Open-hearted stories from an artist who shares her soul: Amanda Lamb’s new EP We Dance We Run expands her emotional range while reflecting the modern country veneer that is her sonic trademark.
The lead single “Barefoot,” is a joyous introduction. Amanda remembers the Tennessee writing session with collaborator Dave Tough when the images crystallized. “It came from being in the South, seeing these beautiful forests, and wanting to run barefoot through them,” she says.
We Dance We Run was tracked in Nashville by producer by Kent Wells (noted for recent work with Dolly Parton) who surrounds Amanda’s made-for-radio alto voice with prominent Music City players.
says Amanda. “Everyone is so friendly and open minded.
Barely into her twenties, Amanda is from Orange County, California – better known for posh boutiques and luxurious yachts than Wal-Marts and pickup trucks. It made no difference when she heard country music. “The stories sounded real,” she remembers. And although she explored a variety of styles as a performer, it was country music that defined her.
Amanda’s themes are not all sweetness and light. Two tracks co-written with Bill Diluigi speak to emotional shadows. “Marionette” relates the helplessness where someone else pulls the heartstrings. “Edge of Midnight” has the doubtful heroine contemplating a fateful hour until, with endearing optimism, Amanda sings,
She is open about challenges in her life. Since Amanda was one year old, she has lived with Type 1 Diabetes. Diligent in her commitment to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), she raises funds and awareness and communicates most effectively by example. She doesn’t allow anything to control her destiny.
Another trait that will surprise audiences who have experienced her exuberant live performances is that outside of the spotlight she is very shy. She reveals this in “See Through Heart,” (co-written with Melissa Bollea.) “I am often perceived as aloof,” Amanda says. “I think a lot of people who are shy are misjudged. I am OK with people knowing this. Maybe I can help someone with their shyness and anxiety and they can help me in return.” She says that onstage, in front of an audience, is where she can be the most honest.
As an artist who is not afraid to confess fears, share secrets or celebrate joy, Amanda says that performing the songs from We Dance We Run has expanded her perceptions of them.