Great Scot Amy is ready to turn the Lights back on

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AMY MacDonald wooed ears across the UK when she burst on the music scene in 2007 with her debut, This is the Life.

She was just 19 and that album sold three million copies and reached number one in the album charts in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark.

The second single from the album, Mr Rock and Roll, became MacDonald’s first top 40 hit and her fourth single, This is the Life, charted at number one in various European countries. In 2009 she released A Curious Thing and now - almost six years since she broke into music, the 20 year-old Scottish singer is about to release her third album, Life in a Beautiful Light.

MacDonald was due to play Sheffield early this month but had to cancel due to a stomach illness.

Ever eager to get back on the road, she rescheduled that tour and now she’s ready to return to the stage.

The Glasgow girl signed her first record deal just after leaving school and although still comparatively young, she has had a powerful and influential presence in the modern British folk culture for some years.

Her music has captured the imagination of millions.

This Is The Life is one of the top 20 best selling albums of all time in the UK by a UK female solo artist.

MacDonald won the coveted Echo award for best international female, beating off other superstars such as Adele, Katy Perry, Pink and Rihanna.

She admits, however that singing comes easily to her.

In a recent interview she said: “To me singing and performing is such a natural thing that I literally open my mouth and out it comes.”

In her new album the young starlet strays into new territory.

Life in a Beautiful Light features guest appearances from U2 as well as modfather Paul Weller.

She also covers Bruce Springsteen - one of her heroes - on one of the album’s ‘secret tracks.’

But in spite of her success MacDonald refuses to drop her strong Scottish accent.

In fact, so strong is her accent that one German interviewer asked if she would ever learn how to speak English.

She’s proud of this, and, unlike other Celtic artists such as Del Amitri and Wet Wet Wet, she remains fiercely Scottish.

“I don’t think I’ll be having that American twang any time soon,” she says.

For her Sheffield show, MacDonald will be supported by pin-up poster Ben Montague, who recently supported Stereophonics and The Wanted on their UK tour.

Amy Macdonald plays a rescheduled show at Sheffield City Hall this Saturday, March 30.

All original tickets will be valid for the new date with seat numbers and the start time remaining the same. Customers unable to attend the new date, should return their tickets to the point of purchase today and a full refund will be given. Customers who bought their tickets through ticket agents must contact them directly for a refund.