You Blew It - Amanda St John
For our next LCM showcase artist we head to Belfast, the home of singer-songwriter Amanda St John. Amanda released her very good blues, folk-informed and soul-infused debut album 'Grow' last May. The album includes collaborations with David Lyttle (MOBO nominated Jazz musician/Producer) and USA Grammy nominated producer/writer Jon Tiven (Rolling Stones, BB King, Wilson Pickett). Amanda will be shortly on a UK Tour with her London date on 30th May at The Green Note, Camden. Our LCM #TrackOfTheDay is the very catchy, uptempo and bluesy 'You Blew It', the lead single from the new album.
Ever since she first set foot on stage at the tender age of 14 it was obvious to anyone that Amanda had a voice that could charm the stars from the sky. After learning her trade performing in cover bands for a number of years, the chanteuse, who has collaborated with some of Northern Ireland's best and brightest talents (such as Duke Special, Gareth Dunlop, Ben Glover, ex-INXS frontman Ciaran Gribbin and Simon McBride), reinvented herself in 2012 as a singer-songwriter and, a year later, released her debut EP of original material 'Where Is The Man' to much critical acclaim.
Born out of a near death experience which prompted her to re-evaluate her life, the collection of torch songs saw Amanda put her apprenticeship to good use and it captured the hearts of many music lovers. Buoyed by extensive radio play and a sold-out show at the Black Box in Belfast, the singer, who was born and raised in the rural village of Glenariffe, then released the rockabilly and jazz-tinged 'Big Strong Man' on March 2014 and the infectious number firmly established her as a versatile artist with a keen ear for a hook.
Now a much-loved and sought after regular on the festival circuit, Amanda has performed at Sunflower Festival, the Maiden City Festival, Hilden Beer Festival, the East Belfast Arts Festival, the Lammas Fair, the Atlantic Sessions Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival and Belfast Music Week. Other gig highlights for Amanda have included sharing a stage with US Grammy Nominee Tift Merritt, being invited to sing backing vocals for Duke Special, performing a two night support slot for Brian Kennedy and playing support for Eddi Reader (of Fairground Attraction) and Mary Coughlan.
With many festival slots and an upcoming tour of UK and Ireland, 2017 is set to be the best year yet for Amanda
Shop now at Amazon for Amanda's debut album 'Grow'