Irresistible pop hooks and sophisticated musicality: Yes, Amanda Lamb is a sunny Orange County, California teenager, but her songs reveal the emotional wisdom and dedicated creative vision of a luminous artist.
Amanda shares her newest project with a growing fan base in an ambitious account of first love. The six songs, to be released over the next 12 months, each signify one chapter of a story, and are accompanied with text and an online video that narrate the chronicle of a teenage romance. The series begins with “Starcrossed Heartbeat” as the scenario unfolds.
On her CD debut, Highwire, Amanda introduced herself with a suite of songs that captured the searching complexity of teen years coupled with an undeniable sense of perspective. She named the CD after a signature track, “Life of An Aerialist,” as she notes the song’s axis of fragility and strength, a paradox that continues to define her art.
Amanda is a stickler for live instruments in the studio. “Everything is real, the tambourine, the organ and the Wurlitzer,” she says. She takes great care in preparing for vocal sessions and her vocal tracks are natural and honest, free of excessive digital effects.
Named to indie-music’s Top 25 for 2012, nominated for Best Pop Artist and named Best Youth Artist for the Orange County Music Awards, Amanda is a live performer who has commanded a variety of stages. “It doesn’t matter to me what size the audience is,” she says as she notes performances at The Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, CA, and Los Angeles venues like M Bar and the Whisky. However she is most enthusiastic about the larger capacity Yost Theatre in Santa Ana, CA. “I could move more on the big stage,” she says, “it makes me want more– lights, fog and visual effects.”
This stage-ready eagerness belies Amanda’s origins as a performer who was once “petrified” at the prospect of singing in front of people. It is a fear that she conquered via a trip to visit Nashville’s Brett Manning (Taylor Swift, Hayley Williams) which boosted her confidence to land lead performances with choirs in middle and high school. She has studied with distinguished vocal coach Lis Lewis (Colbie Caillat, Rihanna) for the past 3 years to further develop her artistry.
As a songwriter, Amanda collaborates with her producer Wayne Miller and also with her mother. “She helps me see my life from a different perspective,” Amanda observes.
One of Amanda’s most celebrity-intensive performances was at actor Danny DeVito’s home, where she opened for The Jonas Brothers at the "Rock for Diabetes" benefit concert. It was an event with a special significance, because like the youngest of the trio, Amanda also lives with Type 1 Diabetes.
“Sometimes people says to me, ‘But you’re such a happy, upbeat person,” Amanda shares. “I tell them that I have good and bad days – but I don’t let the bad days get to me.” It is this destiny, determination and drive that define Amanda Lamb as a young woman, an old soul, and an artist with extraordinary magic to share.
Amanda Lamb- Singer
Corey Gonzalez- Bass
Troy Welstad- Keyboard
Steve Miller- Guitar
Nate Lotz- Drums
Starcrossed Hearbeat - compilation - released beginning Jan. 5, 2012 as part of a 6-song series which will complete 11/12. This series is a multi-media story of love at its finest and lowest, expressed via songs, video and short stories available on my website.
Christmas In Love - single - released Nov. 25, 2011, received streaming and independent radio airplay.
Highwire - released Nov. 5, 2010: received online and independent radio airplay, especially tracks 2 and 3.
Self-titled EP - released Nov. 2009
I'm Moving On
A Ghost of Myself
Lost In the Fog
Don't Get Me Wrong
The Life Of An Aerialist
Winner - Best Youth Artist
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Amanda is honored to have been chosen as winner of the category "Best Youth Artist" at the OCMA awa...Amanda is honored to have been chosen as winner of the category "Best Youth Artist" at the OCMA awards for 2011. This large, prestigious event in Orange County California brings together local talent, and the category is judged by local press and industry insiders.
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Oct. 10, 2010. Based on a submission of Kiss Me Now, the first single off of Amanda Lamb's new album...Oct. 10, 2010. Based on a submission of Kiss Me Now, the first single off of Amanda Lamb's new album Highwire, Indie Music Magazine has named her an Editor's Pick for October.
Indie-Music.com Staff writer review
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Precocious 16-year-old Amanda Lamb has a sound way beyond her years. While most teenagers just liste...Precocious 16-year-old Amanda Lamb has a sound way beyond her years. While most teenagers just listen to music from the likes of Taylor Swift and Rihanna, Lamb has been busy working with these superstars' vocal coaches (Brett Manning, Lis Lewis). With this kind of first-class guidance, will Lamb recreate Swift's high school success story?
Lamb's music is upbeat and appealing, with solid structure and a great feel. "Banish Love" is a fun slice of catchy pop, while anthems like "Funny Disaster" and the sweet ballad "About You" cement her radio-friendly sound. Lamb has a rich, old-soul voice that belies her age - and I have a feeling that we'll be hearing a lot more from this artist.
Soon to Be A Household Name!
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This young, talented performer is soon to be a household name! We had the pleasure of talking with A...This young, talented performer is soon to be a household name! We had the pleasure of talking with Amanda backstage the night of her CD release party at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana. We’re impressed with her talent and determination. (the rest of the interview is a video)
I can accomodate a large stage with full 5 piece band, as well as a stripped down acoustic show, which involves myself and an acoustic guitar accompanist. Sets can range from 2-3 songs up to 1 1/2 hours. I've also played at local malls, which are 4 hour gigs! My voice holds out well, we usually do 3 45-minute sets for those, using an acoustic guitarist and an electric guitarist who provides atmospheric fingering - many people mistake his sounds for a keyboardist.
Sets can include originals such as found on my epk and website, along with covers such as:
93 Million Miles (Jason Mraz)
Black Horse and a Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall)
Don't Get Me Wrong (the Pretenders)
King of Anything (Sara Bareilles)
Maybe (Ingrid Michaelson)
Glitter In The Air (Pink)
Landslide (Stevie Nicks)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.