Amanda Jean is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter based out of North Vancouver, BC. Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Amanda Jean delivers an authentic country-folk sound to her music while still maintaining a pop sensibility. Known for her songwriting skills & vocal versatility, Amanda Jean showcases her genuine & heartfelt style through deep contemplative lyrics and mellifluous harmonies, blurring the lines between Indie Pop, Country-Folk, Blues and Alternative.
Amanda Jean began her career as a songwriter and recording artist in the small town of St. Walburg, Saskatchewan where she grew up. At a very early age, she found a passion for music and writing.
"I grew up in a musical household where I was the youngest of 9 siblings. All of my brothers and sisters either play an instrument or sing. My dad used to play guitar in a family band with my grandpa, aunts, and uncles. And my mom was the church choir director in my hometown... She's often in charge of organizing music & entertainment for local events, too. My family has always been a major inspiration and support behind my music.
I started making up songs from the moment I could fully speak as a child… My older brother used to tease me about a time when I was about 3 or 4 years old. He said whenever I rode on the quad with him around the farm, I would sing at the top of my lungs, "And everybody's bugging me!" with my hair blowing in the wind. It was very punk rock haha. I also remember spending a lot of time driving in the car with my mom & dad. I would pass the time by writing silly songs & poems in my journal, and singing along to country songs on the radio.
I was put into piano lessons when I was 5-years-old after my mom heard me playing the Sesame Street theme song one morning on our old family piano. Around that time, I started using my brother's Technics KN550 synth keyboard to write songs... I would layer drum sounds, piano melodies, and guitar synths and record myself on cassette tapes.
I had my first experience recording in a professional studio when I was 14-years-old. I remember feeling nervous at first, but then immediately feeling at ease the moment we started recording. I've always felt at home in the studio... I often get the sense like this is where I'm meant to be.
My dad taught me all of the basics on guitar when I was a young teenager. Every day after school, I'd go straight to my bedroom to practice and write songs. When I turned 15, I finally purchased my first guitar and started performing at local festivals.
At 17-years-old, I flew to Hollywood in Los Angeles to compete in the World Championships of Performing Arts as a vocalist. While I was there, I won 1st place for best songwriting & vocal performance in contemporary pop. That's when I met with award-winning producer Marc "Mdoc" Williams from IndaSoul Entertainment (Madonna, Janet Jackson, Kelly Rowland) and recorded my first EP. My single, "Beautiful" was my first song to play on the radio in 2009. After that, I had my first radio interview, began selling CDs, and opened for country artists Gord Bamford and George Canyon.
After graduating high school, I moved to Vancouver and studied Audio Engineering and Music Production in college. That's when I started recording music with award-winning producer/engineer, Mike Rogerson.
Mike and I began recording country songs together, and we also released an alternative rock album under our band name, Door 17. I also collaborate on a lot of Pop, R&B, and EDM projects with various artists and producers all around the world. Working in multiple genres has given me the artistic freedom to really get to know myself as a singer-songwriter, and Mike and I discovered we make the perfect team.
It's been such an honour to work with such highly skilled and talented people in the music industry over the past few years. The entire process has taught me so much and I'm so grateful for the amazing journey I've had so far. I look forward to continue creating & sharing more music with the world!"
~ ♡ AJ
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