Amanda McCarthy is a storyteller compelled to speak the truth. Blending many influences and described by many as "fearless" - her original music is the infusion of pop, country, modern folk and rock - sprinkled with millennial snark and the heart of an old soul. Her home base is in the heart of New England, equally present in both New Hampshire and the Boston area, touring when possible. Since she began pursuing her original music professionally, she has gathered a cumulative base of over 16,000 organic followers across her social media profiles without the aid of management and a loyal following attending her live shows. She released her debut full-length album "Road Trip" in 2019 and is currently sponsored by BG Ukuleles.
Amanda's original music has been recognized through nominations and awards from the Grammy Awards Nomination Ballot, International Songwriting Competition, UK Songwriting Contest, SongDoor, Cornell University's Emerging Artist Series, NYC's Coffee Music Project, Nashville's Josie Music Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and New England based award shows for the New England Music Awards, Worcester Music Awards, Limelight Music Magazine and the Southern New England Music Expo - most notably and recently being named as Songwriter of the Year at the 2019 New England Music Awards.
Radio has been supportive as well with Boston/NH airplay on The River 102.5, The Bull 101.7, WKLB 102.5, ROCK 101, WATD 105.9, FRANK 106.3, NH + MA 104.9, and others - including college and online radio - with "San Diego" hitting #1 on SheWolfRadio (Nashville) and "Tiki Bar" hitting #9 on Radio A1A (Florida).
She has opened (main stage) for Hunter Hayes, Jason Lancaster (of Mayday Parade), Levi Hummon, Hawthorne Heights and Alex Preston. She has supported (side stage) Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith), Train, Rob Thomas, REO Speedwagon, Hall & Oates, One Republic, Styx, Pentatonix, James Arthur, Jason Isbell, Natasha Bedingfield, Frank Turner and Abby Anderson. She has also been a guest of NASCAR and Royal Caribbean, and had a National Anthem performance televised on ESPN.
Amanda is currently performing as an acoustic solo/duo act, as well as with her full band. The upcoming year brings new music not only from Amanda but from other artists recording and releasing her original works. She will be relocating to Nashville in Fall 2020.
Trio - Folk Song
WKLB 102.5 (Boston)
Trio - Mercury Lounge (NYC)
Coffee Music Project Finals
Band - Secret Love
Steve Katsos Show (Boston)
"This smart, fearless singer/songwriter has a way with words that draw you in, and make you wait to hear how the story unfolds. Amanda's approach is refreshingly real. She says what she wants to say, poetically, and makes the music she feels in her heart. The result is well crafted, honest and captivating art. Her progression is clear, especially in the ironically infectious, Folk Song."
"Top to bottom, her latest album, "Road Trip," is filled with well-crafted illustrations that paint pictures and tell stories of someone in complete control of her art... original songs that were simultaneously haunting, memorable, and packed with irresistible hooks."
[on her single I Love Who You Are] - "The single is splendid folk-pop that is suitable for all moods; its message is of love and perseverance. The snappy snare rhythm, brilliant acoustic melodies, and larger-than-life harmonious choruses are led by McCarthy’s enchanting vocals, driving the message home."
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