Dec 21 2007 By John Dingwall
SINGER-songwriter Amy Macdonald had her own This Is Your Life moment when she played Glasgow's Barrowland.
The 20-year-old from the city was stunned when Xfm radio DJ Jim Gellatly appeared on stage to present her with a platinum disc for This Is The Life to mark 300,000 sales of the debut album.
A sell-out crowd also saw Amy sing her track Barrowland Ballroom, dedicated to the legendary venue, last weekend.
"I had no idea I was getting the award," she said.
"My band had known for three weeks and didn't tell me.
"When it happened, it was so unexpected that I started crying.
"I am a very emotional person. As soon as Jim Gellatly presented me with the disc, I had a tear in my eye.
"It was overwhelming to play the Barrowland Ballroom and all the band were weeping. I am very emotional too at the best of times.
"The audience was all ages. MySpace has lots of messages from people saying it was one of the best gigs they'd been to, which is such a great way to round off the year."
Amy's album was released at the end of July and sold 10,000 copies on Monday alone, sending it back up the chart.
She said: "Last week I sold 30,000 albums. It's all going towards the Audi R8 fund. Each album that sells takes me that little bit closer to my favourite car.
"It is a stunning car. I was reading a car magazine and checking it out, but they cost £90,000 so I have a bit to go yet.
"Perhaps I can afford one at the end of 2009, but I'm not sure they'd let me drive around it so young.
"The insurance would probably be as expensive as the car.
"My first proper single, Mr Rock 'n' Roll, wasn't released until July so everything has rocketed in six months.
"I've now sold 360,000 copies since the album came out on July 30, which is unbelievable.
"It's really strange."
Amy is already considering the follow-up album and wrote one track in rehearsals this week.
"It's about people who have grown up but feel they haven't done a lot with their lives, yet to say not to worry because their time will come," she said.
Meanwhile, she will end the year on a high with Hogmanay performances at Glasgow's George Square and on BBC's Hogmanay Live.
"The Hogmanay gig at George Square will be brilliant," she said.
"I am just crossing my fingers that it won't rain or blow a gale and will actually be on this year.
"I'm really excited. It is such a privilege to entertain all the drunken people out in the cold.
"The View are also playing so there'll be a lot of booze involved, though I will be waiting until after I have performed.
"I'm also on the BBC before the bells and Phil Cunningham and I think Aly Bain will be joining me when I sing Caledonia.
"It's live. I would like to have recorded it in September but I'm on about 11.30pm. It will be a nice party.
"I will be spending Christmas Day with my family at my mum and dad's house having the turkey, then I'll see my friends at night and have a wee party."