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RF: An artist could sell 25,000 copies of their debut album, but the company might allow them to record another one if they believed in them. Amy Holland: No, that would not happen today [laughs]. (Chonin Records) RF: Commercially, your journey was the reverse of what I just described, in that your debut was a smash, but your second album under performed. Amy Holland: I did a duet with David Pack of Ambrosia, called ‘I Still Run To You’.
The label really wanted that to be the single, but we fought hard for it to be a song that Mike and I had written.
I was always able to do my own thing, and they accepted that it was part of my brand. RF: The business was a lot less corporate and regimented back then.You moved out to California to work with a record producer at the age of 15.What had your musical life been like to that point, to garner that type of attention?By Robert Ferraro Amy Holland started out in the music business when she was just a teen, eventually scoring a hit single with 1980’s ‘How Do I Survive?’ It would mark the beginning of a long, diverse, and too often interrupted singing career that would see her record songs for movies such as Scarface and St Elmo’s Fire, write songs that were recorded by the likes of Judy Collins and Nancy Sinatra, and work with a young singer and keyboard player named Michael Mc Donald, now a musical legend, and her husband of 34 years.