“A shining new star has burst onto the music scene in recent days & is sure to have many hit singles riding national charts in near future. 'A must' if you can see her perform live." Barry Fiedel (founder, HitMakers Magazine)
Music is in Amanda's blood. It has been said that she sang even before she could speak. Her voice could sometimes be heard from the rooftops of Newark, NJ where she would dwell for some months of her infancy with her musical mother & her guitar strumming father. From the age of two, the multi-ethnic (African American, Cherokee Indian, Italian, & Egyptian) Amanda Holley practically lived in the orchestra pit while her mother (graduate of Manhattan School of Music) would play some of the greatest musicals and symphonies ever written on her cello, her estranged father was a songwriter who wrote for Sarah Vaughan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-njCN4CZ8I, and her aunt, mentor, and coach, Pat Holley (JUILLIARD), is a veteran songwriter & arranger who discovered, vocally trained, managed, wrote for, and mentored Stephanie Mills and even arranged for magnificent opera singers such as Shirley Verrett! To escape the tragic circumstances of her childhood and home life, Amanda engrossed herself in music day in and day out, surviving on Whitney, Mariah, Aretha, Ella, and Billie's healing and inspiring vocals. She first began performing at local events for hundreds of people in her small NJ town at the age of 8, astonishing audiences with her soul and the maturity of her voice and connection to the lyric. As a teenager, Amanda even performed with the world renowned Les Paul at the jazz hotspot, Iridium.
As a SINGER and songwriter, she has recently collaborated for her project with Dimitri Ehrlich (over 20Xs platinum), GoldenChyl (multiple-Grammy nominee), Shaggy (multi-platinum artist), Andy Marvel (Oscar winner & multi-platinum for Celine Dion, Brian McKnight, etc), Nikki Gregoroff (Lady Gaga, Brittani Spears), Rob Fusari (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, etc.), Julien Believe (Shontelle, John Legend), Jeff Franzel (N'Sync, Temptations, Frank Sinatra, Deborah Cox), Dennis Williams (O'Jays, Backstreet Boys), Legz Dymond (MOP & Floetry), Rob Clores (Enrique Inglesias), Will Villalona (Nas), Michael Makowski (Amy Winehouse, Usher, Maxwell, etc.) Jimmy George (Taylor Dayne, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, etc.), Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Quincey Jones, Frank Sinatra etc.), Joseph Joubert (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan), and the phenomenally talented singer's producer Charles Wallert (George Benson, Dionne Warwick, OC Smith, Patti LaBelle, etc). They have even dubbed her "America's SoulFuL SweetHeart". Her lyrical talents stem from her outstanding poetic voice which earned her multiple awards, scholorships, and publications with Columbia Press at the ages of 16-18.
The multi-ethnic, 21 years young singer is managed by Toby Ludwig of 21st Century Artists (Shaggy, Maxi Priest, O'Jays, Anita Baker, Denny Laine, Jack Bruce, etc) & Matt Ramone (Phil Ramone Mngmt. Co.). She is also an accomplished actor (member of the Actors' Equity Association). Throughout High School, Amanda appeared in over seven leading and supporting roles in Off B'Way musicals along with an internationally distributed (Blockbuster & Suncoast) drama in which she took the supporting role and before she even graduated, had studied extensively and one on one with Juilliard, Tony, and Emmy award winning singers, teachers, actors, and musicians including Michael Imperioli, Sharon Angela, Nick Sandow, and Vince Curatola at Studio Dante along with Chris Scott, Petronia Paley, Tina Lane, Bob McHugh, LaVerne Reede, and Monica Johnson among many others. She began violin from the age of three and, throughout her teenaged years, played in numerous orchestras and ensembles.
Miss Holley plays the piano, has vocally trained various singers for executives of Capitol and Universal records and her student's roster (50 private students per week) spans from 7 year olds doing B'Way, to choral directors, all the way to multiple Grammy winning artists. Amanda states, "Music is who I am. I never woke up and decided to be a singer - I always have been and always will be. I eat, sleep, and BREATHE music. I cannot wait to share my story of tragedy, over-coming, strength, hope, and LOVE with the world through my music!".
Barry Fiedel (founder, HitMakers Magazine) -
“A shining new star has burst onto the music scene in recent days and is sure to have many hit singles riding the national charts in the near future. 'A must' if you can see her perform live”.
Charles Wallert (multi Grammy nom & platinum prod.) -
“Amanda Holley is not only one of the most gifted artists I have ever worked with, but one of the best vocalists I have ever heard!”
"A beautiful young artist with a fantastic voice that sings great songs!"
Jimmy George (songwriter, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, etc.)
"It's not very often that you can find a beautiful girl, with an outstanding voice, that can sing anything, and make you believe it. An accomplished musician that plays different instruments well, is even more impressive. This girl is already a star, I just hope she keeps singing the songs I write. I'm told she likes the same funny stuff that I do on Utube, so, there it is.........the complete package."
The Gorillaz - "She's brilliant!"
Brian Stanley (multi Grammy win, Recording & Mix Engineer for Usher)
"It's so great to finally work with the amazing talent, Amanda Holley"