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Amanda Carr Amanda Carr

Guest Artist, Vocalist

Hitting the national Billboard Charts with her big band release Common Thread in late 2009, Vocalist Amanda Carr is enjoying stellar reviews and global press.

Legendary journalist Nat Hentoff penned yet another page of accolades in the Wall Street Journal touting Amanda’s musical talent and accomplishments as well as garnering rousing support for her not-for-profit venture, "American Big Band Preservation Society". The Society is an organization that looks to preserve not only big band music, but also carries on her parents’ musical legacy.

Amanda’s personal journey began at an early age when she attended the South Shore Conservatory of Music in Hingham, MA and, as a young teenager, began performing pop music as a singer/pianist in local clubs in the Boston area. As she attempted to stay on the classical music path at the University of Lowell, her public performances were steeped in rock and pop and she eventually changed from music education to focus on marketing and other more traditional career opportunities while maintaining her music as an avocation. In the late 1980s she left for New York and then Los Angeles to support her Grammy-nominated fiancé’s career. When he was killed in a plane crash (Reba McIntyre’s band) in 1991, she returned to Boston where she would fill in for some of her mother’s big band performances. Soon Amanda realized that the jazz and big band genre offered far more appeal than when she was younger, and she quickly gravitated to performing and recording fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook. She met and married her Emmy award-winning husband in the mid 1990s and has since, with him, created and recorded many commercials, video projects and documentaries, one for which she was nominated an Emmy in 1998.

Amanda’s multi-faceted musical persona finds her in a variety of different performance situations: rock bands, small intimate jazz clubs and large scale venues with backing orchestras. Her accessibility and enthusiasm has her easily fitting in with the Concord Band both musically and as an honorary member. Amanda will admit that this is a family environment and with all she has going on, performing with the Concord Band feels like coming home.

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