An elegant union of inquisitive mind, open heart and old soul enable singer-songwriter Amanda West to
weave powerful songs with a disarming stage presence. Pete Solomon often accompanies on world percussion,
gentle keyboards, classically influenced jazz saxophone and the occasional electronic loop. West's all original
songs explore topics from humanity’s impact on the planet, to musings on women’s role in society, intimate
stories of love, and recipes for self empowerment and cultural evolution.
f an inquisitive mind, an open heart, and a beautiful soul took a walk and discussed what it means to Be,
their conversation might sound like the music of philosophical folk songstress, Amanda West.
The California based songwriter has been singing since she was born, playing guitar since the tender age of 11,
and performing for over a decade. Listeners repeatedly note she has "the voice of an angel." To accompany her songs,
West occasionally plays a light-hearted banjo
, a pop-inspired piano
, or a tribal West-African djembe
, in addition to her
ever-steady acoustic guitar
. Notable influences include Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette,
and Loreena McKennitt.
Amanda West has played stages up and down the West coast from Ghengis Cohen
in Los Angeles to Yoshi’s
in San Francisco,
as well as the legendary Freight & Salvage
in Berkeley. Festival credits include the Santa Cruz River Arts Festival
the San Francisco Free Folk Festival
, the Yakima Folk Festival
, the Downtown Berkeley Music Festival
, as well as open
mics at California WorldFest
and the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival
Combining her passions for music and various social struggles, West has co-produced and performed in several large
benefit concerts addressing social issues such as women's safety and children's access to education. A deep concern for the earth’s
well being and humanity’s future has inspired West to begin work on a songwriter compilation of environmental songs for social change.
Regularly performing in and around the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas, Amanda West has been commissioned for work in film,
and performances at weddings and other private events. She has joyfully shared the stage with Inga Swearingen, Round Mountain,
Joanne Rand, Nina Storey, Raining Jane, Rebecca Riots, The Bowmans
and Megan Slankard
, among others.
This engaging songstress holds a firm belief in the power of music as an avenue to world peace and interconnectedness.
She released her first solo album, The Way to the Water
in February 2008. In September 2010 she released a 3 song
EP entitled Truth, Love & Understanding
, with her partner Pete Solomon. For the new year of 2012 she released a single
called "Habit", available through Band Camp (amandawest.bandcamp.com
) and is
currently working on her second solo album, entitled The Permission Tree