Life is what you make of it, and you have to decide to enjoy it. Music is Amanda Holmes' mode of transportation, moving audiences in a positive way. With a yearning to inspire, console, and paint a metaphoric picture, Amanda bends notes and belts a blues flavor stripped of excessive frills and ornamentation. With songs about living life to the fullest, encouraging abused women to stand up for themselves, and the personal experience of losing a close loved one, her music slices as a shard cut from her own heart.
When she was nineteen years old, Amanda lost a lifelong best friend in an unexpected accident. "Losing someone I truly loved really placed life into perspective for me. So many little things in life that I worried about now seemed insignificant in comparison." "Don't Leave Me Yet" from her album "From My Heart" is a song inspired by the memory of her friend. Written as a comfort during her time of mourning, her song has been a comfort for many others during their times of grief as well. Her second album, "Savory Second" is dedicated to her recovery from losing a loved one, and the hard lessons she learned. With songs such as "When Grapes Turn to Wine" about appreciating what you have, and "Black and White" about seeing past what is on the surface, her messages carry a compassion and strength of determination as rich as the natural vibe and soulfulness of her voice. Her third album is scheduled to be released in May 2010, more information coming soon.
Her music has been described as a soulful blend of heartfelt pop with a rocker's edge. The New Times called her "big voiced Amanda Holmes." Whether she's wailing over an epic ballad or expressing with fine sensitivity a folk lyric conversation between her and her guitar, the intimacy of her music is warm and affecting. In the words of Grammy award winning producer Glen Ballard, "there is a refreshing earthiness and honesty in her writing and delivery that transcends trends and lives in a timeless category."