"Her newest tune 'Sunset,' just became our new favorite female empowerment song of the summer." -Music City Melodies (Nashville)
"An emotive and dynamic soundscape circles McCarthy's image-driven and empowering lyrics perfectly." -Buzz Music LA
"Easygoing storytelling that left us wanting more. This is a hit, right out of the box." -SongDoor (Nashville)
"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." -Carolyn Kruse, WKLB 102.5 (Boston)
"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." -Bill Burke, NH Magazine
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Amanda McCarthy is a storyteller compelled to speak the truth. Based in Nashville since 2020, with a 10+ year start to her career in New Hampshire and Massachusetts - she is an award-winning songwriter, entertainer and recording artist. Blending many influences, her original music is the infusion of pop, country, rock and modern folk - sprinkled with millennial snark and the heart of an old soul. Her debut full-length album "Road Trip" was released in 2019 to high acclaim, and her Nashville-debut single "Don't Stop Me" was released in March of 2022. She tours nationally when possible, with experience in all four corners of the US.
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 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 (Australia), "Don't Stop Me" hitting #2 on Sweet Sunday Sounds (Australia) and #9 on The Georgia Songbirds (Atlanta), "Don't Stop Me" and "Folk Song" hitting #3 on Ignition Country (UK), "Tiki Bar" hitting #9 on Radio A1A (Florida), and "Sticks and Stones" hitting #1 on ipmNation (New Hampshire.) "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. Her songs "Solo", "Just One Night" and "On the Border" charted on iTunes in the UK and Canada following her 2019 album release.
Amanda has had the honor and experience of main stage appearances for Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith), Hunter Hayes, Hawthorne Heights, and Jason Lancaster (of Mayday Parade.) She has also held side stage appearances for Train, Imagine Dragons, Rob Thomas, REO Speedwagon, Hall & Oates, One Republic, Styx, Pentatonix, James Arthur, Jason Isbell, Natasha Bedingfield, O.A.R., Frank Turner, Fitz & the Tantrums, and Abby Anderson. She has performed for NASCAR at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, for a Royal Caribbean cruise, and had a National Anthem performance televised on ESPN.
Along with her own artistry, Amanda shines as a songwriter through songs that have been cut by other artists. Notably - "The Long Haul" (April Cushman) reached #16 on the iTunes country charts and has amassed almost 50,000 streams. Amanda also had the opportunity to perform "Second Place" (unreleased) alongside Sam Ferrara at Nashville's world-famous Bluebird Cafe. "I Don't Deserve It" (Coda Sky) received several awards and recognitions in New England and beyond. "I Don't Deserve It" has also been performed by Amanda Mena, a contestant on American Idol and Golden Buzzer semi-finalist on America's Got Talent.