Born to Egyptian immigrants of Greek, Austrian, and Lebanese descent, and raised in Montreal, Amanda Mabro’s blend of dedicated artistic sensibility, emotionally charged songwriting and spectacular live show has inspired praise from critics and music-lovers across Canada, the U.S., & Europe. The Montreal Gazette named Amanda one of the city’s most promising singer-songwriters, whose songs “grab you by the throat and look you in the eye with cool defiance.” CBC Radio has repeatedly applauded her unique sound and “crystal like voice and soulful delivery.” Since 2000, Amanda has maintained creative control of her music and career development eventually releasing 2 albums and 2 EPs. Her first-ever French language release, “Nuit Blanche” off the Red Rows EP was turned into a magical music video directed by Canadian animator-art director and concept artist Meinert Hansen (300, Stranger than Fiction, Across the Universe), and is currently in rotation on Much Music Canada.
Amanda’s toured Canada several times, and has also performed on international stages (including a special performance at the historic Brussels Opera House). Her festival appearances include: 2011 Montreal Highlights Festival, 2011 Motown Epicure Fest, 2010 OSHEAGA Music & Arts festival, 2008 + 2010 International Montreal Jazz Festivals, NXNE 2008, 2008 Toronto Jazz Festival, and countless others. She’s shared stages with world-renowned performers, including Celine Dion, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, Raul Midon, Vanessa Carlton, Jill Henessy and many more.
Over the years, Amanda has developed a reputation as an artist who pro-actively fosters a community among her colleagues. In 2003, Amanda launched the first edition of WAWA (We Are Women Artists). The six annual events produced by Amanda showcased up-and-coming female performers in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. Amanda has also worked with the organization Apathy is Boring, which featured her in a recent MTV/Much Music PSA encouraging youth to vote and supports War Child Canada. She also recently contributed her writing, along with Feist and Emma Thompson, to the Gemini-nominated web community for young girls Cranky Town.
Her 2011 release “Die to the Past” was part of an instrumental musical shift from more understated jazz/cabaret-pop stylings to an unapologetically dense genre bending soul baring work - “a musical and emotional rebirth…a triumphant return” says the Montreal Gazette.
Now back in studio, Amanda is back at work on her new project “The Lost Album” . The record features a co-written duet with Canadian icon and singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith and is due for release in Spring 2013.
2011 – Die To The Past – Bitchin’ Empire
2009 – Wine Flows EP – Bitchin’ Empire
2008 – Red Rows EP – Bitchin’ Empire
2006 – Superwoman in the Making – XXI-21 / SRI
*Amanda is also know for her work as a voice coach and frequently works in collaboration with many of her musical peers. She recently founded Kin-E-Vox with friend and vocalist Mirjana Milovanovic (Cirque du Soleil, Vanier College) after discovering a shared passion for classical & holistic vocal education. You can learn more about their project here: Kin-E-Vox