I want to introduce you to a fabulous singer from the South West of Scotland who I am lucky enough to call my friend, and also work alongside in radio. Amanda is due to release her first single “Girl’s Night Out” later this month and has kindly agreed to an interview about her new music and what inspired her to get started.
What inspired you to have a career in music?
My family inspired me to have a career in music. My family have always loved music; from my uncle James playing guitar from a young age, my dad blaring Queen albums, to my brother David and twin sister Michelle starting up our own singing group when I was 10 just for fun. I would sing lower harmony, Michelle would sing higher harmony and David would sing lead; we thought we were Steps or Hear’say! Although it was for fun, I gained confidence from our performances and decided to take my hair brush and pretend I was Britney Spears in my bedroom. I’d do all the dance routines singing songs like ‘Stronger’ and ‘Overprotected’. My mum and dad have always encouraged my singing career and kept me grounded. They used to ask my brother and I to sing at Christmas; we’d sing Kylie and Jason’s ‘Especially for You’-the good old days. Famous artists like, Freddie Mercury also inspired me to be confident and creative musically. I loved how fashionable Freddie was and how he was so comfortable on stage, that to me is the most inspiring thing in the world!
Was it a path you always wanted to take?
Yes, singing and performing on stage is something I’ve always wanted to do because I love being creative, making people feel true emotion and opening up to the world. There’s nothing better than honesty and being true to yourself!
Where do you find inspiration when creating music?
My inspiration for creating music comes from the tough and stressful moments in life. I live in North Ayrshire, been struggling for work and it’s hard but I’m not the only one going through it. A lot of people in my area are in the same position as me and feel the same way. But music keeps me motivated and focused so I write about that. Also heartbreak; I’ve had my heart broken and been lied to by one person. Finding out someone isn’t really who you thought they were is the worst! I could write a book! But if you break my heart, I’ll thank you for making me a hit later!
There are a lot of incredible artists out there, who are a few of your musical influences?
Some of my music influences include: Queen, I think the whole band worked amazingly together creating unforgettable material. They’re music will live on forever! I also love independent woman within the industry like Madonna; her attitude, her will to be herself and not caring about the critics is inspiring to me. Her 80’s fashion plays a huge part on my first solo album! I love a mixture of artists. I don’t like to stick to the same thing. Like Ed Sheeran, he’s such an amazing lyricist. He rocks his hair too! Ariana Grande’s vocals are totally on point, she’s gorgeous and she adds glamour to the music industry. Britney Spears inspires me as she disappeared for a couple of years but has come back even stronger showing the world that she isn’t a quitter! All of these are qualities I hope people see in myself. Being brave and taking risks is a must in this industry and I’m all about taking risks!
Name a song that made you stop in your tracks and think; a song that you feel empowered by?
There are loads of songs that have made me feel empowered and inspired but if I had to narrow it down to a few I’d say “The Climb” and “Butterfly Fly Away” by Miley Cyrus. Both songs came out when my papa passed away in 2009, it helped me stay grounded and be the good girl he always thought of me as. Songs like ‘Addicted’ and “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias also made me realise what love is all about. Amy Winehouse is one of my biggest influences, her cover of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” is truly touching.
Where would you like to see your music career take you in future?
I’d love to see my music career inspire people around the UK and America, I like to dream big and go for it!
You’re about to release your single “Girl’s Night Out” can you tell us a little bit about the song?
It’s basically a Country Pop track with a hint of light rock. It’s very cheeky and fun! I wanted the track to sound raw and have little auto tune. I feel like auto tune takes away the emotion in a song. In this track I want people to hear my voice and come on a journey with me. It’s a great track for the clubs and I wanted girls to feel empowered by this song; to never let a relationship keep you trapped. You should always have time for your girls and have a trusting boyfriend. Relationships need to have freedom too, and let you breathe! I think it’s the best song to showcase my quirky, weird self!
What advice would you give to inspiring singers, songwriters and musicians out there who are keen to get started in the music industry?
My advice would be don’t follow the crowd and be true to yourself. Have a strong mind, if you’re feeling unsure take a day out and wake up the next day ready to get back into promoting your work and gigging. Music is a journey! The world is your Oyster!
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