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Amanda McCarthy is a multi-genre and award winning singer-songwriter from the Boston area. Most notably, she was named "Singer-Songwriter of the Year" by Limelight Music Magazine at their 2013 awards show in Providence, RI. She recently released her debut album, The Good, The Bad & The Awkward, and already has plans on the way to record and release new music soon.
You'll usually find Amanda playing a solo acoustic set, or as an acoustic duo with brother/lead guitarist Mark McCarthy, but you may catch Amanda playing with a full band, or playing piano, ukulele or percussion instruments. Catchy but passionate original music draws listeners in, and she makes a point to deliver her music in the most honest and authentic way possible.
Some songs, like the title track, Awkward, are fun and light-hearted. "People come up to me after shows saying 'You lied!' and it's the coolest thing," Amanda admits.
Others tackle heavier emotions, like Sticks and Stones. One of Amanda's most well received songs, with seven awards to date, she reflects on years of bullying in middle school and high school. She tells listeners in an online interview, "Luckily it's not something I deal with too much anymore, but it definitely left its mark. It's hard to open up, but the music helps. That's how I talk to people. There will always be people looking to tear you down. People need to know it's not okay, and people need to know they're not alone."
She's not looking to be another cookie cutter act, which she admits can be tricky as a primarily pop-oriented artist. "I refuse to wear contacts. I like how I look in glasses. I'm not perfect. I trip and I stumble over my words. But you know what? That's me. Fans look past it, and if people are enjoying my music I'm not too concerned with how 'marketable' people think I am," she admits.
That mentality has seemed to work out for her just fine so far. Since she was only 16, her music has brought her to most of the East Coast, including: Disney's Hollywood Studios and Downtown Disney (Orlando), Boston's Hard Rock Cafe, Six Flags Theme Parks (New England and NY), The Bitter End (NYC), The Middle East Downstairs (Boston), and many more. She's had the honor of being a guest singer at the State Houses of both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She has been seen singing the National Anthem live on ESPN. She was chosen from hundreds of applicants to play at JeepFest, sponsored by Boston's Hit Radio Station, Kiss 108. She has opened for well acclaimed artists, including: Jason Lancaster (of Mayday Parade), SayWeCanFly, IM5, Alex Preston (3rd place American Idol), Jillian Jensen (American Idol/X Factor/anti-bullying advocate), Jennel Garcia (X Factor) and more.
"With clever yet introspective songwriting delivered through a powerful voice and equally powerful guitar, Amanda has proven that she has the talent and wisdom to get onstage with the heavyweights and stay there."
-Daniel Kilgour, Our City Radio Portsmouth