Amanda Marshall

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In the world of music and art, talent is the only thing which can make struggler into a star. No matter how easy an life of an artist looks at the outside the truth is, backstage, the artist undergoes immense pressure, stress, and practice. Few artists lose the heart in the beginning however, those who are persistent and consistent reach step at the podium of success. For them, success is a sweet fruit of their long hard working life and they cherish and protect their harvest for a long time. They don’t let the success fall away easily and when push comes into force, they try harder than before to retain their stardom. In the melodious world of music, singers have to continuously work to make them remembered among fans, critics, and mentors. Their image has so much worth. They wouldn’t tarnish it easily, similarly, when Amanda Marshall met a fellow Canadian musician Jeff Healey at a Toronto’s local club, she knew that she would paid attention to every word that he would say. So when Healey advised Marshall, when she was 17 years old, to practice and form a band, and start performing in local clubs, Marshall did turn his words into reality.

Amanda Marshall, a name so familiar today was not so recognizable when she was born on August 29, 1972 in Toronto, Ontario. Marshall’s father is a Caucasian and her mother is a black Trinidadian. From a very young age, Marshall was inclined towards singing. During her childhood, she studied music exhaustively; she also studied music in Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. It was by then when she met guitarist Jeff Healey who was flabbergasted by the mesmerizing voice of Marshall. Healey took Marshall along with him to the tour to US.

In 1991, Marshall signed an unsuccessful record deal with Metalblade Records. Marshall’s first real and successful break came when she signed the record deal with Epic Records in 1994. In the same year, Marshall contributed for the album recorded as a tribute to Neil Young, Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young. In the following year, 1995, Marshall’s first album under the title, Amanda Marshall was released. The album received immense praises and recognition across Canada and it became the instant hit. Marshall’s album generated a great deal in the airplays and quite a few songs were inducted in Top 40. Her hit song, Birmingham, was the only one of the songs from her first album to reach to the US charts. More hit songs, which erupt a wave of acclaim in Canada, included, Let it Rain, Beautiful Goodbye, Dark Horse, Fall From Grace, Sitting on Top of the World. Marshall’s top song, This Could Take All Night was included in the original soundtrack of the film Tin Cup and Marshall’s another single, I’ll Be Okay, became the part of My Best Friend’s Wedding’s original soundtrack. Moreover, her very first album brought in the certificate of diamond.

After having a smooth start, Marshall rose to the high level of success and stardom. However, Marshall didn’t leave hard work behind. She continued to give her best and her hard work yielded her good results. Her second album, Tuesday’s Child, once again hit the audience with the bang. Her songs, Ride, Believe in You, Why Don’t You Love Me, were well received by her fans and were acclaimed across the country.

In 2001, Marshall released her third album, Everybody’s Got a Story. Once again, Marshall touched the hearts of her fans by her powerful voice and majestic music. The greatest hits of this album were, Everybody’s Got a Story and Sunday Morning After. Marshall’s second and third album received the certificate of platinum.

Amanda Marshall has been away from making music because of some legal issues. After firing her management in 2002, Marshall has not yet settled the dispute over the proportion of the royalties. However, in 2008, Marshall did release the Greatest Hits, album. Once Marshall is back in the music, the world will sure listen to the captivating songs of this great artist.

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