This week we are crushing on singer Ammoye!
Ammoye was born and raised by her grandparents in Clarendon, Jamaica. As a child, she found solace from a young age by singing in the church choir. Her second stage was the top of her favourite mango tree in the family backyard. From that high perch Ammoye regaled the neighbourhood with her latest songs and poems. It’s these anecdotes from her youth, and her upbringing in general, that deeply influenced her songwriting and musical style.
Influenced by Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop and Soul, Ammoye worked with Dubmatix on the album Renegade Rocker, performing on the song “Push”. Other artists on the album include Sugar Minott, Micheal Rose, Alton Ellis, Willi Williams, Pinchers, Linval Thompson, Wayne Smith and Ranking Joe, she has also worked with Sassales and Version Excursion who produced her E.P. entitled “Kicking Rocks” (available at www.versionexcursion.com).
Recently, Ammoye was the only female artist nominated for a Juno in the Best Reggae Recording category for her single “Sorry”. Take a listen to the song below:
Ammoye consistently travels across Canada and the U.S. as she works with greats such as Kreesha Turner, Michael Buble, Corey Lee, Anjulie and a host of others.
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
The first thing I notice about a potential love interest is their energy and vibe. Their energy, the way they carry and present themselves is important to me. If he’s able to hold a steady gaze eye to eye with me, that tells me he’s open and not intimidated and lets me know he’s someone I want to learn more about.
What is your definition of romance?
My definition of romance is a lot of loving and laughter. Being playful with each other, and always making quality time to be with each other. Letting each other know you are present and willing to just be there… to listen, to talk, to care, to support and share in every and anything.
If there was a piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
If there was a piece of advice I could give to men/women out there, it would be to first fall in love with yourselves. Love who you are and all that you are. Don’t judge yourself. Know and love every part of you and you will know how to love someone else and teach them how to love and treat you. Stop searching for love outside of yourselves. The true love you need and seek is within. When you find love within you everything else will fall into place. You’ll then attract the appropriate love interest that’s right for you. First though, be happy with yourselves. Get your validation from within.
What is your instant deal breaker?
My instant deal breaker is lack of respect and lack of love. I have learned that when someone is unhappy with themselves and doesn’t love and respect themselves they will project that unto you. Lack of self-worth in people will make them treat others unlovingly. And if I find you are treating me less than I know I deserve then I will let you go.
Describe your love life in one word?
To describe my love life in one word, I’d say it is adventurous.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
How I keep the romance alive in my relationship is be present. To stay involved and stay in constant communication with my partner. I can get bored easily sometimes so I like to do adventurous things and make sure we are connected on all levels. Listening to the needs of my partner and not just myself is very important to me as well. I like making sure he knows I am a safe place for him to be around and vice versa.