Antrim singer Amanda St John was born in the wrong country and the wrong decade. St John has just released her debut album “Grow”, May 3rd, and it is chock full of classic RnB, Blues and Soul.
Amanda St John not only has produced an album that is full of great hooks, great musicianship, and managed to bring a contemporary feel to the blues/soul genre she is a powerhouse singer and at times the hairs on the back of my neck rose listening to the new album. It’s hard to pick a favourite track on this debut as they all have a different take veering from blues, to soul, and funk. To date she has released the soul wrenching “If I Should Fall” and the funky “You Blew It” while “Grow” has become a live favourite.
Speaking of great musicians St John has them all on this album. ‘Grow’ was recorded and Produced by Northern Ireland musician Michael Mormecha (Malojian, Loris, Mojo Fury, Pat Dam Smyth….). Her band includes some of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians, including her guitar player and friend Paul Tierney who has helped her develop her sound. Boasting other collaborations with the likes of David Lyttle (MOBO nominated Jazz musician) and Jon Tiven (Nashville writer/producer who has worked with BB King, Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones) as well as a guest appearance from local Jazz legend Linley Hamilton.
It is easy to hear St John’s influences especially when you consider that Nashville producer Jon Tiven collaborated on three of the tracks. The songs are deeply personal and show St John’s struggle through some dark times from relationships, self doubt to near death experiences. But the album is a story of overcoming that darkness and isn’t that something we can all relate to. If you do one thing today listen to “Grow” from Amanda St John your soul and ears will thank you for it.
Amanda St John is taking “Grow” on tour:
May 22nd – Antrim Castle Gardens 2pm
June 3rd – Bennigan’s, Derry
June 4th – Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
June 9th – Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
June 10th – Blues & Jazz Festival, Limavady
June 25th – Belfast Jazz & Bles Fest, Belfast
You can buy “Grow” here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/grow/id1103345619