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