Amanda Marshall

  • Amanda Marshall


  • 2003 Juno Award Nominee - Pop Album of the Year for "Everybody`s Got a Story"
  • 2002 Juno Award Nominee for Artist of the Year
  • Certified Platinum Album - Everybody`s Got a Story (2001)
  • 2000 Juno Award Nominee for Best Female Artist
  • 2000 Juno Award Nominee - Album of the Year for Tuesday`s Child
  • Certified Triple Platinum Album - Tuesday`s Child (1999)
  • 1997 Juno Award Nominee for Best Female Artist
  • 1997 Juno Award Nominee - Album of the Year for Amanda Marshall
  • 1996 Juno Award Nominee for Breakthrough Artist of the Year
  • Certified Diamond Album - Amanda Marshall (1995)


My musical upbringing...
"Music was always a really big part of my upbringing, it was a part of my life and I was very fortunate. I grew up in a household where I was really afforded the opportunities to find out what I liked and what my strengths were. My parents really encouraged me. They cultivated my interests in the arts, in sports, and they made sure I had every chance to find out what it was that I was good at, what I liked... Music was always the thing that I came back to."

Singing myself to sleep...
"One of my earliest memories is being recorded by my parents when I was two or three. I'm sure the tapes are still around somewhere. They used to do that a lot, 'cause I used to sing in the bath a lot, I'd sing myself to sleep… They really made a point of letting me hear myself on tape when I was a kid. I remember that being a really big deal. I think my first memory of being on stage was when I was five or six and in a school production kind of thing, but it was always a very positive aspect of my life as a kid. I always got a lot of positive reinforcement. I think when you're a kid, you do things to merit the approval of the adults around you... When you get a lot of really positive reinforcement from the adults around you that makes you want to keep doing whatever it is that you are doing. Singing for me was always like that, I always got a lot of really positive feedback from the grownups around me and that made me want to do whatever I could to get back up on stage."

For the love of music…
"Singing for me was always going to be a part of my life. Nobody can chart the future and you never really know exactly what you're life's going to be and how it's going to turn out. You can make plans, but even the best laid plans tend to fall apart. For me, I never knew what the path was going to be for me, but I always knew that music would be a big part of it. And I always knew that it was something that I really, really wanted. It was something I wanted to be a part of. I loved being around it and I loved being on stage. It was very natural for me and I would do everything in my power to seek it out... I made myself as available as possible to any production that was coming through my high school... I was always a part of extra-curricular activities at school, part of the school choir that kind of stuff... I think it's very important when you're a kid because it kind of gives you your bearings... it gives you a solid foundation. I was lucky because I was able to take a certain amount of formal training when I was a kid. I had a pretty extensive background as a classical sort of musician, and got to learn how to read music and how to write music. That's not necessarily the most important aspect of what I do know, but it was definitely part of building a solid foundation. Music is a language like any other language and the earlier you learn to speak it, the more fluent you are going to be as you grow up."

Making my second record...
"This record was really a pleasure in many different senses. It's not a huge musical left turn from the first record, it's sort of a logical extension of where we started. I was very happy with the direction we were going in. I think it's a slightly less anonymous record than the first record. I made the contribution that I felt was appropriate on the first record but I didn't really think of myself particularly as a songwriter. I was more an interpreter. I chose songs that were reflective of me but I have fairly decent taste and I chose a good collection of songs. This record, I had just come off the road after two years of touring the first record, so I was really on my game as an entertainer and as a vocalist. You can only get better the more you do it, so for me, this record was really precipitated by a huge explosion of creativity. The record itself took about three to four months to write the bulk of it, by then I had a vast array of different experiences to choose from and talk about. Bits of myself that I could inject into the record. I had a much better sense of what I wanted it to sound like. I was a lot more involved in the production of the album than I anticipated. In the writing and the playing of the record, and the shaping of the album than I expected to be. It was something that came very naturally, it was something that I fell backwards into and I was so happy to really get a chance to record in a relaxed creative atmosphere."