Whatever your initial expectations might be for an album called Windows by an artist that’s made a name for herself in heavy metal music and produced by legendary heavy metal producer Sascha Paeth, you’re in for some pleasant surprises. From soaring alternative power pop tunes like “Mayday” to the metal-tinged “Inner Whore” to the world music-flavored ballad “All That I Am,” Windows is an album that is as diverse as the genre-jumping, continent-hopping songbird that created it and is winning people over regardless of their musical taste or age.
Considered a Metal Diva in the European symphonic metal scene, Amanda Somerville is a singer-songwriter originally of the pop / rock vein who's been roughed up at the edges with a razor blade, painted over the scars with makeup and is now sweetly taking her revenge on the microphone. Since 2000, the Michigan- born songstress has divided her time between the US and Europe, primarily Germany and the Netherlands and has also been songwriter, producer and vocal coach for many bands to boot. Her catalog of projects, guest appearances and live shows garnered to date with bands like AVANTASIA, EPICA, KAMELOT is an impressive body of work that gives her more credibility in metal circles than she ever bargained for. Some of her most recent endeavors include touring with renowned artists Alice Cooper, Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE) and Paul Rodgers (FREE, BAD CO., ex-QUEEN) and a duet project entitled Kiske-Somerville with metal legend Michael Kiske (ex-HELLOWEEN, UNISONIC). She recently released the 2nd album for project HDK with Sander Gommans (ex-AFTER FOREVER), is currently working on finishing touches for the new Kiske Somerville album, due early 2015, and is recording a new solo album.
Amanda's sound is eclectic yet particular, sweet yet raw and commercial yet conventionally-challenged. Singer-songwriter metal with bling. Think Doro, Sade and Evanescence thrown into a blender and whipped into a frothy concoction. Just watch out for those razor blades. Prost!
-TRILLIUM: Alloy (2011)
-Kiske Somerville (2010), Kiske Somerville: City of Heroes (due 2015) -Windows (2009)
-Never Alone (EP, 2003)
-AINA: Days of Rising Doom (2003) - wrote concept and all lyrics, co-wrote music, worked as vocalist, vocal coach. Featuring guest musicians such as Glenn Hughes, Tobias Sammet, T.M. Stevens, etc.
-In the Beginning there was... (Debut Album, 2000)
-Blue Nothing (EP, 2000)
Other bands & projects:
-HDK - System Overload (2009), Serenades of the Netherworld (2014); co-writer, vocalist, co-
-AVANTASIA - Lost In Space I & II (2007), The Scarecrow (2008), The Wicked Symphony (2010), Angel of Babylon (2010), The Flying Opera - Around The World In 20 Days - Live (DVD 2011), The Mystery Of Time (2013); vocalist, lyrical editor
-Rock Meets Classic (2010-2013) - Live touring production with legends such as Alice Cooper, Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Co., ex-Queen), Steve Lukather (Toto), Bonnie Tyler, Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Kim Wilde, etc.; choir lead, vocalist
-EPICA - The Phantom Agony (2003), We Will Take You With Us (2004), Consign To Oblivion (2005), The Divine Conspiracy (2007), Design Your Universe (2009), Requiem For The Indifferent (2012), The Road to Paradiso (TBA); vocal coach, vocalist, co-writer, engineer, producer
-KAMELOT - Black Halo (2005), Ghost Opera (2007), Poetry For The Poisoned (2010), Silverthorn (2012); vocalist, lyrical editor
-Andre Matos - Time To Be Free (2007), Mentalize (2009); vocalist, engineer
-AFTER FOREVER - Invisible Circles (2004), Remagine (2005); lyric editor, co-writer, vocal coach, vocalist, producer; After Forever (2007); worked as lyrical editor and vocalist.
-ASRAI - Touch in the Dark (2004): lyrical editor; Pearls In Dirt (2007); songwriter, vocalist
-Ebony Ark - Decoder (2006); vocalist, producer
-EDGUY - Hellfire Club (2003), Rocket Ride (2005); vocalist, lyrical editor; Tinnitus Sanctus (2008); worked as proofreader
-SHAMAN - Ritual (2002), Reason (2005); vocalist, lyrical editor
-MOB RULES - Hallowed Be Thy Name (2002), Ethnolution A.D. (2006); Timekeeper; Celebrating 20 Years (2014); vocalist -Luca Turilli (Rhapsody) - Prophet of the Last Eclipse (2002); vocalist
-VIRGO - Virgo (2001); vocalist, lyrical editor
-Various other bands: AEVERIUM, (D), XANDRIA (D), BRAINSTORM (D), LUNATICA (CH), HARTMANN (D), IMARI TONES (JP), and many others)
Film, Television, Commercials:
-The Glades (television series, USA - 2012); Amanda's song "Sometimes" featured in episode
-The Listener (television series, Canada - 2011); Amanda's song "Sometimes" featured in episode #207
-ArtDeco (German Make-up company - 2009); Amanda's song "Point of Safe Return" featured in world-wide internet and television ad campaign and on HSN in the USA and Japan
-Girls' Night Out (Japanese short film - 2009); Amanda's song "Point of Safe Return" featured in scene
-Porndogs; The Adventures of Sadie (USA - 2009); Amanda's song "Carnival" featured in scene and "Bad Girl" in end credits
-Bad Girls Don't Cry (2008); "Point of Safe Return" and "Mayday" featured on Universal Records compilation with Amy Winehouse and Duffy
-Phaeno Science Center (2005); commissioned to write and perform song "Phaenomenal" about and for the grand opening of science center by Zaha Hadid, Frank Oppenheimer and Joe Ansel -Boehringer Ingelheim (2005); commissioned to write 2 jingles for new vaccine "Enterisol," (2009) commissioned to write jingle for canine veterinary supplement "Cardiguard"