Meet Amanda McCarthy from Londonderry, NH and Nashville, TN
There’s a reason Amanda has won the New England Songwriter of the Year Award, was a top 10 finalist at the Great American Songwriting Contest, and had a song on the Grammy Awards nomination ballot. This artist can craft a song. Like many young women of her generation, it all was made to seem attainable, watching Taylor Swift. Everyone knew Taylor wrote her own songs, it was as clear as the curls in her hair. But there were other, deeper factors that lead this singer to be an award winning songwriter.
Most people know that through tough times, often comes great art. As a teenager, Amanda McCarthy picked up her guitar and “dove in,” when faced with adversity. Being a teenager, in itself, is enough to drive one to write their way through the pain and awkwardness. Just ask Taylor. There was plenty of fodder with which to work, in the teenage life of Amanda. There was also plenty of inspiration from the Disney Channel to Avril Lavigne. As a young adult, McCarthy found Aerosmith, Garth and Kelsea Ballerini. Put the pieces together, and you have quite an eclectic puzzle. You also have an intelligent songwriter with a strong voice. Meet Amanda McCarthy.