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Together with American Songwriter, we had the pleasure of interviewing Aimee Mayo over Zoom video!
“I encourage EVERYONE to read this book. It is healing in so many ways. (Aimee) is such a talented writer.” —TIM MCGRAW, Country music superstar and actor
“Wow. I feel bad about getting married 🙂 after reading this. It reads like a movie.” — RICK SPRINGFIELD, Grammy Award winning musician, actor and bestselling author
“OMG. Aimee’s book is one of the best things I’ve ever read. Unbelievable writing, fantastic storyteller, and completely honest.” —BART HERBISON, President of Nashville Songwriters Association International
“All my greatest gifts have come wrapped in ribbons of pain.” With this tantalizing opening line, I’d like to introduce you to Aimee Mayo and her debut memoir, TALKING TO THE SKY: A Memoir of Living Your Best Life in A Sh*t-Show (Little Blue Typewriter Press; Paperback; December 1, 2020). Aimee is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and one of the few women to receive both BMI’s Country Song of the Year, and BMI’s Country Songwriter of the Year—putting her in the elite company of Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, and Loretta Lynn.
Her tragic, yet triumphant story begins one Christmas eve in rural Alabama with the shocking news of her father’s attempted suicide when she was just eight years old. Aimee was gifted a journal that fateful night in which she began to record her mind-blowing experiences with her bipolar father, who drifted in and out of her life, an abusive stepfather, caring, but deeply wounded relatives, and a nomadic childhood.
Aimee expertly invites the reader into her wild youth growing up in the deep south, switching schools, bouncing from one family home to the next, and accidentally burning down her house…and car. After a close encounter with death, at the age of 19, Aimee eventually makes her way to Nashville to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter, and falls right into the arms of another abuser. Aimee must once again, with wit and unflappable humor, pick herself up and walk away.
Aimee’s dream eventually became a reality, and now she’s ready to share her incredible story. Her fifteen-year writing journey produced TALKING TO THE SKY, a universal story of faith over fear and triumph against all obstacles. It’s a must-read for anyone trying to pursue their dreams despite it all.
About AIMEE MAYO Aimee Mayo is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and author. Her songs have spent twenty-six weeks in the #1 spot on the billboard charts, and albums featuring her songs have sold over 155 million units worldwide. “Amazed,” recorded by Lonestar, is her most popular song to date. In 2004 it garnered an 8 Million Plays award from BMI, vaulting it into the top 125 songs in the BMI catalog out of 6.5 million works. “Amazed” also won ACM (Academy of Country Music) Song of the Year, NSAI Song of the Year, and crossed over to the pop charts and spent two weeks at the top of the Hot 100. Mayo’s song “This One’s for the Girls,” recorded by Martina McBride, went on to be a theme song for the morning show “The View.” Aimee was also a judge on the CMT series, “Can You Duet.” Mayo has penned songs for Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Sara Evans, Backstreet Boys, Kellie Pickler, Caitlyn Smith, Boys to Men, and many more.
TALKING TO THE SKY is her first book, almost 15 years in the making. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Chris Lindsey, their children and two dogs.
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