Amanda Shaw is a singer-songwriter who simply compels you to listen. With her evocative, distinct voice as described by one reviewer, her accomplished vocals will ‘mesmerize’ you. Throughout her childhood and teens, Amanda performed in many shows and musicals. Having written songs since the age of 13, her vocal and songwriting style has been shaped from her earliest to present day musical influences. Some of her main influences include Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Lucie Silvas, Delta Goodrem, Celine Dion, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey and all styles of music from across a broad range of genres.
Amanda started working with Deuce Management and Promotions in 2010, and is one of their featured artists, having gained worldwide radio play for her music at local radio stations as well as online radio stations. Amanda entered a competition to win the chance to have a track recorded with T2 Productions and mastered by Grammy Award winning Earle Holder. Having heard her song ‘Simple Things,’ out of over 100 competition entries; hit songwriter Tat Tong who runs T2 Productions chose to produce and record Amanda’s song ‘Simple Things.’ Tat has worked with many major label artists and has a huge 38 top 20 hits to his name. Earle Holder who is considered to be among the top professional mastering engineers worldwide works with Public Enemy, Candice, and Tameko Star among many others. He has recorded and produced for Atlanta Records, Universal and Interscope.
In 2011 Amanda met Maggie K De Monde – who she writes with – through her degree in Music. Maggie, – who had a hit in the 80’s with ‘No Memory’ for the band Scarlet Fantastic, was invited by the college to speak about her career in music as part of the course. They formed a co-writing partnership which resulted in Amanda’s tracks ‘Free Falling’, ‘Live For Now’ and more recently ‘Summer’s Day’ ‘Belle Epoque’ and ‘I Am Not You’ all of which are particularly pop-folk in style.
Amanda completed her degree (Professional Musicianship – vocals) at Brighton Institute of Modern Music – a college known for working with tutors that have had huge success within the music Industry. Some of the highlights included a vocal workshop run by Kelly Bryan from girl band Eternal, and Eliot May from Basement Jaxx, as well as a music Industry seminar led by Mike Batt, the manager of Katie Melua.
During her degree, Amanda also worked with Audio Beach Studios Forbes Coleman, who produced her tracks ‘ Relentless’ ‘Travelling’ and ‘Black and White.’ Some of these tracks can be found on her latest EP ‘Live For Now.’ Released in 2013 – A collection of work drawn from the past five years, along with her single ‘Simple Things.’ The album is available for digital download at online stores Amazon, Cd Baby, and Itunes amongst many others.
In 2012 Amanda recorded with A Star Studios, having co-written songs with Mercury Prize nominated winner Andy Ross. Andy is an International contract songwriter for Clippers Music, one of the world’s most respected publishers. The musicians playing on the tracks were no less than Simon Moore (drums) Neil Fairclough (bass) and Steve Power (keys). These musicians are no strangers to the music industry; Neil Fairclough has played bass for rock band Queen on many occasions, Simon Moore is an extremely talented drummer having worked with the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Shaznay Lewis, and former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown. Steve Power has worked as part of the production team with Robbie Williams on the song ‘Millenium’ amongst other artists. Amanda also worked with MJS Music to record ‘Sanctuary’ amongst a few others. MJS create some impressive string arrangements that showcase her songs ‘Silent Lullaby’ and ‘The City’ particularly.
In 2013/ 2014 Amanda started working with producer Gavin Miller who’s achievements include having released tracks through Ministry of Sound and Karma Lounge remixing the likes of David Gray and Moloko, and he co-writes with Emma Holland. Amanda is regularly pitched songs from songwriters worldwide who have had their songs included in soundtracks for TV, film and various other placements, and will be using some of this material for this new recording project, alongside her own material and co-writes.
A highlight of 2015 has included having her song ‘Travellin’ produced by Forbes Coleman of Audio Beach Studios, played on TV series ‘Hollyoaks.’ The song was pitched to the TV show by Notting Hill Music Publishing when the founder of Notting Hill Music’s Jon Saunderson expressed an interest in her music. In addition, she has signed a publishing deal for her song ‘Summer’s Day’ with Leopard Music Publishing. We are also yet to see Amanda, who now has three albums available to download and stream through all of the online sites, completing her project of making her albums ‘Belle Epoque’ and ‘The Acoustic Album’ available as hard copies to buy. She is currently working on brand new material, ready to record her next album, pitch her songs to more publishing companies and is putting together a new set list including more recent, not yet released material with the aim of a slightly more upbeat sound than those of her earlier albums.
What can we expect from Amanda going into 2017? With a brand new album on the way this summer, we have something to look forward to. 2017 will see her pitching one of her songs to an extremely well-known artist this year, and she looks set to be busy! Amanda’s plan is to record and play live in various new venues. She has now gained a large online following of over 12,000 fans, and various industry representatives have expressed a genuine interest in her music.
Amanda’s music is warm, moving, spiritual and exciting…a potent tonic for the senses.
Earle Holder – Chief Mastering Engineer Hdqtrz Mastering Studios
Amanda is an excellent singer/songwriter/keyboard player, with a beautiful, expressive voice which easily reaches the high notes. She writes and performs some very catchy and meaningful songs too!
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