Ever since she first set foot on stage at the tender age of 14 it was obvious to anyone in attendance that blues and folk-informed, soul-infused, Belfast-based songstress Amanda St John had a voice that could charm the stars from the sky.
After learning her trade performing in cover bands for a number of years, the chanteuse, who has collaborated with some of Northern Ireland's best and brightest talents (such as Duke Special, Gareth Dunlop, Ben Glover, ex-INXS frontman Ciaran Gribbin and Simon McBride), reinvented herself in 2012 as a singer/songwriter and, a year later, released her debut EP of original material 'Where Is The Man' to much critical acclaim. Born out of a near death experience which prompted her to re-evaluate her life, the collection of torch songs saw St John put her apprenticeship to good use and it captured the hearts of many music lovers.
Buoyed by extensive radio play and a sold-out show at the Black Box in Belfast, the singer, who was born and raised in the rural village of Glenariffe, then released the rockabilly and jazz-tinged 'Big Strong Man' on March 2014 and the infectious number firmly established her as a versatile artist with a keen ear for a hook. Now a much-loved and sought after regular on the festival circuit, Amanda St John has performed at Sunflower Festival, the Maiden City Festival, Hilden Beer Festival, the East Belfast Arts Festival, the Lammas Fair, the Atlantic Sessions Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival and Belfast Music Week.
Other gig highlights for St John have included sharing a stage with US Grammy Nominee Tift Merritt, being invited to sing backing vocals for Duke Special, performing a two night support slot for Brian Kennedy and playing support for Eddi Reader (of Fairground Attraction) and Mary Coughlan. About to release her debut album in May 2016; which she launches at this year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, St John is excited to share her newest songs. The album includes collaborations with David Lyttle (MOBO nominated Jazz musician/Producer) and USA Grammy nominated producer/writer Jon Tiven (Rolling Stones, BB King, Wilson Pickett etc...). With many festival slots and an upcoming tour of UK and Ireland, 2016 is set to be the best year yet for St John!
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