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Genres You Will Love
Moods: Solo Female Artist Blues: Blues-Rock Pop: Delicate Avant Garde: Classical Avant-Garde Blues: Soul-Blues

By Location
United States - New York United States - United States United States - Vermont

Links
Amanda's Website Do It Together Records Expect Candy Records (Europe) Facebook Page Make My Day Records (Europe) Myspace page D.I.T. Myspace Page The Pleasants Youtube page

Amanda Rogers

Her first recording endeavor was “Here and Nowhere” in 1999.  A string of pop songs tinged with a touch of garage rock, showcasing songs of teen angst, love, life, and the many confusing emotions of a teenager. Her second recording was a guerilla-style secret recording worked on one day of the week for of couple months along with her friend Grant Capes. A much darker recording than before, Amanda was now honing her skills at incorporating her classical background into her song writing. Many shows later… Amanda was introduced to friends at Immigrant Sun Records out of Brooklyn, NY. She showed them “The Grant Sessions EP“, and soon she was off to record her first  Indie-label recording. She flew to California to record with her friend Grant Capes again. The 2003 release, “The Places You Dwell“, was the outcome of this organic, analog, lo-fi, ambient experience, ” I wanted it to be haunting. I wanted the listener to feel like it was for their ears alone. I call it bedroom ambience.” With this record, Amanda soon started touring more rampantly. With her aleotoric music,  she even caught the attention of major labels.

She went on to record “Daily News” in 2004. This record gained her a lot of deserved attention from t.v., radio, and press. Her songs were maturing and her sound was becoming hers alone with her strong lyrics,arrangements,melodies and harmonies. You can even hear her hinting at her new found love of the Tin Pan Alley sound with it’s jazz and blues influence. Amanda was then touring the U.S., Canada, and Europe supporting many emo, hardcore, pop-rock, and punk bands all of which are name-dropper worthy. In Germany she met her friends at 2nd Records who later released “Daily News” in Europe which helped to further burgeon her fanbase. This overwhelming small taste of success was a bit much for a young solo artist who was also wearing the hat of manager, booking agent, and accountant. So when she did a tour with her long time touring friends “Jupiter Sunrise”  on a 3 month long stint across the U.S., and then was asked to join their band, of course she said yes.  A change was just what she thought she was looking for.  For over 2 years she lived and toured with them in a vegetable oil-powered R.V., during which time they did all of Vans Warped Tour 2005 as well as nearly 500 shows. Also in 2005, Amanda again recorded with her friend Grant Capes and released “Something Borrowed, Something Blue” which was a 5 song e.p.  of 3 originals and 2 covers showcasing Rogers’ indie roots and love of art-rock. This record also fulfilled Amanda’s deal with Immigrant Sun Records.

In 2006, the band called it quits. With no home and no money, Amanda had to re-evaluate what she was doing with her life. Music was the obvious and best choice and some universal power made it a possibility to start anew. She went to Los Angeles, California in April of 2007 to record another full-length record with producer Warren Huart (the Fray, Anna Nalick, Augustana) and Dan Rothchild (Tonic, Fiona Apple) and a more than stellar backing band including David Levita (Alanis Morrisette) on guitars, Dan Rothchild on bass, and Travis Mcnabb (Better than Ezra) on drums. This record would be her most upbeat and positive record to date. “Heartwood“, Amanda’s long-awaited 6th record was released on August 8th, 2008 with friends at Expect Candy Records in Germany, and on D.I.T. Records in the U.S. Do It Together Records is a label Amanda started to help indie artists work together to release and promote their music on their own terms. Most of 2009 was spent running the record label, touring extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. for Heartwood, Guest appearing on some friend’s records, Facilitating a worldwide artist collective called “The Notebook Collective“, Creating a sustainable clothing company called Recycle My Heart,  and becoming part of a Duo called The Pleasants with Mike Matta (The Sketchy Indians).

The Pleasants were born in the green mountains of Vermont atop moss covered hills under the shade of giant pines. Forests And Fields” was their first recording endeavor, recorded with their neighbors at Mt. Hollywood Studios in Belmont, VT.   This record was released in Spring 2010 on D.I.T. Records in the U.S, Friend Of Mine Records in Japan in the Fall of 2010, and Make My Day Records in Europe in the Winter of 2010. The Pleasants toured together throughout most of the U.S. and Europe in 2010 and 2011 in support of Forests And Fields. The Pleasants are currently recording their sophomore album, REVOLT, set for it's release summer of 2012.

January of 2012, Amanda embarked on her latest musical journey of recording her highly anticipated album, Hope From The Forgotten Woods, which was conceived and written 3 years, during which time Amanda explored other musical ventures, and while these songs sat and simmered in her heart and mind, the story began to unfold - revealing a dark and intimate soundscape supporting the confessions of a would-be serial killer full of pain, passion, vengeance, and liberation. This Album was recorded over a few weeks at Mt. Hollywood Studios in Vermont. All sounds were performed, engineered, produced and mixed by Amanda herself, which further creates the personal and in-depth concept. This Album being released April 27th, 2012 through Make My Day Records (Europe) and Do It Together Records (U.S.) has already received much acclamation from press. Amanda will be doing 2 Co-headlining European tours this Year (Amanda Rogers/The Pleasants) as well as a U.S. East Coast Tour in support of this album.

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