September 27th, 2023 9pm Stage 2
Most people don't exactly plan to drop out of college, become a parent before the age of 21, and move to a new city in the middle of a pandemic - but Amanda McCarthy has always been pretty good at tackling the unexpected head on.
After developing the first ten years of her career in her home base of New England, she credits coming face to face with Steven Tyler in a local bar and singing an Aerosmith song for him as the catalyst that convinced her it was time to move to Nashville. "I knew that if I could get through that, I have the nerve to do almost anything", she recalls. Less than a year after relocating, she'd already quit her short-term "day job" and had successfully made music her full time career in Music City.
Blending the pop/rock spirit of Avril Lavigne with the country-but-not-COUNTRY cadence of Kacey Musgraves, her debut full-length album "Road Trip" was released in 2019 to high acclaim. She has released three singles since moving to Nashville, with a new acoustic single coming in September 2023.
The upcoming single, "Normal", expresses her happiness in living an atypical life on her own terms, and she hopes to shine light on the often under-represented group of young parents pursuing the music industry.