Amanda McCarthy is a storyteller compelled to speak the truth. Based in Nashville and raised in New England, she is an award-winning songwriter, entertainer and recording artist. 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 debut album "Road Trip" was released in 2019 to high acclaim.
Amanda's original music has been recognized through the Grammy Nomination Ballot, Great American Song Contest, International Songwriting Competition, UK Songwriting Contest, Nashville Daily, YEP Nashville, SongDoor, Cornell University's Emerging Artist Series, NYC's Coffee Music Project, Nashville's Josie Music Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Atlanta's ISSA Awards, and New England based 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 with airplay on Nashville Daily, 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 #6 on Sweet Sunday Sounds 89.5 (Australia), Folk Song hitting #3 on Ignition Country (UK), and "Tiki Bar" hitting #9 on Radio A1A (Florida). Her song "Sticks and Stones" was featured in the documentary "Bullied to Silence" and her music has been used as the theme song for several programs/organizations.
She has supported shows for Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith), Hunter Hayes, Train, Imagine Dragons, Rob Thomas, REO Speedwagon, Hall & Oates, One Republic, Styx, Jason Lancaster (of Mayday Parade), Pentatonix, James Arthur, Jason Isbell, Natasha Bedingfield, O.A.R., Frank Turner, Fitz & the Tantrums, Hawthorne Heights, Levi Hummon, Alex Preston, 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 looking forward to several cuts by other artists along with her own releases throughout 2021.
She currently performs solo acoustic, as a duo, and with her band.
Whiskey Jam's New in Town Special
Duo - Winners Bar (Nashville)
Elephant in Room/Somewhere in Syracuse
Trio - Mercury Lounge (NYC)
Please e-mail to request
Angel - Aerosmith cover
Solo - live for Steven Tyler (NH)
Band - 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."
"Nashville is the right move for her really; the song sounds exactly like what you'd expect to hear if you thought of a Jewel and Shania Twain team-up, an exuberantly sunny jaunt on a balloon of open-chord strumming. The zydeco-pocked 'Folk Song' shows her Tay-Tay side; 'Tiki Bar' moves from phone-patch vocal giddiness into a full-blown singalong."
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