Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Amanda is an exploding firecracker on stage. She has been compared to KT Tunstall because of her hard strumming rhythmic guitar playing and engaging lyrics. She performs regularly with percussionist Matthew Burgess & with full band Mary Star Church (think Norah Jones meets Blood Sugar Sex Magic).

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.” 

“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 has 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.” 

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. 

“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.” 

Amanda recently performed at Andrew Young's 75th birthday party in Atlanta thanks to SESAC. Among the attendees were President Clinton, Maya Angelou & Dick Gregory.

www.amandawilliamsmusic.net
www.myspace.com/amandawilliamsmusic
www.myspace.com/marystarchurch

Lyrics

Children in the Garden

Written By: Amanda Williams

After the darkness comes the light
That's how the story goes
We've got only one turn around this wheel
And then nobody knows
And the preacher can't tell me
Mama can't help me
& the devil don't even care
I'm learning my lessons
Trying to get to heaven &
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 &
The earth's in distress
I'm just trying to get back home

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
When I walk through the shadow
My heart will feel no fear
Cause 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

Good Run (of Bad Men)

Written By: Amanda Williams & Paul Brown

If it's a shot she's gonna shoot it
If it's a dare she's gonna do it
She rides the wild side of life
And chases trouble every night
She'll find him out there on the prowl
Acting like he owns the town
You know he ain't her first mistake
But that's a game she likes to play

CHORUS
She's on a good run of bad men

She'll take it right up to her limit
She'll play her cards and then she'll end it
She won't be lonely very long
She's getting good at moving on

REPEAT CHORUS

Unity Peace & Plenty

Written By: Amanda Williams & D. Scott Miller

Let us rejoice in happiness
Let us be bold, let us be blessed

Unity peace & plenty of love
Coming together I'm dreaming of
Unity peace & plenty of love

Lend me your voice
Lend me your ear
The time is now
The place is here

Unity peace & plenty of love
Coming together I'm dreaming of
Unity peace & plenty of love

You can look and feel the way you're meant to be
We got to learn to let go, get back to purity
Open minded to the possibilities

Unity peace & plenty of love
Coming together I'm dreaming of
Unity peace & plenty of love

Discography

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

2002 Capital Records release "Scarecrow" Garth Brooks & George Jones duet "Beer Run"

2002 Bandit Records release "The Rock" George Jones & Garth Brooks duet "Beer Run"

2006 Debut "Poetry" available on CD Baby, iTunes

2007 "Peacedriven Songs" compilation - song "Unity Peace & Plenty"

airplay on Kix 96 in Muscle Shoals "Girl Fight", also Red Dirt Radio in SC

Set List

All original songs

1 or 2 sets 45 min to 1 hour