Amanda St John is a soulful singer songwriter from the small rural village of Glenariffe, Co. Antrim (Northern Ireland).
“If Dusty Springfield were alive she’d say ‘that’s my girl’!”
(Grammy winning US producer Jon Tiven)
Amanda St John is a powerhouse singer and songwriter who is heavily inspired by soul, R&B and gospel music. Following in the footsteps of her idols Aretha Franklin and Etta James, Amanda (along with co-writer/guitarist Paul Tierney & co-writer/drummer/producer Michael Mormecha) travelled to the USA in May 2018 and made history by becoming the first independent Irish artist to record in the legendary FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals. Speaking of the experience she says:
“We wanted the live room sound of this era of recordings and it was a dream come true being given the opportunity to record them in the legendary FAME Studios along with 'swampers' bass player David Hood (whose credits include Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys etc) and piano/keys/Hammond player Clayton Ivey (Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Joss Stone, The Supremes etc).”
She has worked with artists like Brian Kennedy, Eddi Reader, Mary Coughlan, Gareth Dunlop, Ciaran Gribbin (of INXS) and Jon Tiven (Grammy winning Nashville writer/producer whose CV has included BB King, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones etc...).
Gaining substantial media interest in Ireland and the UK including extensive airplay on the BBC and RTE Radio 1 as well as reviews in Hotpress Magazine & The Irish Times, Amanda is known for her passionate and powerful live performances and is fast establishing herself as one of Ireland’s leading vocalists. With live sessions with ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and Gaby Roslinon BBC Radio London, various other live performances/interviews across BBC regionals, U105, Downtown/Cool FM, UTV Live Television etc, as well as many festival slots and headline tours of UK, Ireland and USA (which included Folk Alliance Festival in Kansas and a performance for the US President) under her belt, the future is looking very bright indeed for this talented musician who is becoming renowned for her engaging live performances and vibrant stage presence.
Press Quotes -
"What a voice! Powerful!" RTE Radio 1
"Amanda's the real deal….a hugely engaging performer" Daily Mirror
"What a voice! What a vibe!" BBC Radio Ulster
“Feisty and fresh soul infused vocals...a must listen!” Hot Press Magazine
"Sheer class...one of the best white soul/blues voices I've heard in ages" Music News
"On the verge of stardom....(her) outstanding voice stretches across octaves...it's glorious!" Folk & Tumble