Beginning as a teenager in Boston rock and pop clubs, international recording and performing artist and two-time Boston Music Awards Nominee, Amanda Carr, has received worldwide critical acclaim for 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 and rock. Amanda is a frequent guest vocalist with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Harry James Band and the Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as with many other artists and bands, including rock acts like the Hirsh Gardner Project and the Michael Chiklis Band (MCB). 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 headlining artist at global jazz festivals from Italy to Australia, Amanda also starred in the touring production of A Tribute to Peggy Lee, selling out nationwide. Amid composing music for her own recordings and for TV and film productions, she wrote the The Boston Anthem in 2014, sung by Boston rock luminary, Charlie Farren. Her big-band album, Common Thread, debuted at the top of multiple Jazz Best Sellers Charts and Billboard. Amanda founded the American Big Band Preservation Society in 2009, a non-profit 501(c)(3) that works to preserve the essence of American musical heritage. She represented the USA as a musical ambassador to Shanghai, China in 2014.
Currently, Amanda is Artist Liaison for Boston Women in Media and Entertainment, authoring a popular online interview series. With five jazz vocal albums on CD, Amanda continues to perform as a solo artist while remaining a popular guest artist and guest host such as on the popular, long-running Community Auditions talent show. She also continues to be a popular choice as DJ and MC for private events throughout New England.
Amanda is the current Executive Director of WICN Public Radio, an NPR affiliate located in Worcester, MA.
Amanda is a music teacher offering specialized private instruction: Vocal Lessons, Pop Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Beginning Piano, and Songwriting.