Singer, model and actress Amy Weber’s new single, “Dance of Life” is more than just a passionately inspired track. The duet with Sean Kingston is a selfless escape from the worries of the world. Weber’s infectious vocal prowess combined with Kingston’s inventive effects produces a hypnotic sound and groove that's refreshingly honest.
“Dance of Life” isn't the beautiful brunette’s first foray into the musical arena. Weber’s previous single, “Let it Rain” [released in 2012] shot up to #6 on the U.K Music Week Chart as well as landing her on the Billboard Top 40.
Country music fans may also remember Weber as the “Whiskey Girl” from singer Toby Keith’s video of the same name from 2004. A video where she not only got to showcase her beauty, but also her real life welding ability.
Weber’s own story is one of true inspiration. Overcoming a troubled childhood as well as bouts with cancer; she’s become one of the most sought after entertainers in the industry today. With plans well underway for more music as well as a national tour this year, her star will only continue to shine.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Weber about the new single as well as her inspirational life and her Whiskey Girl days.
How did this single and collaboration with Sean Kingston come about?
I had a few tracks that hadn’t been released and a wish list of people who I wanted to work with. Sean, of course was one of them. I remember I was working on a different shoot and mentioned my short list to a few of the people who were there. That’s when they said “Oh, we know Sean!” and wound up introducing us. It’s crazy the way things work out. I thought we already had a great song, but when Sean came on he gave it a new vibe and took it to a whole new level.
What was the writing process like?
I co-wrote it with the Jackie Boyz, who won a Grammy with Madonna’s song, “Revolver”. We have this great synergy whenever we write together. First, they’ll come up with a line, then I’ll come back with the next two lines. We’ll go back and forth bouncing ideas off of each other and literally within two hours we’ll have an entire track written. Then after a few more hours, one that’s recorded and ready to be mixed.
Is there a meaning behind your songs?
For me, everything that I do is really purposeful in my life. Whether it’s as an actress, recording or producing a movie, there always has to be something that I leave with someone. As far as music goes, I’m really big with escapism. We’re all so buried underneath the issues and drama of life that I’m always looking for ways to help people escape. Even if it’s just for those three or four minutes of a song. You can really get lost in the moment and forget where your troubles are.
What was it like filming the video for the song?
I remember it was one of those really cold, blustery nights and we were on top of this super tall skyscraper downtown on a stage. It was amazing.
Do you have plans to tour this year?
My heart and soul is into making music and performing live so touring is definitely on my list. I already have a few shows coming up and The Jackie Boyz and I are looking into putting a mini-tour together.
Back in 2004 you were the “Whiskey Girl” in Toby Keith’s video. What can you tell me about that experience?
We filmed that in Nashville and it was an awesome experience. Toby actually wrote that entire video because he wanted more of a story instead of it just being him on camera the entire time. One of the cool things about it was that I already knew how to weld for real. I remember standing there watching the crew struggle, trying to figure out how to get the welding machine going. Finally I said, “Here, just give it me!” [laughs].
Did you always want to be involved in music?
I knew early on. I had an incredibly tough upbringing and was able to escape through music. I like to say that music literally saved my life.
As a child, just being able to escape into a different world really helped me. Then later on in life, I ended up getting cancer. With being that sick and having to go through chemotherapy treatments by myself, I don’t know what I would have done without music. It was my savior.
Do you have any advice you can offer to those who may want to pursue a career in entertainment?
Be passionate. If you have passion inside of you, the drive to succeed is naturally going to come. Also, make sure you’re pursuing it for the right reasons. Otherwise, you’re going to burn out quickly. That really goes for anything you do in life.
What other projects are you working on?
I have a TV show that I created called “Good Samaritans”. It’s a feel-good, hidden camera show. There’s a company that I’ve partnered up with and we’re hoping to find a home in 2014. The show puts people in circumstances to see if they’re going to help others. Unlike other shows, it’s not so much about morality, but more about humanity. In this show, you really have to go out of your way to help somebody, and it’s all captured on hidden camera.
Your story is so inspirational. Have you ever given thought to writing a book about your life?
I’ve been thinking about it. I recently opened up for the first time about my cancer on The Doctors. I wanted it to be in a forum where I can help people by opening up about the struggles that I’ve faced in my life. We’re all here for a reason, and I certainly can’t imagine going through everything that I’ve been through and not sharing it. I’m still on my feet, and hope that my experiences can guide others and let them know that if I can get through it, they can get through it too.
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