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Amanda King

Amanda King is a classic chanteuse who performs little known gems from the 1930’s and 40’s as well as standards from the Great American Songbook. Possessing a smoothness of voice and surety of style, she has been hailed in the San Francisco Sentinel as “the right voice for the very best in American songwriting”. Passionate about finding and preserving her treasury of vintage songs, Amanda masterfully interprets the music she adores.

Professionally trained and experienced as an actor and one of the youngest Apprentices at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Amanda’s career as a singer began a few years after moving to San Francisco. She entered the Bay Area Cabaret Competition in 2003 on a lark and eventually became a finalist. Later she began making appearances in showcases throughout the Bay Area and developing a devoted following. That group grew substantially with her acclaimed one-woman show “It’s About Damn Time!” which ran in the fall of 2007 at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. The success of that show brought more opportunity, and the appreciation from audiences and musicians alike emboldened her to mount a show entitled “Chanteuse”, at San Francisco’s famed Empire Plush Room in January 2008. It was met with great acclaim and solidified her reputation as a solo performer of note. That show became the basis for her first CD “Chanteuse”.

In the last two years Amanda has appeared at clubs in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area including the well-known jazz club, Jazz at Pearl’s. Combining her theatrical and musical gifts she garnered critical acclaim as “Queenie” in Duke Ellington’s rarely performed jazz opera, “Queenie Pie”, produced by the Oakland Opera Theater. She also made her debut at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, the legendary music vehicle for San Francisco’s jazz scene, where she became an instant hit. In December of 2008 Amanda performed with the prestigious San Francisco Chamber Orchestra singing Gershwin songs arranged for the orchestra by Bay Area jazz icon Jeff Neighbor, Amanda’s regular bassist.

In 2009 amongst other venues she appeared twice at The Rrazz Room in San Francisco, as well as returned to her hometown of Indianapolis IN to perform in the critically acclaimed Indy Jazz Fest. 2010 found Amanda returning to Indian Wells CA for repeat performances at Vicky’s of Santa Fe. And in August she received wonderful notices for her show “What’s A Poor Girl Gonna Do?” at The Rrazz Room. Her new show “Forgotten Women, Lost Songs” will debut at The Metropolitan Room in October 2010, the night after she performs at the New York Cabaret Convention presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation at Jazz of Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

Amanda’s CD “Chanteuse” celebrates the music she loves. Working with her regular trio of well known jazz artists, Shota Osabe, Jeff Neighbor, and Surya Nur Patri, Amanda’s labor of love and life was recorded at the famous Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.