Beginning in Boston Rock and Pop clubs as a teenager, International recording and performing artist and 2 time Boston Music Awards Nominee, Amanda Carr, has received world-wide critical acclaim of her fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook. The Wall Street Journal, hailed her, “…a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes”.
While Amanda performs jazz concerts with artists like Michael Feinstein she continues to tap into her roots of pop, blues, folk & rock. Amanda is frequent guest vocalist with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Harry James Band and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and with many other artists and bands. From 2012-2016, Amanda was the official CBS Radio Color Commentator for Boston’s prestigious annual “Boston Pops July 4th Fireworks Spectacular” concert on the Esplanade. A Headliner artist at global jazz festivals from Italy to Australia, Amanda also starred in the touring show of “A Tribute to Peggy Lee” selling out nationwide. Among composing music for her own recordings and for TV, Film productions, she wrote the “The Boston Anthem” in 2014, sung by Boston Rock Great, Charlie Farren. Her Big Band album “Common Thread”, debuted on the top of multiple Jazz Best Seller Charts and Billboard. Amanda founded ‘American Big Band Preservation Society’ in 2009, a non-profit (501c3) that preserves the essence of American musical heritage. She was represented the USA as a musical ambassador to Shanghai, China in 2014.
“No matter in what genre Amanda is performing, she brings an excitement and energy to the stage and a vibrant connection to her audience. She is an entertainer in the first degree…”
The Boston Herald
Currently, she is Artist Liaison for ‘Boston Women in Media and Entertainment’ authoring a popular online interview series. With 5 jazz vocal recordings, Amanda continues to perform as a solo artist while remaining a popular guest artist and guest host like on the popular long-running “Community Auditions” talent show.
She is also the current Executive Director of WICN Public Radio, an NPR affiliate located in Worcester, MA