Earlier this year one of the shiniest jewels in the crown of the Northern Irish music scene, Amanda St John accompanied by Dean Stevens on guitar blew us away with a selection of stripped back acoustic performances of her songs at the 11th Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival. Since then along with maintaining her live performance profile, Amanda St John has been putting an album together entitled “Grow”, unsurprisingly this has been met with huge interest resulting in a very successful Pledge Music campaign and due for release in February 2016.
The first single, “You Blew It” released 4th December 2015 is a catchy ‘post-breakup’ tale co-written in Nashville with the legendary Joe Tiven. Singing of moving on and knowing when ‘enough is enough’. Amanda has an instantly recognisable soulful voice, combined with the ‘big band’ arrangement on this track make astounding results, together actually recreating a live music sound at home (especially if you turn the volume up good and loud), just ask my neighbours.