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Amanda King: Biography

"AMANDA KING was one of the last performers to appear at San Francisco’s once favorite cabaret, the Plush Room, before the doors closed forever in early 2008. The show was a total success. Amanda then went on to record Chanteuse, a collection of popular songs from the ‘30s and ‘40s now referred to as the [Great] American Songbook. This treasured material has Amanda’s name written all over it. Her tone is rich and sexy, her phrasing is smooth, the delivery balances carefree passion with subtle humor. Amanda King is the right girl for the very best in American songwriting." ~ Seán Martinfield, San Francisco Sentinel

Amanda King is a classic chanteuse who performs little known gems from the 1930’s and 40’s, as well as jazz standards and popular songs from the Great American Songbook.  Possessing a smoothness of voice and surety of style, she has been hailed by critic Stephen Holden in the New York Times as one of the nightclub world’s “exceptional rising talents”.  Combining the best of the jazz and cabaret worlds by focusing on the words, the music, and the swing, Amanda masterfully interprets the music she adores.

King_-_NYC_Cabaret_Convention_10-2010.jpgIn the last three years Amanda has appeared at venues throughout San Francisco and the greater Bay Area including, the Empire Plush Room, Jazz at Pearl’s, Bliss Bar and the Herbst Theater.  Combining her theatrical and musical gifts she garnered critical acclaim as “Queenie” in Duke Ellington’s rarely performed jazz opera, “Queenie Pie”, produced by the Oakland Opera Theater. She also appeared at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, the North Beach Festival, and the Castro Street Festival where she became an instant hit.  In December of 2008 Amanda performed with the prestigious San Francisco Chamber Orchestra singing Gershwin songs arranged for the orchestra by Bay Area jazz icon Jeff Neighbor, Amanda’s regular bassist.

In 2009 amongst other venues she appeared twice at The Rrazz Room in San Francisco, as well as returned to her hometown of Indianapolis IN to perform in the critically acclaimed Indy Jazz Fest.  2010 found Amanda returning to Indian Wells CA for repeat performances with the Desert Cities Jazz Band at Vicky’s of Santa Fe.  And in August, she received wonderful notices for her show “What’s A Poor Girl Gonna Do?” at The Rrazz Room.  She debuted her new show “Forgotten Women, Lost Songs” at The Metropolitan Room in New York City in October 2010, the night after she performed to wild applause at the New York Cabaret Convention presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation at Jazz of Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

Professionally trained and experienced as an actor and one of the youngest Apprentices at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Amanda’s career as a singer began a few years after moving to San Francisco more than a decade ago.  She entered the Bay Area Cabaret Competition in 2003 on a lark - ultimately becoming a finalist.  Later she began making appearances in showcases throughout the Bay Area and developed a devoted following.  That group grew substantially with her acclaimed one-woman show “It’s About Damn Time!” which ran in the fall of 2007 at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. The success of that show brought more opportunity, and the appreciation from audiences and musicians alike emboldened her to mount a show entitled Chanteuse.   It was met with great acclaim and solidified her reputation as a solo performer of note.  That show became the basis for her first CD “Chanteuse” where - working with her regular trio of well known jazz artists, Shota Osabe, Jeff Neighbor, and Surya Nur Patri - Amanda’s labor of love and life was recorded at the famous Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.