Scottish singer and songwriter Amy McDonald is a self-taught musician who earned her stripes playing pubs and cafes in Glasgow. McDonald's strong, contralto vocals matched with her clever lyrics mark her soft rock songs fairly enduring and often worthy of repeated listens. As an autodidact, she started writing her first songs at an early age, and composed her music on her own by borrowing her father's guitar. Her single, "This is The Life", became an international hit, and she is now one of the most promising artists in the UK. Her music is a mix of folk and new country, with a blend of pop.