A YOUNG Wigan rap artist has made her home town the backdrop to her latest music video.
Urban-pop star Amy Burns, aka A Me B, filmed the video for her song They Know around the centre of Wigan, with shots of her performing in the town centre, in Mesnes Park, and outside the Grand Arcade.
Former Winstanley College student Amy has been producing a regular stream of videos, working with production company Croftwerk to support her upcoming mixtape, which will be available this summer, but this is the first time her home town has been featured.
The video went online on Monday, and has already attracted more than 1,500 views on YouTube.
Amy, 19, said: “The song is all about me, where I’m from, and how people are starting to know about me.
“I mention the fact that I’m a Wiganer, and talk about Northern Soul in the lyrics, so I decided to film the video in Wigan, too. I mainly chose places which people would be able to recognise. I feel like I’m representing Wigan and its people, and I really want to put the town on the urban music map.”
The video also gave Wiganers their chance to get on screen, with musicians from the band Inside View appearing in the film, and a group of extras from the town featured walking along the streets and sitting on the steps in Mesnes Park with Amy while she raps.
Amy, who is a keen footballer and used to play for Manchester City Ladies, also gets to show off her sporting skills in the video with some ball tricks.
She is also keen to start passing on her tips for success to the next generation of girls, and will start running song-writing and production workshops in Warrington later this year.
She said: “I’m not really a typical female rap artist.
“There seems to be a lot of extremes, with rappers either really flaunting themselves and acting really girly, or being really manly in the way they act and dress, whereas I try to fall somewhere in between those.
“I really admire female artists like Jessie J and Katy B, and I also like old-school rap and hip hop like Eminem and NWA. They are massive influences, because my dad used to play them in the car.
“I’ve done workshops before in schools and enjoyed them, so I’m really looking forward to doing more of them.
“I like being a role model for young girls, and showing them that they can achieve what they want.”
To view Amy’s video and find out more about her, visit www.ameb.co.uk or type A Me B into Facebook.