"Amy's Song," written by singer/songwriters Matt Simons and Amy Kuney (Ames) is inspired by Kuney's real-life experiences around being gay. The song meditates on the idea that love is love, no matter what.
The one-take video features Kuney along with 40 people from the LGBTQIA+ community standing in solidarity (read their stories at https://amyssong.com/). The powerful, heartfelt voice of Matt Simons sings, "Does your God really give a damn / Does it make her less of a woman / Does it make him less of a man / Being who I am." All proceeds from the“Amy’s Song” music video will be donated to the U.N. Foundation in support of their equality-focused initiatives.
“Amy’s song is very special to me. It’s my story as a gay woman who grew up in a very conservative Christian environment where being gay was considered a ‘choice’ and an abomination,” said Kuney. “I know that thousands of others experience this, or similar struggles and I hope this song can offer comfort and hope to them. I also pray that the song raises a tough question for those who are so fearful and close minded that they can’t understand the love they condemn. 'Does their god really give a damn?' Matt Simons could have written a song about anything else on the day we met to collaborate, but he selflessly helped me write my own story and he’s using his voice and platform so that people will hear it. For that, I’m forever grateful."
The compelling video shows members of the LGBTQ+ community holding up cardboard lyric signs over their their faces, capturing the conflict many confront when deciding between coming out and keeping their identities hidden. As the song progresses, faces appear, the couples no longer hide their love and participants become at peace with who they are.
What makes "Amy’s Song" special for me is the beautiful group of people involved, says video director Kris Pouw. The notion of 41 individuals, each with their own story, coming together to share this important message of equality. The group of volunteers started small, but then quickly grew organically as everyone began sharing their stories and relevant connections. This project feels like a collective work of art and I’m very proud of it.
Simons, who has seen global success with 500 million streams to date, will embark on his 10-date North American tonight at Montreal's Bar le Ritz PDB with stops in Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In addition to hits like "Catch and Release," a No. 1 hit in Europe, and his latest singles "We Can Do Better" and "Made It Out Alright," the multi-platinum artist will also showcase new material from his forthcoming album on the cross-country trek.
All revenue from “Amy’s Song” music video will be donated to the United Nations Foundation to support equality-focused initiatives that advocate for the rights and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people worldwide.