The Singer, The Artist, The Story
Music is in Amanda's blood. It has been said that she sang even before she could speak. Her voice could sometimes be heard from the rooftops of Newark, NJ where she would dwell for some months of her infancy with her musical mother & her guitar strumming father. From the age of two, Amanda has been a violinist and self taught pianist and an actress since age 7 performing in leading roles over a dozen times Off B’Way as a child and teenager and in indie films and is a member of the AEA. From age 8, Amanda was mentored and trained by Tony & Emmy winning actors and began training her voice with Juilliard Prep Professors at age 10 which would prepare her for her development as a music artist collaborating with and being developed by Oscar and Grammy winning producers and composers. The multi-ethnic, bi racial (African American, Italian, Cherokee, Egyptian) Amanda Holley practically lived in the orchestra pit while her mother (Manhattan School of Music) would play some of the greatest musicals and symphonies ever written on her cello. Amanda’s father, Gregory Clarke Holley, wrote songs for Sarah Vaughan, and her aunt Pat Holley (JUILLIARD), is a songwriter & arranger who discovered, trained, and wrote for Stephanie Mills. Amanda’s lyrical talents stem from her outstanding poetic voice which earned her multiple awards, scholarships, and publications with Columbia Press at the ages of 16-18. As a 15 year old, Amanda began training major recording artists for Motown and Sony A&Rs and by age 16, Miss Holley began training Multi - Grammy winner Lauryn Hill for two consecutive years multiple days each week and helped her rehabilitate her voice.
Amanda engrossed herself in music day in and day out, surviving on Whitney, Mariah, Aretha, Ella, and Billie's healing and inspiring vocals to get through troubled times. She first began performing at local events for hundreds of people at the age of 7, astonishing audiences with her soul and the maturity of her voice and connection to the lyric. As a teenager, Amanda even performed with the world renowned Les Paul at the jazz hotspot, Iridium.
Amanda's first release, debut single "FEENIN" on Tommy Boy Warner Bros. produced by XXL FRESHMAN CLASS PRODUCER OHKAYLAWS, has gained Amanda recognition both in the USA and worldwide with features on iHeart, MTV.com, & radio nationwide on over 30 P1 stations and charted in the #1 position on multiple internet stations and DJ charts with over 10 million listeners worldwide.
Miss Holley's most recent releases are 3 songs and the title track on the “Sharon 123” major motion picture soundtrack, written and directed by Mark Brown - “The Barber Shop” Franchise.
The young songstress has spent the spent the first 18 months since her release performing at over 80 events, appearing in magazines, and at major events and stages from CARNEGIE HALL, NY FASHION WEEK, LA FASHION WEEK, STYLE FASHION WEEK, COACHELLA (COMBSCHELLA OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY), WBLS HARLEM WEEK, MACY’S HARLEM WEEK, The W Times Sq, The W Hollywood, Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Concerts sponsored by Hot 97 & 107.5, to the legendary Highline Ballroom, Funk Master Flex's FRANCHISE RECORD POOL TV, Toad’s Place, The Philly Hip Hop Awards, The W Times Square, & over 80 performances in an 24 month time span. She most recently opened the Style NYFW season in NY featuring WALE.
Amanda is starring in a new reality show directed by E! Hollywood’s Acting Coach To the Stars titled “Acting With Hollywood Stars” executive produced by Larry Namer, founder of E! Television - currently in development.
Her first release from her upcoming E.P., "Runaway" is a collaboration with producer/songwriters Davis Chris & Shane Foster (Iggy Azalea prod. & writing, Yo Gotti - writing, production, and feature) who are currently Top 10 on the Itunes R&B & hip hop charts along with up coming songwriter Cecily Wagner (currently #2 on Mexican Pop Chart).
PROJECT INFO & TESTIMONIALS
As a SINGER and songwriter, her recent collaborations for her project include Andre Merrit (Rihanna, Chris Brown), Davis Chris & Shane Foster (Yo Gotti, Iggy Azalea, Top 10 R&B album iTunes chart), Cecily Wagner, JPrizm (Traffik the movie), Dre Knight (Frank Ocean), Ism (French Montana, Bruno Mars), Dimitri Ehrlich (multi platinum), Steven Ray (Quincie Jones), Kizzo (David Foster, Neyo), Jerry Goldstein (WAR, Jimi Hendrix, Sly & The Family Stone), Robert L. Smith (Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse), Adi Yeshaya (Prince, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin), Myron McKinley (Earth Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston), Terence Dudley (50 Cent, Al B Sure), Andre Fennell GoldenChyl (multiple-Grammy nominee), Shaggy (multi-platinum artist), J Prizm, Andy Marvel (Oscar winner & multi-platinum for Celine Dion, Brian McKnight, etc), Nikki Gregoroff (Lady Gaga, Brittani Spears), Rob Fusari (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, etc.), Shontelle Layne (multi platinum), Dennis "Doc" Williams (O'Jays, Backstreet Boys), Kenny Fambro "K-Fam" (Beyoncé, Destiny's Child), Korey Laws (OhKayLaws) XXL FRESHMAN CLASS, Shontelle Layne (multi platinum artist), Jimmy George (Taylor Dayne, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, etc.), Phil Ramone (Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Quincey Jones, Frank Sinatra etc.), Joseph Joubert (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan), and the singer's producer Charles Wallert. They even dubbed her “America’s Soulful Sweetheart”.
The multi-ethnic young singer is managed by Ralph Cooper (The Apollo, Ice-T, Universal MCA (Notorious Records) who follows her first manager the late 84X Grammy Winner Phil Ramone and business mngr the legendary Bert Padell (Madonna, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Brittany Spears). On her management team are Sandra Trim-DaCosta (Sony) & Anre DaCosta (The Bullion Foundation). She is also an accomplished actor (member of the Actors' Equity Association).
Amanda states, "Music is who I am. I never woke up and decided to be a singer - I always have been and always will be. I eat, sleep, and BREATHE music. I cannot wait to share my story of tragedy, over-coming, strength, hope, and LOVE with the world through my music!".
Barry Fiedel (founder, HitMakers Magazine) -
“A shining new star has burst onto the music scene in recent days and is sure to have many hit singles riding the national charts in the near future. 'A must' if you can see her perform live”.
"A beautiful young artist with a fantastic voice that sings great songs!"
Jimmy George (songwriter, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, etc.)
"It's not very often that you can find a beautiful girl, with an outstanding voice, that can sing anything, and make you believe it. An accomplished musician that plays different instruments well, is even more impressive. This girl is already a star, I just hope she keeps singing the songs I write. I'm told she likes the same funny stuff that I do on Utube, so, there it is.........the complete package."
The Gorillaz - "She's brilliant!"
Brian Stanley (multi Grammy win, Recording & Mix Engineer for Usher)
"It's so great to finally work with the amazing talent, Amanda Holley