Wow! A lot has happened in the past month. Let me get you up to speed. A few weeks ago my bassist (Mike Basmagy) and I were given the opportunity opened for Lindsey Stirling at The Wellmont Theatre. It was a sold out crowd of 2,200 people and it was completely and totally amazing! Her fans are so incredibly nice and super cool.
A week later my band and I took a trip down to Philly to compete in The Philadelphia Songwriters Finals Competition. There were 11 acts and only 4 winning slots. To make a long story short…WE WON! The day was full with extremely talented performers…it was seriously fierce competition so I couldn’t believe it. Myself and the other 3 winners (The Vulcans, Angela Sheik, Jeff Thomas & The All Volunteer Army) get to perform at various festivals and shows throughout the summer and fall. Check out my tour page to check out where I’ll be.
I have some other things up my sleeves…so make sure to sign my mailing list (because there is going to be a free acoustic download included in the next newsletter I send out). Plus you receive an automatic download just for signing up.
Hooooooray!!!! I’m so excited to shout from the rooftops that I’m going to be opening up for violinist Lindsey Stirling this Thursday, May 9th at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Lindsey has proved that independent artists really can make it big. Check out the video of her lastest single below. It has over 58 million views! Insane. This show is sold out…so sadly if you are seeing this just now and don’t have a ticket already you won’t be able to attend. I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it.
I’m really really really excited! I’ve been selected to compete in the finals of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Showcase. The finals are being held at The Blockley in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, May 19th at 4pm. There are 11 finalists and there are only 4 winning slots. The 4 winners get a summer tour playing amazing shows and festivals. In order to win I need to have my fans and friends attend the show and vote for me (and my band). I was in this competition years ago and totally lost because I didn’t have a sea of people checking my name off on the ballot. My talent has gotten me to this far and only the audience can help me win. Feel free to say you are coming via the Facebook invite I made: facebook.com/events/448668701884884/ If you can’t attend you can always give a shout out to your Philly friends and tell them that I will hug them for a long period of time if they come. Haha!
4 years ago a friend of mine told me that I should enter the Independent Music Awards. At that point I had a smidge of luck in song contests…so I gave it a go. Well, fast forward to current day…I’ve been nominated 4 years in a row. The past two years I’ve actually won! These judges don’t know who I am. They don’t care if I can sell hundreds of tickets for a show. They are just listening to each song and thinking “Yea….I dig this song.” Most contests you have to beg people to vote for you. I’ve had to do that countless times, but the IMAs makes me feel like a legitimate songwriter. This year my song “Light Those Candles Bright” is nominated in the Best Holiday Song Category. Thanks to my friend Matt Brown cowrote it with me. After receiving this news I realized that all 3 songs on my holiday EP have been nominated in the Best Holiday Song Category. I’m so lucky to have people in my life that steer my music in the right direction. And now I gotta record more songs so I can enter next year! Haha!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted something and I figured I would say hello. The past few months I’ve been busy with recording projects of a some of my fellow musicians. I’ve been so busy with random things that I’ve had time to talk about my plans, but not a ton of time to implement those plans. Soooo…I’ve decided that April is “Amanda Duncan” month. I’m going to be working on projects that have been on my to-do list. I have yet to post my list of goals for the year. I have them sitting in front of me…I just have to make them look pretty so I can show them off.
Well, it’s been real. The next time I post something it’s going to be something remotely cool. Hahaha!
Hello friend!!! Thank you for visiting my site. Here is a little mission statement I came up with for myself. "The purpose of my life is to continuously entertain the masses with my feel-good music and inspire audiences to smile and feel happier for having been a part of the experience." I hope I'm doing a good job for y'all. That's right, I said y'all.