Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Amanda Grace!
Amanda does not claim a particular genre of music, and in doing so enjoys variety in her music and audiences. She has produced music drifting between folk and rock. With roots as a pianist her writing is thematically varied with an emphasis on melody and ballads wrapped in warm vocals. She’s released 7 albums.
After attending Winona State University she began a more intentional look at returning to music after her nephew was diagnosed with leukemia. In 2010 she released a children’s album called, “Trains, Cars + A Trip To Mars.” Soon after his father also passed away. Amanda wrote some songs from the experience and released, “Embrace” in 2012.
After a successful kickstarter project, she released her first EP called, “Keeping Hearts” in June 2014. That month she appeared at Ed’s No Name bar in Winona with her group Wildflower as the release event.
“Better Life” EP was released in December of 2017 with full length alternative “Rayne Angel” released in November of 2018. Rayne Angel is a flavorful and diverse full length alternative based album, and a truly Minnesota made album; all of the album captured in her own home. Recorded & produced by Fletch Archerd & Amanda Grace.
Her seventh album, “Please Dear Sun” was released in July of 2021 and is her most distinctively dissimilar album yet. The album focuses on humanity’s struggle with real and imagined, physical and mental confinement, as a result of the pandemic in 2020. The album was recorded in her home with Fletch Archerd (bassist/bandmate) and tracks mastered by Mike Milchener.
She has performed The Mid West Music Festival at its inception. In 2015 and in 2018, she performed on the first day of the Wisconsin music and art festival, Ashley for the Arts. Wildflower joined the Boats & Bluegrass Festival in 2017 and her self named rock band played for Big Turn Festival. In 2019, her band performed at Big River Theater, Red Wing Arts Festival, and She Rocks Festival. With the great changes in her work environment with Covid-19, she is working to move her music services online and recently joined forces with Land Of 10,000 Streams Festival. Each Tuesday at 2:00PM through her Facebook page, she hosts weekly nonprofit highlight shows, and family-friendly shows from her home.