“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. Given the genre’s pervasive influence on American music and culture, solely stating she is “a blues/soul artist” does not do her justice. 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 moved to Nashville after graduating from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY where she studied Music Industry and Voice. In late 2011, she independently released her first EP, Me Without You, which 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.
” … graceful, soulful, powerful, and range defying are just several descriptions that come to mind concerning Amanda’s vocal technique.” – Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro, Mary4Music.com.
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.
Currently, Amanda is working on a new 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 to iTunes in March 2013 along with a music video capturing the session. The song was featured on AmericanSongwriter.com as a Daily Discovery. In 2014, Amanda released a limited number of copies of “Real Thing” on CD, which includes the second song from The Sanctuary Sessions project, “It Never Rains.” This track was also recorded live and accompanied by a music video capturing the session. Several more tracks are set to be released in 2015.
You can also hear her perform weekly at new Nashville hot-spot Acme Feed & Seed as part of the house band – The Music City Toppers. Amanda is one of three vocalists in the ten-piece band that brings funk, soul and R&B to lower Broadway every Thursday night for Acme’s weekly Funky Tonk.
Amanda has been a guest of the Mando Blues Radio Show in Nashville TN, and has had airplay on other blues programs and radio stations across the U.S. and in Europe. She has performed at local events such as Musician’s Corner, and in venues in Nashville and Memphis, TN. In October 2014, she was chosen to participate in the BandSwap program hosted by Colorado music non-profit SpokesBUZZ with showcases in Nashville and Colorado.