Amanda Gray

  • Genres
  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Country
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Winner★ Country/Americana/Alt-Country ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Country/Americana/Alt-Country ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Winner★ Country/Americana/Alt-Country ★
  • Musicians
    • Amanda Gray — acoustic guitar, guitar, vocals
    • David Walsh — bass, guitar
    • John Pattison — drums
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


Bring Me Down by Miranda Lambert.

Bonus: You're welcome to submit additional questions and answers of your own below.


(had this one asked before and loved it) "What are your thoughts on the local music scene and how has it affected your career in music?"—I've seen what I consider success in music as an independent artist because of the people who comprise the local music scene. The helping hands from fellow musicians with booking, advice, songwriting feedback, encouraging words, borrowing gear, promotion, etc. has carried me through those moments where I felt jaded and uninspired. However, I think there are many areas where our local scene can improve. Women in music is a hot topic for me. I was recently told by a local booking agent that venues were no longer booking female-fronted bands, and that women musicians are bad for business. I believe that we have some incredibly talented women here in the Sacramento region, and it's disheartening when venues and promoters aren't supporting them equally. I wrote more about this on a recent blog—

How do you describe your music to people?


Constantly evolving.

Tell us about how you first started gigging.


I started performing in singing competitions around 10-11 years old. My family would drive me all over the West Coast so I could compete. Around 18 years old, I decided I was over competing—I wanted to create.

What was the first song you learned to play?


My own. I started off writing songs first, and then learning how to sing other people's songs next. I've always felt more comfortable singing and playing my own music.

What's next for you?


Recording a solo EP and West Coast touring.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


A million of them—Hannah Jane Kile, Kyle Williams, Jessica Malone, so many more!

Who are your biggest influences?


Neil Young, Miranda Lambert, John Prine.

Who first inspired you to play music?


My pre-school teacher was a musician. He'd bring his guitar and play music for us every day, and encouraged us to make up songs about things that we liked. I might have been 5 or 6 years old when I first told my mom that I was going to be a country music singer. My step-dad was really into rock 'n' roll songwriters—Tom Petty, Neil Young, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana. I grew up on old-school country songwriters and the best rockers. It was a really inspiring environment.

Words to live by?


You can.

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