“Simply put, Amanda Broadway is a Nashville-based singer and a songwriter with an affinity for blues and soul music. Although to stop there would be a travesty. Broadway’s voice is a mighty, dazzling blast of light guiding you through the murky waters of today’s blues music and back in time to the unadulterated glory of the 1960s and ’70s. Her voice harkens back to the likeness of Etta James while reveling in the nuances of today, effortlessly soaring above her well-crafted, deeply groove-focused blues and soul music.” – Ian Haygood, SpokesBUZZ
Amanda performs regularly in and around Nashville with her 10 piece band featuring some of the grooviest musicians on the scene. The show is dynamic and diverse, taking listeners on a journey through many different genres and moods. From blues to rock and soul to funk, there’s a little something for everybody as the band whispers and wails through Amanda’s original music, favorite cover tunes, and blues standards. In July 2015 they headlined the Rendezvous In the Park Festival in Moscow, ID.
You can also see Amanda weekly at Nashville hot-spot Acme Feed & Seed as part of the house band – The Music City Toppers. She is one of three vocalists in the ten-piece ensemble that brings funk, soul and R&B to lower Broadway every Thursday night for Acme’s weekly Funky Tonk.
Currently, Amanda is working on an ongoing series of recordings called The Sanctuary Sessions. Recording all songs at The Sanctuary in Nashville, the focus of this project is to approach each song in the studio individually, and to follow the vision of each song without limitation by genre, instrumentation, personnel, or production style. The first track, “Real Thing”, was recorded live with a ten-piece band, and released along with a music video capturing the session. The song was featured on AmericanSongwriter.com as a Daily Discovery. Since then, “It Never Rains,” “He Takes His Time With Me,” and “Watch Over Me” have been released, with more tracks on the way.
In June 2015, feeling saddened and angered by the state of the world, Amanda was inspired to write ‘Spread Love Around’ – a call to action, and a message that encourages kindness, equality, acceptance, compassion, love and generosity. ‘Spread Love Around’ is available on CD, and for download on iTunes and other digital music retailers. Posters and t-shirts are also available for purchase online, which feature the bold and colorful ‘Spread Love Around’ logo. All profits from the sale of the single and all associated merchandise will be donated to the non-profit organization Fibuspam, Inc. who brings free healthcare and humanitarian support to children and adults of indigenous communities in Ecuador. (Visit fibuspam.org for more information about their mission and impact.) Calling on her friends and community in Nashville, Amanda was joined by 14 musicians who donated their time and talent to record the track, which was released on July 21, 2015. With the footage captured entirely on cell phones, a music video shortly followed, featuring clips of the recording sessions, Fibuspam volunteers at work, and submissions from others spreading love around. Over 100 people participated in the video.
Her first record, the independently released EP Me Without You (2011), reached number 8 on the iTunes Top Blues Albums chart. “Somethin’ Funny Goin’ On,” the final track on the effort, won the Vox Pop (fan’s choice) for Best Blues Song in the 2013 Independent Music Awards. In 2012, Amanda and Mikie Martel, a.k.a The Marways, released Christmas With The Marways to iTunes. Recorded, mixed and mastered at The Sanctuary by Martel, Christmas With The Marways features “The Man With The Bag” and “Please Come Home For Christmas” arranged and performed by The Marways with a little help from their friends.
Amanda is also the founder of The 27 Club Band, which she performs with as Janis Joplin. The 27 Club is a term that refers to the several musicians that died at the young age of 27. Their untimely deaths were often grizzly and mysterious, typically resulting from violence or substance abuse. There are dozens of members, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (Grateful Dead), Kurt Cobain, and Jim Morrison (The Doors). Based out of Nashville, TN, The 27 Club Band features several local artists and musicians that strive to keep their music alive.
Coming up, Amanda can be seen at The Basement in Nashville on Valentine’s Day (2/14/16) for a special show with her friend Alicia Michilli. Dear Etta: An Etta James Tribute will feature Amanda & Alicia performing Etta’s classic tunes, along with special guest vocalists, and backed by an all-star band (including horns, strings, and background singers) featuring some of Nashville’s best musicians. Tickets are available now!