By Alan Ho
Who: Amanda Markley
Where: Seattle, WA
Sounds like: Dia Frampton, Rachel Platten, William Beckett, Kelly Clarkson
Sometimes you turn a tragedy into inspiration…into a music career. This is exactly what the Emerald City native has done thus far as a devastating spinal injury ended her horseback riding career. The raw emotional roller coaster afterwards eventually became a journal for her thoughts, which has now segued into a full fledged singer-songwriter career and a new passion for Amanda!
Where has it taken her? She caught the attention of Scott Krippayne, a songwriter responsible for a slew of no. 1 hit songs for stars like Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks and fellow Washington state native Blake Lewis. It has also taken her to a slot in 2013 on Warped Tour’s underrated Acoustic Basement Stage at their stop in Seattle and also various coffeehouses around the city. She is also a regular with a full backing band at places like the Hard Rock Cafe, El Corazon, Chop Suey!
Last year, Markley took her act outside the Emerald City for a tour up and down the West Coast, allowing fans all over the region to feel the power, soulfulness and raw emotion that she brings to the table. Now, she is set to release a new EP, a followup to her debut album Breathe this fall!
Music Video: Jealousy