Music is in Amanda's blood. It has been said that she sang even before she could speak. Her voice could sometimes be heard from the rooftops of Newark, NJ where she would dwell for some months of her infancy with her musical mother & her guitar strumming father. From the age of two, the multi-ethnic (African American, Cherokee Indian, Italian, & Egyptian) Amanda Holley practically lived in the orchestra pit while her mother (graduate of Manhattan School of Music) would play some of the greatest musicals and symphonies ever written on her cello. Her estranged father was a songwriter who wrote for Sarah Vaughan, and her aunt, mentor, and coach, Pat Holley (JUILLIARD), is a veteran songwriter & arranger who discovered, vocally trained, managed, wrote for, and mentored Stephanie Mills and even arranged for magnificent opera singers such as Shirley Verrett! To escape the difficulties of her childhood and home life, Amanda engrossed herself in music day in and day out, surviving on Whitney, Mariah, Aretha, Ella, and Billie's healing and inspiring vocals. She first began performing at local events for hundreds of people in her small NJ town at the age of 8, astonishing audiences with her soul and the maturity of her voice and connection to the lyric. As a teenager, Amanda even performed with the world renowned Les Paul at the jazz hotspot, Iridium.
Miss Holley plays the piano & violin, has vocally trained various singers for executives of Capitol and Universal records and her student's roster (up to 50 private students per week) spans from 7 year olds doing B'Way, to choral directors, all the way to multiple Grammy winning artists. Amanda states, "Music is who I am. I never woke up and decided to be a singer - I always have been and always will be. I eat, sleep, and BREATHE music. I cannot wait to share my story of tragedy, over-coming, strength, hope, and LOVE with the world through my music!".