Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Acoustic rock reminiscent of Sheryl Crow meets KT Tunstall meets Red Hot Chili Peppers. Amanda plays acoustic or electric guitar and piano accompanied by percussionist, Matthew Burgess or solo acoustic. Check out www.myspace.com/amandawilliamsmusic for video and calendar.

Biography

Amanda Williams was born to be a songwriter. It’s in her blood. She comes from a long line of musicians and writers, most notably her songwriting father, Kim Williams (“Three Wooden Crosses,” “Ain’t Going Down ‘Til The Sun Comes Up”). Being able to sit at the feet of a master songwriter from an early age infused Williams with an innate sense of the craft of songwriting.  

She listened and learned from her dad and as her skill developed she began co-writing with him. They teamed up (along with several other writers) to pen the George Jones/Garth Brooks hit “Beer Run.” 

That song opened the door to the Nashville publishing community, but it also presented a problem. Williams didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a strictly country writer.  

“All my life I’ve heard that if you’re a country writer, you can’t write rock and if you’re a rock writer you can’t write country,” she says. “But sometimes it just happens. I understand the need for musical genres, but sometimes we get so bogged down in classifying music that we can’t just let the music be itself.” 

Williams found a kindred spirit in Magic Mustang Music, the publishing branch of Broken Bow Records. The company recognized the beauty and raw power in her songs and signed her to a publishing deal in 2005.   

After signing her deal she began pushing herself to write songs that were real, letting them flow out in whatever context seemed appropriate. She gained a sense of freedom as she strived to make her songs ever more truthful. 

Williams developed her own genre-busting style that had only one primary purpose—to connect with her audience. 

“Music reaches out and touches people in ways that make them feel like they’re not alone,” she says. “We isolate ourselves. We put ourselves in little cubicles and cars and living rooms. We shut out everything. Music breaks through those boundaries.” 

The hardest part of breaking down walls and opening doors is having something meaningful to say once that connection is made. An ability to do that transforms good songwriters into great ones. 

“I love songwriters who are trying to say something real,” says Williams. “One thing my father ingrained in me was that if a song doesn’t make you want to laugh, dance or cry then it’s not doing its job.” 

She learned that lesson well. Her songs have the emotional depth and lyrical subtlety of poetry. That’s intentional because Williams believes great songs and great poems both tap into universal themes.    

“Poetry is a symbolic way of communicating. A poem is timeless,” she says. “So is a good song if it’s done right.”

And there is a timeless quality to her writing. Whether she’s rocking out or singing a melancholy pop ballad, Williams cuts through the surface layers with the precision of a surgeon and reveals the beating heart of a song. And it’s not just her words that cut through; she’s blessed with a voice that’s spine-tingling good. She slips from bluegrass twang to soft croon to a full-throated rock roar with ease. Like her songwriting, her singing adapts to the song. 

“Being a songwriter has helped me so much as a singer,” she says. “I’ve learned how to get inside the song and sing from the perspective of the person in the song.” 

Though she’s an outstanding singer, Williams is first and foremost a songwriter. Singing is a platform to take her songs to a wider audience. That’s something that’s important to her.  

“I’m compelled to communicate,” she says. “I want to bring people together through my music. This is what I was put here to do.” 

She was born to write songs and so she does. She writes songs that stick in your head and transform your heart. She writes songs that knock down walls and refuse to be defined. Her songs build bridges and make connections. Her songs make a difference.  

And so does Amanda Williams.

Lyrics

After Tonight

Written By: Amanda Williams & Kris Bergsnes

Don't wanna make you cry
But I just can't live a lie
So I gotta let you go
Too late to take it slow

Don't have a reason why
I shouldn't say goodbye
So let me make this clear
Baby I'm outta here

Chorus
Ooh after tonight
Ooh after tonight

Don't know which one's to blame
Don't know why people change
It's not somebody new
It's only me and you

We hit a dead end wall
Girl we were bound to fall
Just take a look around
We're all in pieces on the ground

Bridge
One last dance with you my dear
One last chance to hold me near

© 2006

Addicted To You

Written By: Amanda Williams & Shalacy Griffin

I'm running hot - can't stop
I need a shot to put me in the right spot
Whatchu got for me
Sweet & nasty
Craving your loving you got me fiending like a junkie

I need a fix - quick
To make it through this
Sickness
I can't kick this

Chorus
Oh - You got me begging you for more
Oh - In the middle of the night I'm knocking at your door
Oh - I'm doing things I never meant to do
Oh - oh Cause I'm addicted to you

I'm satisfied - so high
Getting by but still I'm geeking for the next time
Bring it on - down home
Is it wrong?
Talking dirty on my cell phone

Feeling - naughty - bad boy - you got me

copyright 2006

Schoolgirl

Written By: Amanda Williams & Melody Guy

I been seeing him all over town
He's got a nice way of breaking my door down
Oh what an attitude - makes the girls crazy
Oh what I wouldn't do - if he called me baby

Chorus
Oh - he's so cool got me screaming like a schoolgirl
Oh - play that song play that song
Oh - he got moves make me wanna tear my clothes off
Oh - play that song play that song

He got confidence and chivalry
There's no hiding it - natural chemistry
He ain't putting on - no he's the real deal
Heart of a cowboy and a body of steel

Repeat Chorus

copyright 2005

Children in the Garden

Written By: Amanda Williams

After the darkness comes the light that's how the story goes
We got only one turn around this wheel and then nobody knows
And the preacher can't tell me Mama can't help me
And the devil don't even care
I'm learning my lessons trying to get to heaven
And I hope to see you there

Chorus
We are children in the garden
We are waking to the dream
We are traveling on life's circle
And we are one with everything

Old man on the TV tells me that God speaks through him
If I send my prayers and my money he'll put a good word in
Now Jesus can you save me will you come claim me
And guide my weary soul
The world is a mess and the earth's in distress
I'm just trying to get back home
Cause

Repeat Chorus

Bridge
When I walk through the shadow
My heart will feel no fear
Because I know at the end of my journey
I will find my saviour is there

After the darkness comes the light that's how the story goes
We got only one turn around this wheel and then nobody knows

Discography

2002 Epic Records/Heavy Rotation Records release "Shekinah 13 Artists: the Women of Berklee College of Music" song "Low"

co-writer "Beer Run" recorded by Garth Brooks (Scarecrow album) & George Jones (The Rock)

"Unity Peace & Plenty" from Peacedriven.com compilation 2006

debut album "Poetry" recorded in 2004 with Smith Curry (dobro) and D. Scott Miller (producer/guitar)

2007 release with band, Mary Star Church "Funkabilly 6:23"

Set List

all original sets - few exceptions
1 or 2 sets 45 min to 1 hour

Schoolgirl
Mirror
Carry Me Away
Unity Peace & Plenty
Addicted to You
An Ocean
Never Understand
The Storm
Low
etc...