IRISH TIMES: ALBUM REVIEW
Northern Irish singer and songwriter Amanda St John is one of those hardy stalwarts who plough their own furrows irrespective of reward. Her debut album 'Grow' was unwillingly conceived out of a near death experience in 2011 (a car accident, fighting for her life 300ft down a mountain) and a fractious marriage separation. Time, reckoned St John during recovery from both experiences, is precious, so she promptly set about channelling her love of soul, gospel and blues into songwriting. The results shape 'Grow'; assisted by Mobo nominated jazz musician David Lyttle, and Nashville writer/producer Jon Tiven, the songs echo jazz/soul/gospel greats such as Etta James, Odetta and Billie Holiday, while telling personal stories of heartache, salvation and small but crucial victories.
CHORDBLOSSOM MUSIC BLOG
Read a full interview with Amanda on Chordblossom Music Blog.
ALBUM LAUNCH:GIG REVIEW
"Effervescent - one word to describe Amanda St John's stage presence.
Her obvious joy and enthusiasm to be on stage at the Black Box for her long-time-coming album launch bubbles over. It spills onto the audience and assorted musicians that buffer a queen bee, for she certainly has that quality.
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