With a new wave of talented songwriters stepping up to the forefront as successful recording artists, it is only right that Pollymore Management’s Amandi, rises up as the next superstar to shine. Hailing from the city of Boston, Amandi Brown was always surrounded by musical influences during his childhood. “I started singing in church at age 7,” recalls Amandi. “Since then, I wanted to expand my musical involvement, so I started singing in talent shows, school plays, after parties and around friends and family.” The next step for Amandi was to create and share his own music, so at the age of 14, he began writing his own lyrics to various instrumentals. Influenced by artists such as Donnie Hathaway, Daryl Coley, Mint Condition, Commissioned, Stevie Wonder, Tank, Glenn Lewis, Charlie Wilson, and Ron Banks of the Dramatics, Amandi already had a set of strong models from which he was able to create his own blueprint. “I think a lot of people try to recreate the songs of the past. I try to recreate the feelings of what I loved about those songs. I try to make my own melodies that bring out those feelings in people. When I write I want you to feel whatever emotion I am going through. I want it to feel personal. I want you to feel like you are in my life.” Amandi’s songwriting eventually led him to write and perform his first song entitled “My Dream” with the world renowned saxophone player Najee in 1996. “Besides just performing, I also wanted to share my own lyrics and messages to different audiences,” he says. “So I would just listen to the radio, see what was current, and then write down my ideas on paper. Soon those ideas turned into lyrics which eventually became full songs.” In order to reach a larger audience, Amandi recognized the need to move beyond just writing and performing his own material. So in 2005, he started a production team called the NyceGuys (NYCE – New Young Creative Entrepreneurs) which consisted of long time friends Donte Beats, Ptah, and Amandi himself. “This was where we realized that our love for music was one of the most important things in our life. So it was only right that we established the NyceGuys movement as the basis for lifelong musical careers.” Along with building a strong fan base along the east coast, he has also been making noise with some of the industry’s most respected heavyweights. Amandi has collaborated with super producer Brian Michael Cox (B. Cox), RL of Next, Grammy award winning engineer Ken Lewis, and various other musicians who are well renowned within music entertainment. His vocal abilities also landed him a feature on Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes’ posthumous Eye Legacy album on the song entitled “Block Party,” which climbed up to 1 in Japan on iTunes. He also wrote Left Eye’s “The Life” featuring Bobby Valentino, which also appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Next Day Air. Along with his track record, Amandi has also collaborated with local Boston talent such as Masspike Miles (Maybach Music/Def Jam), and Pollymore members: Joe politics, Nelly Protoolz and Dre Robinson. Before forgetting Amandi’s skill as an accomplished performer, he has also shared stages with Wale (Interscope Records), Slim of 112 (Formerly Def Jam Records), and other major artists within the game. “I’m all about linking up with other artists who are serious and have a love for music. I don’t discriminate by any means, so if you’re about making moves, then I’m sure we’ll cross paths and create something crazy.” With Amandi’s latest release Through My Eyes – A Mixography, his music takes his fans through the highs and loves of love, life, and pain. “The mixtape was my way of introducing the world to my vocal talents and versatility in songwriting. I also wanted the production on the project to consist of a mix of industry and original tracks. I selected those beats to not only let my audience know that I can smash any track given to me, but to also show that the production teams behind me are just as strong as other well known producers in the game.” Along with hard work comes respect and this has been very evident with the recent successes that Amandi has had over the past few years. With the increasing buzz of “Through My Eyes,” Amandi is currently in the studio working on his untitled full length album. Allied with other Massachusetts powerhouses such as Boston’s infamous Surefire Music Group and the MAE Songwriting Group, Amandi is only gearing himself up to shut the game down. “For me, it’s all about creating soulful and meaningful music that relates to the real lives of real people. Seeing the effects of music, from how it makes people smile, cry, or dance, is what captivates me. I want every song I make to contribute to the soundtrack of someone’s life. I love the creativity that exists within music and I love being the storyteller.”
Edited by karon1821 on 19 Mar 2011, 01:25
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