I first saw singer, songwriter and musician Amanda Hale on stage a couple years ago at the W Hotel Midtown for an intimate set of her performing some lively pop music. Since then she has released a couple of new singles “Undead” and “Home” that are traditional country. When I asked her about the shift to a more country style of music she replied:
So believe it or not, I’ve never called myself a country fan [laughter]. I do not enjoy pop country at all, but give me some of that darker/gritty old country and I am a happy girl. It speaks to my heart and to my spirit unlike anything else, and I have embraced it in the process of growing and figuring out myself and my artistry. It took me by surprise, and I’m so thankful that I was in a place to quiet myself enough to listen to what was going on in my head and be faithful to that creativity.
The shift to country seems like a natural fit as I heard her perform “Undead”, “Home” and a cover of “These Boots Are Made For Walking.” Also seeing her perform on the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta before a packed house of music fans showed that she has what it takes to engage with a crowd and keep them entertained. I imagine that this development is at least in part due to her partnering with the team at BSE.
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Q&A with Amanda Hale
What impact would you like for your music to have on your fans and the community?
I want people to feel uplifted. And that can mean different things to different people. So whether that’s having a fun time dancing around to songs like “Tin Roof” or seeing that there is a way out of the lows of life with songs like “Home,” I just want people to be able to relate and feel a sense of hope for the days ahead.
What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?
So long ago! I think that it was most likely Rebecca St. James. She was a contemporary Christian singer who is now married to one of the members of Foster the People. I really looked up to her as a kid. I had my first “band” when I was seven years old, and my church let us cover one of her songs. I’m sure it was absolutely terrible on their ears, but it made an impact on me.
What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?
Jack White’s Boarding House Reach.
What was your first live music experience?
NSYNC at the Fox Theater. I was eleven or so, and it was the absolute best. I’d like for them to do a reunion tour ASAP! I’ll just put that out into the universe.
If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?
Johnny Cash’s American V: A Hundred Highways
What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?
Not to sound redundant, but Johnny Cash for sure. I think his music transcends a lot of lines – so even non-country fans love him and respect him for the art he created.
What’s next for you and your music?
Performing and writing are the main focuses right now. Getting out in the community and having fun with new and old fans at shows, while also perfecting this sound with my BSE family and getting in the studio. I am super excited for 2018 – it’s already been so rewarding and humbling.
Amanda Hale “Tin Roof”
Amanda Hale “Where I Roam”