Bassist, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, pianist, educator, and artist – these are only a few words that describe Amanda McCoy. Amanda is one of the most in demand musicians working in the Nashville music scene. If Amanda isn’t touring with one of many bands or artists, you will find her performing original material in Nashville, recording in the studio, or getting messy with charcoal and paint.
Since stepping onto the scene in late 2009, Amanda has delivered a power packed punch to Nashville. In those five years, she has shared the stage with Tristen Smith, Kevin Skinner, George Jones, Clint Black, Jo Dee Messina, Tim McGraw, Marty Stuart, the Charlie Daniels Band, Cowboy Troy, Little Big Town, Daisy Mallory, Neil McCoy, the Eli Young Band, Eden's Edge, Lorrie Morgan, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and Molly Hatchet. Amanda has also had the privilege of studying extensively with some of the best musicians in the world. They include Pandel Collaros, Victor Wooten, Regi Wooten, Kenny Aronoff, Frank Gambale, Steve Bailey, Howard Levy, and Molly Pauken.
Amanda grew up in the small town of Coshocton, Ohio, where her parents played an instrumental role in nurturing her love and appreciation of great music, her growth as a person, and in her development as a musician. Amanda is quoted as saying in a recent interview, “I was raised on so many different genres of music. I can remember hanging with my grandparents and listening to Waylon, Willie, and Johnny – and then going home to rock out with my parents to some Neil Young, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bruce Springsteen, and KISS. Actually, the last time that I was home, we drove around in our 1955 Packard, blasting “Champagne & Reefer” by Muddy Waters. Seriously, how cool is that? Not only was I raised on amazing music, but my family is so supportive - always has been, from the very beginning.” For Christmas in 1991, Amanda’s grandparents bought her an acoustic guitar. That’s where it all started. From then, Amanda was playing guitar every second that she could, and writing her own songs. Shortly after that, Amanda started playing the bass guitar – and that’s when it all clicked. She had found her passion.
In early 2005, Amanda met her mentor and future producer Pandel Collaros at Bethany College. The next four years spent at Bethany were Amanda’s most important years as a musician. During this time, Amanda practiced diligently, was involved in a number of local bands/projects/school ensembles, performed at every opportunity, began writing and recording heavily, and taught at a local music store. For Amanda, the college years were all about becoming a better musician and soaking up every bit of information from her mentor.
After graduating from Bethany in 2009, Amanda had her sights set on Nashville and immediately moved there. On the evening of her arrival, she scheduled an audition with a local progressive-rock band named Zasz. The rest has been the continuing story of a successful and respected professional bassist, guitarist, singer/songwriter, and artist.
Currently, Amanda is touring and recording with her band Vertigo Moon, world-renowned progressive rock band - Pavlov's Dog, Tristen Smith, Black Shag, Zasz & the True Fortune Orchestra, Pandel Collaros, and Kevin Skinner among others. Her latest album, The Hurt, is now available - she chose to do a physical release of the album first, before releasing on iTunes. Previous releases are now available on iTunes - they include the Jade EP, and The Rain Barrel single.
Whether it’s touring, recording, writing, teaching, or being creative with pencils, brushes, and film – Amanda brings something special and unique to the table. With extraordinary creativity, drive, dedication, work ethic, and talent, Amanda McCoy is a force to be reckoned with.
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Photo by Megan McCoy