curmudgeons.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Recording 2nd Chances with Mark Byerly and hearing the song on the radio and streaming platforms.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Honestly, I need inspiration. I might hear a melody or think of something emotional. Being creative and new can be very difficult.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge is breaking through while performing your own material. If you don't fit a mold or are a certain age, it is almost impossible to get noticed and get signed.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Rascal Flatts - I love their music and talent. They play amazing well live. I would love to have a chance to perform with them.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Well, sometimes very structured or totally off the wall. Tumbleweed has a big influence on how rehearsals go on a particular day.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Getting 2nd Chances into the studio and having it turn into a piece I am very proud of was my greatest challenge so far.
What's coming up in the future?
Hopefully, more of my songs will be done with the Happy Curmudgeons.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
For more information, please visit the Happy Curmudgeons' website.
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