Dressed in the teenage uniform of skinny jeans, t-shirts, and black Converse, Amanda Lamb may seem ordinary, but looks can be deceiving.
The Southern California native’s energetic smile exudes the playfulness of youth, but when you dig a little deeper, you find an old soul. On her debut album Highwire, released on November 5, 2010, 16 year-old Amanda manages to walk the line between shimmering pop and heartfelt introspection with a sophistication beyond her years.
“Every song on my album was chosen as an expression of a part of my life – happy, sad, hopeful, disappointing, fun, difficult, and everything in between,” explains Amanda. “I chose the title Highwire as a nod to the track ‘The Life of An Aerialist.’ I feel it’s the most autobiographical song on the album, because it embodies fragility as well as strength.”
Singing in choirs since age 5 and playing the piano from the age of 6, Amanda began to find her own voice around the age of 12. She began formal vocal training, becoming her school choir’s most enthusiastic soloist, and by age 14, she had written her first song. Shortly after, she took on more intense training with renowned vocal coach Lis Lewis (P!nk, Rihanna), seeking to perfect not only her technical skill but her ability to express real feelings in her music.
A fan of artists like Adam Lambert and Owl City, Amanda loves catchy melodies, real drums, and over-the-top synth lines. At the core, though, the foundation for every song is the lyrics, and she embraces pop while infusing her songs with genuine emotion (“Infinity”) and unexpected metaphors “The Life of An Aerialist”
At times poignant, at times tongue-in-cheek, Amanda Lamb captures the honest questions, clever insights and wistful dreams of a young woman coming into her own.
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