Amanda Droste

Amanda Droste

 New York City, New York, USA
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If Alanis Morissette got hit with a Truck full of Foo Fighters.....

Biography

Amanda Droste is no American Idol, and she is sure to let you know it on her sarcastically titled tune -”American Idle”. Just one of 10 gems on her first full-length album, “UNFAZED” has debuted to glowing reviews. Released February 14th, 2008 at www.AmandaDroste.com, it already has critics claiming, “Her brand of snappy pop-punk songs are better than most of the music out right now.”

After working and writing with industry pro’s such as Sony’s own Andre Deyo (writer: Jennifer Lopez), and Jimmy Greco (writer/producer: Santana), Amanda sought out producer Bart Migal for her own project. Together they built strong rock songs with playful pop hooks, genuine lyrics and varied personas. The contrast of whispered intimate stories and forceful biting narratives means Amanda’s “Unfazed” is already drawing comparisons ranging from Liz Phair to Alanis. Though she “sounds far less pretentious and forced than Avril could ever hope to be.” So says TheBlackTambourine.

Landing the cover of Good Times Magazine as one to watch in 2007, her face graced newsstands again for the March 2008 issue (distributing to over 1,500 locations in New York). With songs released in a sneak preview, “I Won’t Know” was voted one of NextBigHit.com’s “Best of 2006” while “American Idle” climbed to 6 all-time in pop rock at Garageband.com. Previously, her debut EP “Tide You Over” (2004) ranked 13th out of 72,838 artists on CDBABY.com, and was met with praise such as “Perfectly performed, expertly recorded intro effort”, so it is no surprise her latest album is generating interest again.

A New York transplant, the Michigan native can be found performing with her band and acoustically at such legendary venues as: The Central Park Band Shell, Snitch, Crash Mansion, The Cutting Room and The Canal Room in NYC- she also recently added The Whiskey A Go Go and Genghis Cohen in L.A. to her conquests.
Request her at a radio station near you.

Garageband Honors:
Track of the Day on Oct 18, 2006 in Pop Rock
#6 Rocking Track in Pop Rock, All-Time
Rocking Track in Pop Rock, week of Jan 8,2007
Best Bass in Pop Rock, week of Jan 22, 2007
Best Female Vocals in Pop Rock, week of Sep 25, 2006
Best Bass in Pop Rock, week of Sep 25, 2006
Rocking Track overall, week of Sep 25, 2006
Rocking Track in Pop Rock, week of Sep 25, 2006
Grooviest Rhythm in Pop Rock, week of Sep 25, 2006
Best Female Vocals in Pop, week of Jul 17, 2006
Best Production in Pop, week of Jul 17, 2006
Rocking Track in Pop, week of Jul, 10 2006
Best Lyrics in Pop, week of May 1, 2006
Best Female Vocals overall, week of Sep 26, 2005
Best Female Vocals in Pop Rock, week of Sep 26, 2005
Rocking Track in Pop Rock, week of Sep 26, 2005
Best Female Vocals in Pop, week of Nov 28, 2005

Featured on NextBigHit.com!
Best of 2006-Runner Up (Jan, 2007)
Volume 132b (Aug, 2006)
Volume 128b (July, 2006)
Volume 121 (June, 2006)
Volume 107 (Feb, 2006)
Volume 17 (Oct, 2005)

Compilation CDs:
CDBABY.com - ‘Top Sellers 2004’
Non Profit Promotion’s - ‘EMERGE Volume 1’
Airgo Music - ‘A Winter’s Wish’

Lyrics

Jungle Gym

Written By: Amanda Droste

From here I see you, but I don’t know
If you see me, the same
You wonder close

And I hope you don’t mind
But I find myself
Looking over at you
Thinking impure thoughts
I try to focus on what you say
But your brown eyes are distracting me
And I hope you don’t mind
But I find myself
Wondering if you’ve felt
Half of the things I’ve felt

Can
I climb all over you like a jungle gym
Can
I jump on your bed
Wrap my legs
Around you and
Then
We’ll cancel our plans and just Play in
I’ve shared a lot of things with you
But all I’m craving now is this

And I hope you don’t see
That I’m not myself
Keep the small talk in flow
So that you can’t tell
Laugh and carry on this way
Sexual tension is killing me
And I hope you don’t see
But I find myself
Wondering if you’ve felt
Half of these things I’ve felt
Can you help?

CHORUS

You’re all I crave, All I crave (yeah)
Did you just touch my hand?
Intentional or an accident?
I know you feel the way I do so…

I Won't Know

Written By: Amanda Droste

Don’t feed me your excuses
Later on when you think I’m over it
You stayed in all night,
So you say
But you could have
Had it in you
To show up instead

So where’d you go
You think I don’t know
You see I’m not a stupid girl
So where’d you go
You think I don’t know

So don’t tell me that you’re coming
So don’t tell me that you’ll show
If you wanna lie about it
Better Lie Low, Lie Low. Lie Low
If you wanna Lie
Don’t think that I wont know
Don’t think that I wont know
Don’t think that I wont know

Found out where you were last night
So all of these lies just wont make due
You felt kinda sick
You were tired
It was late
What kind of a prick has this lame excuse?

So where’d you go, you think I don’t know
I see through all the Shit you pull
So where’d you go, you think I don’t know

CHORUS

In the morning said you want me, than why were you out with your friends?
First you call than you ignore me, bet you weren’t playin scrabble and chess.
Cuz everyday your stories make a little more sense to me,
your horny, but I mean so much less to you
than your Buddies-If you like em, than mess around with them

CHORUS (repeat)

American Idle

Written By: Amanda Droste & Bart Migal

Thought of moving to the city
But it's so far away from here
Barely makin' a living
Suddenly doesnt seem so bad
So I think Im gonna
Keep my old job at the corner store
In Plainfield Illinois
And then in the evening
I wouldn't miss my precious

Idols...
Turn me on, thats what they're for
And Ill stay idle
Turn the channels I need
More more more
Maybe my obsession here is
Taking control
Wait NO, its not me, its the whole damn world

Just a little envy
Throw the remote at the TV
Wonder if the next show
Is gonna suck the soul from me
Wanna get a friend or a pet or just
Get a life
The screen keeps plaguing me
How did they get so pretty
How could I miss my precious

Idols...
Turn me on, thats what they're for
And Ill stay idle
Turn the channels I need
More more more
Maybe my obsession here is
Taking control
Wait NO, its not me, its the whole damn world

American Dream
What does it mean?
Look at the screen
This is my scenery
Go on deceiving me
I will believe
American Dream
What does it mean?
Look at the screen
Im in so deep
God what is wrong with me?
Ill never be anything, anything like my....

Split Personality

Written By: Amanda Droste & John Gordon

I like who you are, when you love me
To bad half the time you’re insane
I think you have 10 people trapped in that body
And they don’t all love me the same
Words will speak louder than actions sometimes
Your action’s confusing

Chorus
I like who you are
When you love me
Wait it out, is that today?
I like who you are
If you hug me
I line up, you push away

Can’t take it anymore
Took this way too far
Don’t know which side your on
Pick one pick one

Did you need to be left alone
With your other self
What an imposition I must be
I’ll give you some time
Maybe get some help
I can recommend a shrink
I want to know you
The real you
Can he come out and play, hey!

Chorus
You Push Away
You Push Away

I can’t take it anymore
I let you take this way too far
I still don’t know who’s side your on
Pick one pick one

Split personality
You know you’re killing me

Chorus (Repeat)
You Push Away
You Push Away

All Over Again

Written By: Amanda Droste & Bart Migal

You got down from the catwalk
While we watched from the side
You told us what to look like
But now you’re falling off the ride

After years of standing out,
‘Bout to blend into the crowd
And your
Not sacred
So you do it all over again
So you do it all over again

You could dominate a mike but
That’s if you made it to the stage
That’s right you got a reputation
The kind they twist on the front page

After years of standing out,
‘Bout to blend into the crowd
And your
Not sacred
So you do it all over again

So you do it all over again
Yeah, you prove that you’re already in
So you do it all over again
Yeah, you prove that you’re,
Prove that you’re already in

Follow me blow away
That chip on your shoulder
This time you have a say
All your own

Like a falling house of cards you can be built up again
Unlike a falling star, here than gone
You can have a second chance
If you’re caught in a wreck, if you break
You wont be the only one
So will you fight
Or are you done

Sweep up all the glitter
And take your head out of the haze
You could sit and be bitter
Or use your claws and find a way

After years of standing out,
‘Bout to blend into the crowd
And your
Not Safe Yet
So you do it all over again

So you do it all over again
Yeah, you prove that you’re already in
So you do it all over again
Yeah, you prove that you’re,
Prove that you’re already in

Follow me blow away
That chip on your shoulder
This time you have a say
All your own……

Stage Fright

Written By: Amanda Droste & John Gordon

What with the quake, I feel in my hands
Swallow down deep, I’ll just follow the plan
I can step one foot after the next
Take the stage, And find eyes
I’ll connect

Damn I can’t let this go
When I see the lights I know
I’m all right, I’m all right, I’m all right, I’m all right
Damn I can’t let it show,
When I see the lights I know
I’m all right, I’m all right, I’m all right, I’m all right
A million judging eyes
Judging every move
Go ahead
A million judging eyes see
What I can’t hide
Hide

V2
Gasping for air, I just might drown
On the way here, they warn don’t fidget around
Fighting Fear, my fingers tap the glass
Silence Rings…
I’ve got to fill it fast

CHORUS

I can’t hide
I can’t hide
Hold on for the lights
Just wait on the lights

Break
Go away quake, Leave my hands

HALF CHORUS

When its Over (When its over, when its)
When its Over (When its over, When its)
When its Over (When its over, when its)
When its Over
Lets do it again….
Go away quake, leave my hands

Not and Ordinary Change

Written By: Amanda Droste/ Bart Migal

When you’re ready for a new day
Brave enough to believe
Easy landing, happy ending
But where does it begin

Yeah we know it's rough
Would you lift us up?

Not an ordinary change
Not an ordinary man
We need a different kind of deal
Were crying out again
Not an ordinary face
Not an ordinary plan
We need a different kind of deal
Were counting on your strength

Yeah we know it's tough
So we've learned to toughen up.

When you're ready for ideas
To change us for the better
You can find them in a person
One of us, not one of them

Let a call ring out
For a hero now
Raise your voice

Chorus x 2

Let a call ring out
For a hero now

Discography

UNFAZED (2.14.2008)
1. I Won't Know
2. Stage Fright
3. American Idle
4. Split Personality
5. A Thousand Miles
6. Stay Insane
7. Jungle Gym
8. Unfazed
9. Too Late to Learn
10. All Over Again

(Preview all tracks at www.amandadroste.com)

TIDE YOU OVER (EP)(2004)
1.Just Like That
2.Thank You
3.Coming Back

*Rod Morgenstein appears on tracks 1 and 2!

TRACKS FROM BOTH ALBUMS HAVE STREAMING/RADIO AIRPLAY! SEE BIO.

Set List

Typical Set: 30min-1 hour.

Song List:
1. American Idle
2. Jungle Gym
3. I Won't Know
4. 1000 Miles
5. Stay Insane
6. To Late To Learn
7. Split Personality
8. Stage Fright
9. All Over Again
10. Unfazed
11. Just Like That
12. Thank You
13. Coming Back

*Additional original and cover material if needed.