After touring the US in 2000, Marisa D’Amato became a full-time singer in Malta after being in the country music scene for over 15 years. What started off as an appearance in a TV show on ONE in 2005 became a career that spans continents: she toured in Canada, Australia twice, and landed a contract with the Phil Mack International Country Events, with shows in the UK and Ireland. She has released give country albums, two Country Gospel albums and an Irish Country album.

She also hosts a TV show on Sky, Freesat and Freeview in the UK. The show is apparently followed by 4.6 million viewers a week on Keep It Country TV, the only country music TV channel in Europe. Last year Marisa was awarded as best International Female Country Artist in the Hot Country TV Awards, and this year she was awarded for her latest Album, The Irish Country Collection. But did you know that she worked in the police forces before? Marisa D’Amato talks to Eve about her life.

Eve: What’s the hardest part about being a country singer and what’s the best?

Marisa D’Amato: There is not really a hard part, apart from the negative perception by some that country music is considered as the music of the working man, thus sometimes not being given the actual exposure it deserves.

Eve: You’re considered to be Malta’s Queen of country music. Do you feel that way?

MD: I’m honoured to be called that way although I do not push that forward. I am grateful to so many people who helped me achieve what I have today.

Eve: What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

MD: First of all is that you need to work hard to achieve your goals, do not expect anyone to help you unless you help yourself. Also, in my case, I have to say I never thought I would get such a huge opportunity in working with so many professional people abroad, and that one person can change your life completely if that person believes in you. It’s never too late, you need to work hard and take the risks in this business.

Eve: If you weren’t a singer/artist what would you be doing?

MD: I was in the police for 11 years, I love arts and history, so probably I would go for that kind of job.