Bassist, guitarist, hired-gun, songwriter, vocalist, educator, and artist – these are only a few words that describe Amanda McCoy. Amanda is one of the most in demand musicians working in the Nashville music scene. If Amanda isn’t touring with one of many bands or artists, you will find her performing original material in Nashville and beyond, recording in the studio, teaching private lessons, or getting messy with a canvas and paint.
Since stepping onto the scene in late 2009, Amanda has delivered a power-packed punch to Nashville. Throughout the last decade, she has performed with Jenny Tolman, world-renowned multi-platinum progressive rock band - Pavlov's Dog, Candi Carpenter, Robbie Calvo, Radio Disney’s, Christina Taylor, Jake Clayton, Charly Reynolds, Lexie Hayden, James Stone, Jeff Clayborn, Ben Cesare, Ellen Angelico, Tarra Layne, Nechochwen, Zasz, Cowboy Troy, Black Shag, Daisy Mallory, Tristen Smith, Lazy Jane, and Kevin Skinner. Amanda has also appeared on the same bill, and shared the stage with the following legendary artists: George Jones, Clint Black, Lee Ann Womack, Jo Dee Messina, Tim McGraw, Marty Stuart, the Charlie Daniels Band, Little Big Town, Neil McCoy, the Eli Young Band, Lorrie Morgan, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and Molly Hatchet. Through the years, Amanda has played on countless sessions for many artists, bands, and producers - at some of the most legendary studios in Nashville. Amanda has also had the privilege of studying extensively with some of the best musicians in the world. They include Pandel Collaros, Victor Wooten, Regi Wooten, Kenny Aronoff, Frank Gambale, Steve Bailey, Howard Levy, and Molly Pauken.
Amanda grew up in the small town of Coshocton, Ohio, where her parents played an instrumental role in nurturing her love and appreciation of great music, and in her development as a musician. Amanda is quoted as saying in a recent interview, “I was raised on so many different genres of music. I can remember hanging with my grandparents and listening to Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly & Porter, Don Williams, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash – and then turning around and listening to Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, KISS, The Cars, Thin Lizzy, and AC/DC with my parents. I truly developed a very eclectic taste for music early-on.” For Christmas in 1991, Amanda’s grandparents bought her an acoustic guitar. That’s where it all started. After that, Amanda was playing guitar every second that she could, and writing her own songs. Shortly after that, Amanda started playing the bass guitar at age 12 – and that’s when it all clicked.
In early 2005, Amanda met her mentor and future producer Pandel Collaros at Bethany College. The next four years spent at Bethany were Amanda’s most important years as a musician. During this time, Amanda practiced diligently, was involved in a number of local bands/projects/school ensembles, performed at every possible opportunity, began writing and recording heavily, and taught at a local music store. For Amanda, the college years were all about becoming a better musician and soaking up every bit of information from her mentor.
After graduating from Bethany College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Amanda had her sights set on Nashville and immediately moved there. On the evening of her arrival, she scheduled an audition with a local progressive-rock band named Zasz. The rest has been the continuing story of a successful and respected professional bassist, guitarist, singer/songwriter, and artist.
Currently, Amanda is touring and recording with her band Vertigo Moon, and performs regularly with the following artists: Jenny Tolman, Christina Taylor, Jake Clayton, Charly Reynolds, Jeff Clayborn, Robbie Calvo, and Pandel Collaros among others. Her latest single, “My Gold,” is now available worldwide. Previous releases are also available - they include the Jade EP, The Rain Barrel single, The Hurt, and Annaline Suite.
Whether it’s touring, recording, writing, or being creative with pencils, brushes, and paint - Amanda brings something special and unique to the table. With extraordinary creativity, drive, dedication, work ethic, and talent, Amanda McCoy is a force to be reckoned with.
For more information on Amanda’s artwork, please visit: Vertigo Moon Visions