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Amanda Markley

Singer/Songwriter Amanda Markley grew up in a rural community north of Seattle, Washington. Growing up at her mother's competition hunter and jumper farm, she worked hard to become a successful competitor, hoping to one day earn a spot on the US Olympic Team in stadium jumping.

As fate would have it, after riding in pain for almost a year while intensively training, she received a doctor's diagnosis of multiple stress fractures of her spine. After 6 months in a back brace, and another six months completely grounded she began a spiral into depression. Her studies suffered as she dealt with having to leave behind a life that she had created long term goals and aspirations for.

Growing up with a love and great appreciation of music, (she still sings on her church's worship team), she turned to writing to release all the anger and frustration of a lost dream. She asked for a guitar when she was fifteen and taught herself how to play with the help of her dad, a classical guitarist. The many hours spent late at night writing and playing brought her out of her darkness and made her realize how healing music really is.

She writes to inspire others like her, who may have lost a dream, or just feel hopeless. This first album has influences of her early idols, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. She has been recently compared to a young Demi Lovato.