In May 2018 Amanda became the 1st independent Irish artist in history to record in FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Following in the footsteps of her musical heroes Aretha Franklin & Etta James she took a huge leap of faith (and financial risk) to record her 2nd studio album in this legendary studio.
Talking about the experience, Amanda reports ‘It is was a dream come true for me and my band members (Paul Tierney and Producer Michael Mormecha) to get the opportunity to record in FAME along with ‘swampers’ bass player David Hood (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).
This song is an ode to that era of music that they are so famous for and it is about how a piece of music can trigger memories and bring you back to a place and time which makes you feel younger again”.
Amanda will celebrate the launch of her new album with a small UK and Irish tour with her band.
UPCOMING ‘ALBUM LAUNCH’ SHOWS (with full band)
Friday 20th September Crescent Arts, Belfast
Sunday 22nd September Whelans Dublin
Wednesday 25th September Green Note London
Friday 4th October Market Place Armagh
Saturday12th October Playhouse Theatre Derry (solo set with the Inishowen Gospel Choir)
Thursday 17th October Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh
Tickets from https://www.amandastjohnmusic.co.uk/shows