Amanda Hardy, from Kent, WA, has been singing music since she was a little girl. Her live concert debut at just 13 years old was at Seattle's Showbox Market. Well, this bigger girl, a teen still, celebrated her 17th Birthday Party at Louie G’s in Fife WA on Friday night.
Hardy is guided heavily by the “Seattle Sound of Grunge” music scene such Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. Her biggest influence vocally is Layne Staley, former lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains. (August 22, 1967-April 5, 2002).
She took the stage fiercely with combative force; a will for herself to push herself and give 110% as she sang as a true rock champion would with her voice being much more mature than her age.
She is reminiscent of Christina Aguilera in that they both started young, albeit, two completely different styles of music; however they share one thing in common: a surprisingly mature voice packed into a petite frame.
It was humbling to hear such powerful vocal construction, control, and singing from her diaphragm tells us that she certainly knows what she is doing with her amazing vocal range. Hardy has a unique sound that has a jazzy quality combined with hard rock vibrato akin to Freddie Mercury of “Queen”, but with a soft grace intertwined in her music.
Her live concert performance was completely believable and listening to her sing was hearing her soul. This is what people love to hear; truthful quality in a performance. Hardy was herself, and not pretending to be anyone else, or copy another artist’s style, voice, or songwriting. She is undeniably the only Amanda Hardy around this neck of the woods.
She has an undeniable rock star presence, grace, and positive attitude onstage and off with the voice to match these qualities. She is a rock star in the making.
Her voice certainly gave the impression of her angst, her anger, and her power to overcome personal obstacles through music.
A rising star in the local scene, and beyond, Amanda will go far. There was a feel for the band’s psychedelic sound, attributed to her influence of “The Beatles”.
The band was tight as a whole, and kept in rhythm, with very few notes that were a bit pitchy, however the band regained control and it wasn’t noticeable to the admiring and supportive audience.
The last piece of music by Hardy Friday night, "The Liar", is a favorite song of theirs. It had the harmonic minor incorporated into the music, creating the magical feel of psychedelic influence.
Louie G got up on stage after Hardy's last song during the live concert, and played a riff with her. Everyone sang Happy Birthday and warm wishes abounded.
Before her performance, Hardy took a photo with Haley and Melody Jones, 10 and 11 years old. The sisters were "excited to be there" as Louie G's is for all ages for live concerts held there.
Even cake and cupcakes were served generously to guests at her birthday bash. The cupcakes were made by "Sweet Treats by Amy" who came from Des Moines WA for Hardy.
After the performance when Amanda showed her kind spirit once again by signing autographs on ripped out paper from a notebook. The two girls smiled ear to ear.
“’Always go for what you want and never stop ‘till you get it’” - Amanda Hardy.
Have a listen to Amanda’s music on http://amandahardymusician.com
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