How did you get your start in music?
I began singing at a young age in the church. The church and my parents are responsible for my introduction to music and my start as a vocalist. Later, attending LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and Performing arts helped enrich my vocabulary as a singer and musician.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, Grace Potter and Robert Plant.
What was your experience like on The Voice?
Being on The Voice was a blessing. Not only did I have the opportunity to perform epic songs on a national platform, but I also learned a bit about myself (to trust my instincts).
What was the best piece of advice you received while you were on the show?
Don’t give up!
What were your experiences like singing background for artists like Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder? Do you have a most memorable moment?
All of those experiences were different and wonderful. Each of those artists are incredible. I mean…Stevie Wonder is Stevie Wonder! However, Alicia Keys was a significant person in my life because I joined her band shortly after college. I didn’t have much experience singing in a band on that level. With Alicia, I was able to travel all over the world singing. She taught me the importance in being your authentic self and the power of positive thinking. I realized then that I wanted to cultivate my voice as a songwriter and refine my chops as a musician.
You were recently seen on Adele’s NBC special. What was it like to perform on one of television’s biggest shows of the year in one of the most acclaimed venues in the world?
Incredible! It still doesn’t feel like it happened to me. A dream.
What has it been like working with Adele over the past few months?
Loads of fun, laughs and gorgeous music. Who could ask for anything more?
Are you working on any solo? If so, when? And what can we expect in regards to inspiration, sound, etc.?
I am currently working on a solo record. I do not have an official release date yet, but hopefully this year. I’d say the inspiration falls in line with the artists I listed before. A little rock, blues, pop and soul. I suppose it might be considered Americana, but you’ll have to listen to it once I’m finished and let me know what you think it sounds like.
Who are some producers and artists that you’d love to work with in the future?
To name a few… Sheryl Crow, Grace Potter, Paul Simon, John Shanks, Rick Rubin, and T-Bone Burnett
What has been the biggest “pinch me” moment of your career so far?
I’ve had so many. I had a solo show at Rockwood Musical Hall on January 3rd of this year. So many people came out and I felt their love and support. I had the opportunity to perform a bunch of originals (a few old and new), a few of my favorite covers and rock out with my amazing band. I was on cloud nine. That’s the most recent “pinch me” moment.
Looking forward to the future, how do you hope to continue to pave the way for your career?
Not giving up. Practicing. Honoring my voice as an artist/musician. Challenging myself beyond my comfort zone.
Check out this video of Amanda performing at Rockwood Music Hall below!