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AMANDA MCCARTHY is a storyteller compelled to speak the truth.
With her heart on her sleeve and her priorities in check, she strives to convey a message of authenticity through her music. She doesn't fit in a box and she doesn't like rules. Blending many influences, her original music is the infusion of pop/rock and country/folk, sprinkled with millennial snark and the heart of an old soul.
Once a girl who battled stage fright - many have described present day McCarthy as being fearless. When her guitar battery died while performing in a songwriting competition, she immediately unplugged and instinctually walked right up to the judges table to perform for them directly. When Steven Tyler of Aerosmith walked into a restaurant she was performing at, she found the courage to cover an Aerosmith song in front of him - and earned his approval. And she has always been fearless in her songwriting, notably in recent fan-favorite "Folk Song" - where she calls out the music industry on gender discrimination, body shaming, gatekeeping and more.
Amanda's original music has been recognized by the Grammy Awards' Nomination Ballot ("Elephant in the Room" and "Bad News" in 2016) - New England Music Awards (2019 Songwriter of the Year Winner, Song OTY & Album OTY Nominee) - SongDoor (2020 Finalist) - UK Songwriting Contest (2019 Semi-Finalist in three categories) - International Songwriting Competition (2020 Semi-Finalist) - Cornell University (2017 Emerging Artist Series Award Winner) - Nashville's Josie Music Awards (five artist/song nominations) - Atlanta's ISSA Awards (seven nominations, finalist in three) - Hollywood Music in Media Awards (nominee) - NYC's Coffee Music Project (2018 finalist for "Somewhere In Syracuse") - Royal Caribbean Cruises, and other New England based award shows for the Worcester Music Awards, Limelight Music Magazine and the Southern New England Music Expo.
Radio has been supportive as well, independent and mainstream stations alike, with Boston/NH airplay on THE RIVER 102.5, THE BULL 101.7, WKLB 102.5, ROCK 101, WBZ RADIO, WATD 105.9, FRANK 106.3, NORTH SHORE 104.9, NH 104.9, college radio and many online stations worldwide. Recently, "San Diego" hit #1 on SheWolfRadio, "Folk Song" hit #3 on Ignition Country, "Tiki Bar" hit #9 on Radio A1A, and a few years back, her very first single "Sticks and Stones" hit #1 on ipmNation Radio.
Her early years included a huge focus on anti-bullying philanthropic work with "Sticks and Stones" (included in a nationwide anti-bullying documentary still being showcased today) and "I Don't Deserve It." (Her first cut by another band.) Her philanthropic efforts have since shifted to sexual assault and abusive relationship awareness through songs like "Fusion" and "A Bridge Better Burned."
She has provided support for Hunter Hayes, Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith), Train, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Rob Thomas, Hall and Oates, Jason Isbell, Natasha Bedingfield, O.A.R., Pentatonix, Frank Turner, Jason Lancaster (of Mayday Parade), Hawthorne Heights, Abby Anderson, NASCAR, Royal Caribbean, and more.
Amanda is currently based in Southern NH/Northern MA, performing regularly all over New England both solo and with her band, branching out nationally and internationally when possible. She released her debut full-length album, "Road Trip" in 2019 to critical acclaim, and is currently endorsed by BG Ukuleles. She signed with Evolved Artists in May 2020 and will be relocating to Nashville in October 2020.