Amanda knew in preschool that she needed to an artist. She began studying piano at the age of 4, and grew up playing classical music. She created a folk trio in high school, and then honed her storytelling skills pursuing a path as an illustrator at the Rhode Island School of Design. With a newfound confidence after graduating, she began to build her own original songs pulling together her storytelling skills with her passion for music. Folk, roots, and country music heavily influence Amanda’s work. Her sound has been compared to Natalie Merchant, Joni Mitchell, and the Civil Wars.
In 2012, Amanda released her most recent album, Time and Tide. Recorded in rural Maine at The Great North Sound Society, the album captures the breath of the doors and windows. The album is calm and contemplative with song topics covering everything from the Egyptian afterlife to a secret affair. Pieces of the places she has lived also find their way into her songs. Amanda has lived in Nantucket, Maine, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Amanda Rae now calls the Hudson Valley home.
In the summer of 2012 Amanda was selected as a finalist in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project, and was asked to perform at the Bethlehem Musikfest on the Martin Guitar stage. Her song “Say It Out Loud” was selected by Philadelphia Independent radio station, 88.5 WXPN, as a Philly Local Pick of the Day, and she was a finalist in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project for the first time in 2008. She has had the opportunity to share the stage with some songwriters she greatly admires including Catie Curtis, Justin Townse Earle, Sons of Fathers, and The Good Lovelies. Amanda Rae also teaches photography and yoga and lives on a mountain with her dog Lyra.
"We have played a few shows together and she (Amanda) just keeps getting better. Really great music" -Catie Curtis
Amanda Penecale has a thoughtful delivery with her music that hasn’t the shrill markings of retro, nor the current fashionable flow. This is why her audience is a mix of people that keeps growing.
-David W. Wannop Ticket Magazine/Montgomery Media, Booking Agent
Penecale has proven she shows her brightest side through her music: “She sings her original songs in a crystal clear voice that lacks the shyness that is often found in a lot of singer/songwriters. This is enjoyable music no matter what your preferred genre.” -The indie Music Review
[Time and Tide] is kind of in the brand of Natalie Merchant with darker, more brooding overtones, a la Sarah McLaughlin. -NineBullets.net
"There are few people who can tell stories in song, yet newcomer Amanda Penecale is one of them. Her words and music echo a sweet and sad sentiment of memories, emotions and reflections." -Lindsey Borders, Guitar Girl Magazine