Recently named Limelight Magazine's "Singer/Songwriter of the Year" in 2013, Amanda McCarthy has been building an impressive resume and career and at just 20 yeas old, continues to prove herself as one of New England's top teen/young adult regional acts, with hopes to expand that even further.
Mostly self-taught, Amanda not only sings but also plays guitar, ukulele, piano, and various types of percussion. She holds an impressive repertoire of original and cover songs, having written over 200 songs of her own and prepared cover songs of various genres and decades to have a little something ready for everybody.
Of course, every girl writes happy bubbly songs about falling in love along with the necessary bitter break up songs, but don't be fooled - Amanda's original music also tells stories of friendship, life, death, as well as overcoming bullying and other personal obstacles she has faced. Infectious originals like "Awkward" and "Just Last Week" leave fans singing long after the show ends, where others like "Sticks and Stones" and "Boston Calls" really hit home and leave a lasting impact on listeners.
In just a few short years, Amanda has worked her way from an aspiring teenage songwriter, to a professional young adult always working to expand her music career. She has played some of New England's top of the line venues and festivals including, but not limited to: Boston's Hard Rock Cafe, Six Flags Theme Parks (New England and NY), Faneuil Hall, Topsfield Fair, Fryeburg Fair, Boston Greenfest, Champlain Valley Fair, Foley Stadium, the Middle East, and has even had the honor of singing at the MA State House in Boston.
Along with her music being played on radio stations nation wide, as well as in Canada, the UK and Australia, Amanda has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists/bands such as Charlie Farren (of the Joe Perry Project), Jillian Jensen of X-Factor, Adam Ezra, Erika van Pelt of American Idol, Love Via Dance Machine, Ahmir, and many other gifted artists she has met along the way.
Amanda's original music has won her many awards. Most notably, her song "Sticks and Stones", an anti-bullying song reflecting on her own experiences, has been featured in a nationwide documentary entitled "Bullied to Silence." It was the winner of Music On & Up's anti-bullying songwriting contest in June 2011, as well as Limelight Magazine's runner-up winner for "Song of the Year" in 2012. Amanda has written the theme song for two organizations, Music On & Up and Greenschools. Another anti-bullying song she wrote called "I Don't Deserve It" (recorded by Boston teen band popALERT) was Limelight Magazine's runner-up winner for "Song of the Year" in 2013, a finalist for Stand Up To Bullying's original song contest and was performed at the nation's largest anti-bullying rally at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA, and was also recognized by the national documentary, Bully.
Amanda's ultimate mission with her music is to help others. She is an active advocate for anti-bullying movements and recently animal abuse movements, as well as many other causes that, as she says, "shouldn't even be a second thought."