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Small Town Girl

by Amanda Wilson

Country music, with a little rock, a little blues, and a whole lot of soul.
Genre: Country: Modern Country
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1. I Get Carried Away
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2. Small Town Girl
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4:21 album only
3. If It Were On That Easy
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3:32 album only
4. The Chance
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4:25 album only
5. Hands On You
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3:23 album only
6. What's Wrong With You
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2:41 album only
7. Heaven On Earth Down Here
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3:35 album only
8. This Town
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3:07 album only
9. Hurts Don't It
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3:38 album only
10. Something
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3:43 album only
11. Who Will the Next Fool Be
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2:48 album only
12. The Fire
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Amanda Wilson
2006

Amanda Wilson has been singing as long as she could talk. Performing at venues from informal family get-togethers to beauty contests, she fell in love with music before she knew what hit her. It was a part of her heritage, growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where folk music is prevalent and she in particular was brought up singing in church. At the age of five, she was performing skits and singing in beauty contests. By 13, having experience in both winning and losing junior talent contests, she was receiving requests to bring her talents and unique style to events and private parties. She had developed into quite the entertainer, and was falling deeper in love with every note.
It was soon that she met manager Buddy Carpenter, who serves as a major energy source behind Wilson’s career. The partnership grew through the recording of three independent CDs, pitching to numerous labels, a four month radio tour, a concert tour with Amanda and “The Old Hat Band”, as well as many other conventions and shows in the Southeastern US. Amanda was able to maintain what was going on in her career along with a high school GPA above a 4.0.
After graduation, she moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University’s School of Music Business. Before the end of the first semester, she had signed her first recording contract with DreamWorks Nashville. She was able to collaborate with numerous writers and producers and establish solid relationships. Wilson has appeared on Tennessee Mornings with Charlie Chase, in “America the Beautiful,” by various artists, participated in TJ Martell celebrity fund raising events, and spent several hours on the air with WSM’s Matthew Gillin. She opted out of her deal in July of 2003, but assures her appreciation for every opportunity and that “It ain’t over yet”.
She sees herself like any other small town girl with big dreams, but her fans will beg to differ. She has the power to deliver emotion through a song like no other. Her voice has been described as 'liquid velvet', 'commanding', and 'haunting'. She's as country as cornbread, and she insists on keeping the accent. She's real, down to earth, and approachable. You'll love her!


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Teresa Smetana

Awesome!
I love this CD and love listening to Amanda. She has a remarkable voice.

Rebecca Hosking

This is a commercial friendly CD that holds its own against what is on the radio
Amanda Wilson - Small Town Girl


By Rebecca Hosking


Amanda Wilson may be a young artist but sounds like an old pro. She has been singing as long as she could talk and the experience is vivid in her talents. Amanda has the ability to sound familiar, with a hint of influences like Dolly Parton. At the same time, she gives off a persona all her own.

This album is a nice collection of obviously well selected songs written by writers who had this artist in mind. If that’s an incorrect assumption then she executes each song with such emotion you’d think she wrote them all hrself. She did co-write the song IF IT WERE ONLY THAT EASY, and I thought it was an incredible display of well-versed writing skills. There was a nice selection of upbeat to moderate tempo songs that keeps your foot tapping from beginning to end. The CD was well produced with professional musicians making each song come alive with stand out individualism. This is what grabs you and takes you down this melodic country path. The track, HURTS DON’T IT, was a ballad that lacked the emotional punch you look for in a slow song. However for the most part the entire CD was clearly well thought out and performed with perfection. She has an angelic voice that is light years ahead of her time.

This is a commercial friendly CD that holds its own against what is on the radio today. I was very impressed with her ability to sing with strong emotion as if the song itself was connected to her at the hip. Amanda Wilson is consistently strong throughout the entire CD. I rate this 3 ¾ guitars mainly to give her room to grow. I see big things for this artist in the future.



Rebecca's Rating:



3 3/4 guitars out of 5



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Country-Pop filled music, it is also refreshingly different and very cool.
Amanda Wilson – Small town girl
By: Mitchell Keller

Amanda Wilson's CD is not only fresh new Country-Pop filled music, it is also refreshingly different and very cool. I can hardly wait to hear more from her. Her music really means something. It’s not just another Country song; it's music with a purpose! But, there is always a difference from great to awesome good Country Music. I am convinced that even though Amanda is unknown to me, she is a huge piece of phenomenal Country Music. After listening to Amanda, all twelve songs are filled with passion and diverse lyrics. Her vocals are charming and so is the young lady behind the microphone! From my personal likings of 'Small Town Girl' to 'Who Will The Next Fool Be' and the upbeat 'Something' there is SOMETHING on this album for everybody. No matter what age, man or woman, child or adult, it's an album ready to be heard by the world, needless to say.

Doug Morris, Indie Music Appreciation Group

An excellent alum for all country fans.
I love singer/songwriters and Amanda wrote or co-wrote two of these songs! One of them is the 10th track on the album & is titled "Something." This is a really neat, mid-tempo song about a girl having some difficulty coming to terms with the fact that her fella has broken off their relationship. I liked it! Amanda also wrote both words and music to the song she used for her entry in the "Next American Superstar" contest, titled "If It Were Only That Easy." I have to love a song that includes lyrics such as "I've kissed a lot of frogs looking for my prince" & "life ain't like the movies, good guys don't look like George Clooney, if they do I'm sad to say they're either married or gay."
One of the hottest songs on the album is "Hands On You", which I first heard on the album by new Nashville singer/songwriter Joey Daniels. I can freely say that I like Amanda's version of the song better! The song was written by Monty Criswell & Bob Regan and in my opinion, is one of the best songs to come out of Nashville in a while. Amanda does a great job on the song with the way she can move her voice around, hitting the notes just right and then sliding them up and down to bend them so they really sound good!
So what's my favorite on the whole disc? That's easy! I have absolutely fallen in love with the song written by Charlie Rich titled "Who Will Your Next Fool Be". This is a pure country blues tune that has a honky-tonk bluesy piano and a slow tempo that makes me want to grab my honey, pull her up nice & close, and dance the night away. It also makes a really good test of Amanda's vocal range and power. Let me tell you folks, she steps right up to the plate and proves that Amanda Wilson can sing blues with the best of them!! She can wail, growl, and just flat out get every bit of emotion out of this song that was ever in there. Where this little gal gets the raw power she projects into this number is a mystery to me. Having this song on her album, makes the price of the disc worth every penny!! Great stuff!!!
If you're looking for a really good album to spend your money on, you'd have to look far and wide to find one better than this! Whether you like contemporary country, southern rock, traditional country or even country blues, you'll like Amanda Wilson! Go get'em girl!

Jim Weaver

Amanda Wilson's new CD titled Small Town Girl is finally ready
Amanda Wilson - Small Town Girl
By: Jim Weaver, Editor In Chief

Amanda Wilson's new CD titled Small Town Girl is finally ready! To make a long story short, Amanda had a development deal with a major label a few years back, but, as happens for many young artists, this one didn't work out as planned, so she opted out. Wilson gathered it all together, broke away clean and started over with new material and a new resolve. Granted it has taken a while, but for you and I, well worth the wait. Small Town Girl is the culmination of an amazing journey of growth and maturity and you can hear it in her voice, her attitude and above all, in her music.

Amanda's story is pretty much the same as a lot of country singers, grew up in musical family, sang in church, hooked on music early on in life, what sets her apart is her wining personality and an honest love of what she does.

When I first cue up a new CD I try to clear my head of any preconceptions about the artist or music of their past, not always an easy thing to do depending on the artist, and I will admit to having some high expectations for Ms. Wilson since I've known her manager Buddy Carpenter for quite a while... I'll be danged if she didn't hit the mark. I love this CD, all the songs are good and several are really, really good. Some of my favorites include "I Get Carried Away", the Amanda penned "If It Were Only That Easy", "The Chance" and "What's Wrong With You".

Bottom line, I really like this CD, go to her website listed below and give the samples a listen, I think you might like it too.

Speaking of being from a musical family, while you're surfing around check out her big brother's music, Steven Neil Wilson.

Looks, talent, personality, Amanda Wilson... what's not to love!




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1. I Get Carried Away
2. Small Town Girl
3. If It Were Only That Easy
4. The Chance
5. Hands On You
6. What's Wrong With You 7. Heaven On Earth Down Here
8. This Town
9. Hurts Don't It
10. Something
11. Who Will The Next Fool Be
12. The Fire

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Autumn Kerr

Great CD with a handful of songs that could easily be country radio hits!
I love this CD! Amanda's voice is powerful and refreshing. From her light and airy vocals on track 7 to her sassy, powerful performance on tracks 3, 5 and 11 - Amanda delivers everything a country music fan could want - a handful of ballads mixed in with plenty of upbeat radio friendly tunes. There's even a bluesy one (track 11) that was really cool. I think tracks 4, 6, 9 and 12 could all easily be radio hits! I highly recommend you check this girl out - she's on her way to the big time!

George McCorkle

Great Singer!! Well worth a buy!!! Great CD!!! Way to go Amanda
Well rounded CD! Great choice of songs and sounds great! Well produced and engineered!!! Amanda Wilson is the real deal!! Thanks Amanda!!!

Indie Islands.com

Amanda Wilson - Poised to Break - BigTime 5 STARS
Amanda Wilson
Poised to Break - Big Time!

Amanda Wilson was introduced to our staff about six months ago ... we see a plethora of Indie's - mostly Country, and I'd put Amanda near the TOP of Independent Country - she simply brings it!

Small Town Girl displays the simple fact, that it's time that the Major labels start looking at Amanda once again. The album is rather well produced, and the songs are decent selections for this gifted artist.

We have the album - and recommend it highly - it should be added to your collection ... both knowing Amanda, and her manager - who's worked with her for years - you can expect to hear more and more from her. Best of luck to you Amanda, it's a tough road, but you're truly gifted in the top 10% - it's only a matter of time. I remember thinking the same thing about Chris Young about a year and a half ago - once Amanda takes off she will soar.

Best Wishes
David Erik, CMA, NSAI, ASCAP
www.indieislands.com
DreamStar Music

Quincy

Catch her on her way up
One of my favorite new country albums...Amanda is an extraordinarily-polished singer who slides between mellow ballads and hard-picking rhythms with grace and ease. If you want to get a good sense of her vocal range, though, check out "Who Will The Next Fool Be." Buy the album and enjoy being in the "know" when she makes it into the big time.