Amanda Rundquist

Amanda Rundquist

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Acoustic Music with Various Edges

Biography

Amanda Rundquist, rising star of the indie/folk genre, grew up in a rural community in southeast Minnesota. Ever since she was old enough to sing, she dreamt of being a music artist. She began piano lessons at age five and was soon singing and playing at churches and nursing homes with her mother. Early on, she discovered her natural ability to sit down and play a song soon after hearing it, a skill she shares with both her mother and grandfather. By age 12 she had written her first single "Lonely Love Song" which appears on her debut CD "Long Long Week". "Amanda's lyrics have such a deep human appeal. Each one tells a story the listener can relate to in a personal way," says engineer and producer Douglas Yoder of Studio 7220. "That's the magic of gifted songwriters. They reach in, and pull something out of [the listener] rather than trying to force something in."
Amanda describes Long Long Week as a long, long overdue project. "Man, I had enough material by the time I was 27 to record almost three albums," she says, with a sheepish grin. "The hardest thing was picking what would go on the album." Though none of the tracks stray from her folk roots, they still manage to cover a broad range of style. "Genuine" stands out as a warm love ballad that would be at home in a wedding ceremony, while "Far Away" is an edgy, punk-leaning rocker with a slight Caribbean rhythmic bed. At the same time, "Dreams" is an ethereal and orchestral expression of longing. Still, none of these works lacks the earthy, driving acoustic strum that is Amanda's trademark.
A life-long pianist, Amanda also plays piano and synth on much of the album. Her work on "This Time" and "Your Prisoner" stands as an example of the keyboard talent she inherited from her mother, who so greatly influenced her musical upbringing. Guitarist and instructor Carl Stephenson also plays a large roll in Long Long Week as well. "Carl laid down all the guitar parts that I just didn't have the skills to put together," says Amanda, who only recently started playing guitar. "It's kind of a drag when you write things you're not ready to play, but I suppose we all do it from time to time," she says with a laugh. Then she adds, more seriously, "in the studio, Carl really got where I was going with the composition and added some guitar lines that blew us all away. Those little decorations really made the CD something special."

Lyrics

Wrap Me Up

Written By: Amanda Rundquist


Wrap me up baby in your arms
sing a sweet song, in my ear
Wrap me up baby with your love
make me feel, that way you make me feel
Wrap me up baby anywhere
in a blanket, on the beach
Wrap me up baby something sweet
make me feel beautiful

I wanna be wrapped up tight with you
wrap me something, something true
I wanna be tangled up with you
when you tell me, you love me too
ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh
yeah, ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh

Wrap me up let me feel your touch
let's call in, and get our lovin on
Wrap me up in your pick-up truck
tailgate down, all the stars above
Wrap me up bring my world to life
lets forget about our stressful lives
Wrap me up honey I can't wait
the future's looking great

I wanna be wrapped up tight with you
wrap me something, something true
I wanna be tangled up with you
when you tell me you love me too
and I wanna be wrapped up tight with you
in a blanket, under the sky so blue
and I wanna be tangled up with you
cause you know honey, I love you too
ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh
yeah, ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh

(guitar solo and key change)

I wanna be wrapped up tight with you
wrap me something, something true
I wanna be tangled up with you
when you tell me you love me too
and I wanna be wrapped up tight with you
in a blanket, under the sky so blue
and I wanna be tangled up with you
cause you know honey, I love you too
ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh
yeah, ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh

Discography

Long Long Week
1. Long Long Week
2. Silver Plate of Fear
3. Your Prisoner
4. Far Away
5. My Home
6. Lonely Love Song
7. My Way
8. This Time
9. Dreams
10. Wrap Me Up
11. Love Lies
12. Genuine
13. Nashville Tenessee

Set List

Originals:
Long Long Week
Silver Plate of Fear
Your Prisoner
Far Away
My Home
Lonely Love Song
My Way
This Time
Dreams
Wrap Me Up
Love Lies
Genuine
Nashville Tennessee
Friday Night Blues
Today
Not Alone
Label Me

Covers You May Hear:
Our Song - Taylor Swift
Gunpowder & Lead - Miranda Lambert
Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow
Maybe I'm Amazed - Jem
Obla-Di Obla-Da - The Beatles
Umbrella - Marie Digby
Tattoo - Jordan Sparks
Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
Breathe 2am - Anna Nalick
Bubbly - Colbie Caillet
Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac
Landslide - Dixie Chicks
Love Song - Sara Bareilles
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Nowhere Man - The Beatles
Runaway - Love & Theft
Realize - Colby Caillet
Black Horse & the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson
What I've Done - Marie Digby
What's Up - 4 Non Blondes
Broken Wing - Martina McBride
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