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Christmas Once Again

by Amanda Hunt Taylor

A classic Christmas song; it speaks of hopeful hearts and brand new starts, it inspires the soul and puts you in the mood for Christmas.
Genre: Holiday: Pop
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* Co-penned #1 HIT song on Billboard, Cashbox, R&R -- titled: Your Love Amazes Me - Songwriter of The Year, Song of the Year * sang backing vocals on Janis Ian’s Revenge CD, as well as co-wrote a song on the CD - Hunt Taylor has been Produced by the following: Randy Scruggs, Mary Ann Kennedy, Harry Stinson, and Steve Bogard - Publishing companies: Warner Chapell, Milsap Music, George Strait Music, Little Big Town Music, New Clarion Music Group, Randy Scruggs Music, Bug Music, Gila Monster Music, Blue Water Music & Curb Music. Currently self published by AmandaRick Music.

Artists who have recorded Amanda's songs, Janis Ian/No One Else Like You - Tanya Tucker/Wishing it All Away - Doug Supernaw/Fire In The Rain - Ricochett/Hanging By A Thread - John Berry, Michael English, Andy Childs & Tanya Tucker & Joel Nova/Your Love Amazes Me - Rena Gaile/All She Wants - Greg Trooper/When She lies To Me and many others.

"Amanda Hunt-Taylor's new stuff sets a kind of mood and emotion that you don't often hear these days. She knocked me out, and you better believe I'm jaded as hell, so thats not easy to do!." Bob Welch - Songwriter/Guitarist of the original Fleetwood Mac Band.

"Amanda is a friend of mine, I'm also a fan, she brings her own infectious passion to everything that she does, this record is no exception. She is a singer-songwriter-producer extraordinair, and a real person to boot, she's also a great cook, and being good-looking doesn't hurt. There's a lot of love on this record y'all, when you hear it for the first time you'll get it. Love you toots." Michael Smotherman - Songwriter/Artist/Multi-Instrumentalist/HIT songwriter (check him out at cdbaby.

"Amanda Hunt-Taylor's debut album is a rare complex collection of songs from a person with a rare and complex combination of talents. She writes with emotional intelligence, but also with emotional abandonment, and though her voice is a wonderfully pure and controlled melodic instrument, she surrenders herself to every song, and you forget that your listening to a record." From the late, great Randy Vanwarmer - Pop artist/songwriter - You Left Me Just When I needed You Most.


After 20 something years of successfully writing songs for other artists, Amanda Hunt-Taylor, currently residing in Nashville, TN launched her own recording and performing career with her debut CD “Only When I Breathe” on her self owned label AmandaRick Records. AmandaRick Records was formed by Amanda and her husband Rick Taylor (Bassist/Composer), both Rick and Amanda enjoyed Americana chart success with their first release "Only When I Breathe" - single: Your Love Amazes Me


Robert K. Oermann Review - MUSIC ROW MAGAZINE
"The Co-writer of "Your Love Amazes Me" has a lovely solo CD. Her soulful singing on this, its title tune, is backed by stark guitar strumming and eerie melodica pumping. It will get under your skin and into your mind. Memorable and imaginative work."


Why is it that so many of the really creative singer/songwriters just ripe for bursting through the commercial wall happen to be women? Case in point: Amanda Hunt-Taylor, best known for writing John Berry's stirring hit "Your Love Amazes Me." Hunt-Taylor, originally from Atlanta Georgia, grew up the daughter of a songwriter, with music coursing through her viens, always knowing what she wanted to do. On her debut CD "Only When I Breathe," it's obvious that this is not an artist defined strictly by the term "country," but that Hunt-Taylor's work is probably best classified as lightly dressed "acoustic music." Many of her songs, especially the Bonnie Riatt-ish "A Vacancy of Love," would fit in just fine at a Lilith Fair performance, yet it's easy to imagine a commercial country artist such as Trisha Yearwood recording the title ballad, or a soul diva grooving on "I Do Like Lovin You." Still, Hunt-Taylor's music should appeal to both men and women as it cuts across genre, even as it makes her fluid voice and style more difficult to immediately identify. Intensely personal and yet at once universal, the songs can be as intimate as a confessional box or as independent as a fifth generation grand dame. Beautifully framed by multi-instrumentalist George Marinelli whose electric slide guitar slices through the opening cut like a laser, the album has a sort of shimmering integrity, whether in the instrumental touches like the "Hawaiian" acoustic slide on "Your Love Amazes Me" (which works equally as well as a love song or as a contemporary Christian Devotional), or in Hunt-Taylor's searing, autobiographical writing, particularly on "Somebody Say Its Okay," the story of her parents' painful marriage and divorce, with the inherent message about the life long effects of alcoholism on an entire family. Just why it's usually a female writer who can bring this kind of polished artistry to the surface on a debut - even an independently produced outing such as this - is difficult to say. As with many of the changes in the Nashville Music industry in the last decade, however, blessings are not to be questioned, but savored. And enjoyed.

Only When I Breathe, Amanda Hunt-Taylor
Amanda Hunt-Taylor wrote the number-one single "Your Love Amazes Me." John Berry made it a country smash and Michael English put it on the AC charts. It was SESAC's Song of the Year in 1994, and received a BMI award for one million radio plays. The lady knows how to write a hit and she includes it here on her debut disc. She and producer/guitarist, George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby) leave off the studio bombast though, letting the song float along on the strength of its melody and some shimmering acoustic guitars and mandolins. The same can be said for the rest of the album, and while that may be the only song you recognize it won't be the only song you'll like. "We Just Missed The Rain" and "Light Years," both co-writes with Marinelli, are strong, well written, and beautifully performed. While nine of the ten songs on the album are love songs, they're mature and intelligent. "Rain" and "Light Years" are two fine examples. If, as the song says, romance is a slow dance, Amanda Hunt-Taylor is ready for the occasion.



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Micheal Smotherman

Good job babygurl!
This is a wonderful song written and sung by one of the most talented and heartfelt people I've ever had the privilege to meet...she is also an excellent producer, as is proven on this it, love it, love it...


The 21st Century's White Christmas
We all know the classic, "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas.....". THIS will be the 21st Century's classic. It has heart and soul, it has melody and beat, it has....everything necessary for becoming a classic. Too bad CDBaby couldn't get it posted BEFORE the holidays! But slow publishers never stopped GREAT songs! Hang on to it for next year, Christmas is just around the corner ....again!


Nouveau classic
This song is so perfectly crafted it doesn't leave you. If I were to teach a class in songwriting, this will be the course. Unforgettable melody, perfect lyric and a singer that was born to sing that song. Needs an entirely separate genre...NEW XMAS! It's a shame this tune will only have holiday legs and I hope there's more coming from artist! Going to listen to it again with some cookies!