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Amanda Thomas: Bio

Sydney singer/songwriter/guitarist, Amanda Thomas, tells her truth by creating a musical landscape, each song a snapshot of a moment in time. Sweet melodic phrases draw the listener in while lyrics are subtly ironic or brutal in their honesty and slap you with their point, making them irresistibly relatable.

Close to finishing her second album Open Road, a follow up to debut Midnight Sun, Amanda crosses musical genres.  Drawing inspiration from pop, rock, folk, jazz, country and blues Amanda’s songs sound fresh with original production and arrangements. Her passion for song writing has led her down many paths of influence, some include; Sheryl Crow, Aimee Mann, James Taylor, Neil Finn, Bernard Fanning and Bonnie Raitt.

Teaming up with long-time collaborator David Longo to co-produce her upcoming album Open Road it shows Amanda’s maturing as a singer, songwriter and musician and her depth of experience.

Latest review on itunes for Midnight Sun “Brilliant CD....great, original songs...can listen to them all day long !!!” Five Stars

  

Midnight Sun Album Info:

Produced by David Longo, basic tracks recorded at Paradise Studios and Engineered by Richard Belkner

Additional recording by David Longo at The Dock Studio

Mixed by Anton Hagop at Oragami Studios except tracks 4 & 11 mixed by David Longo

Mastered by Leon Zervos at Sterling Sound, New York

Executive Producer, Amanda Thomas

Musicians; David Longo - electric and acoustic guitars, bass on tracks 4, 9 & 11, keyboard arrangements and programming. Nic Cecire - drums. Gary Daley - Wurlitzer, Rhodes, organ and piano. Greg Royal - bass.  Backing vocals - Eduardo Santoni, Maureen Longo and Amanda Thomas

 

For those wanting to know a bit more......

I started singing and dancing on stage when I was 9 with the Johnny Young Talent School in shopping centres and theatres - I loved it! My first solo song performed live was "My Guy" - I studied singing, jazz dance and acting

I spent my first 2 years of high school at Davidson High and studied dance, music and drama, I performed in musicals and eisteddfods

I spent my last 4 years of high school at Girraween High, which had no dance or music so when I left school I decided to study something else "creative" - Interior Design - and did that part-time at night for 3 years at Enmore Tafe, while working full-time in the day as a receptionist at an Interior Design & Architectural Company

I decided to get some singing lessons 'for fun' with Amanda Peterson and I performed in a Willoughby Musical Society show.  I did my first grade singing exam at the Conservatorium of Music and decided not to go back to Interior Design - music was my passion

I auditioned and got into the Bondi Youth Wave program which was a 3 month course in contemporary music (TAFE).  It was a great start and it was pretty cool to have Peter Koppes from The Church as our home tutor - I started to learn guitar too with Sharon Jakovsky

From that I entered one of my original songs into the FBI Radio competition "Outta The Bedroom", I won some studio time to record more songs, I had a bit of record company interest at this time, I had no idea what to do about it, but it was exciting and spurred me on

I started organising my own gigs at places like the North Point Tavern, The 3 Weeds, and The Bat & Ball Hotel and got a residency at The Menzies Hotel in Sydney for a year where I played a mix of originals and cover songs.

I joined Jubilation, a jazz and gospel ensemble directed by Joy Yates and David Macrae. I performed with this group for about 7 years alongside some great singers including; Joy Yates, Jade MacRae, Carrie Lakin, Asli Ozdogan, Mark Palmer, Anthea White and so many more.... I had a LOT of fun and performed at some great jazz festivals including Bellengin and Manly.  We also performed at many wonderful venues around town including Carols in the Domain and The Basement. I recorded 2 albums with them and was a soloist.  I met some of my great musical friends via this ensemble, musicians and singers alike

I attended the College of Country Music in Tamworth (TAFE) to further explore songwriting and had a great time with the students and amazing tutors including Beccy Cole, Tamara Stewart, Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett and Rod McCormack, we had a huge concert at the end of the 2 week course which kicked off the Tamworth Country Music Festival

I continued to perform at private functions and weddings under the band name 11th Hour as well as some session singing and original gigs

I managed to fit marriage and a couple of kids into this whole mix and started recording my debut album whilst very pregnant with my second child.  I did take some time off before finishing it all and getting back out there to perform live

I launched my debut album 'Midnight Sun' with a brilliant band in Nov 2009 at The Bridge Hotel in Rozelle and have been performing mostly in duo form with David Longo and solo

I teach singing privately and provide song writing workshops on request, which is something I have always wanted to do, I really enjoy helping budding artists achieve their goals

I am almost finished my second album and cannot wait to launch it to the world x