Amanda Overmyer

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Amanda Overmyer
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Amanda Overmyer at the American Idol, Season 7, Top 12 after party on March 6, 2008.
Background information
Birth name Amanda Lindsay Overmyer
Born (1984-10-26) October 26, 1984 (age 29)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Origin Mulberry, Indiana, United States
Genres Hard rock, blues, rock, rock and roll, southern rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels Chile Records
Associated acts Steeleto
Ruinaces
Website OvermyerProductions.com

Amanda Lindsay Overmyer (born October 26, 1984) is an American rock singer-songwriter from Camden, Indiana [1] who was the eleventh place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. Following her run on Idol, Overmyer released her debut album Solidify on December 10, 2008 and is currently working on her second album with her band.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Overmyer was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1984; her father was serving in the United States Air Force and was stationed there. Overmyer and her family eventually moved back to Indiana, where she grew up in Camden, Indiana and attended Delphi Community High School in Delphi, Indiana. She received a nursing degree from Ivy Tech Community College, and is a health-care specialist dealing predominantly in respiratory issues.

Some of Overmyer's favorite past gigs were the ones sponsored by ABATE of Indiana. Through this association and its biker members, Overmyer enjoyed another passion — Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Her immediate family all enjoy motorcycles as well. Overmyer is married to Casey Taylor, her longtime boyfriend from Mulberry, Indiana.[2]

As a young girl competing in 4-H sponsored talent contests and later in WAZY Idol in Lafayette, Indiana, Amanda always dreamt of a career in music. In her late teens, Overmyer joined a local band. Since then she has been the lead singer of several bands, including Steeleto and Ruinaces. She lists Bob Seger, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Guns 'n' Roses as among her chief influences. Although Overmyer already had a successful career as a nurse, she also was curious to see if she could be a professional musician, and trying out for American Idol gave her the best chance to test the waters without risk.

American Idol[edit]

Overview[edit]

The American Idol judges have often compared her sound to Janis Joplin. Overmyer was eliminated on the March 19, 2008 episode of American Idol, putting her in 11th place and just missing out on the tour along with David Hernandez.

After her ouster on the April 23, 2008 episode, fellow finalist Carly Smithson stated in her post-exit interviews that Amanda Overmyer had been her favorite singer of the competition.

Overmyer is currently the only contestant from Indiana to become a finalist in American Idol history.

Performances[edit]

Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition N/A "Turtle Blues"
"Travelin' Band"
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Creedence Clearwater Revival
N/A Advanced
Hollywood N/A "Light My Fire" The Doors N/A Advanced
Hollywood N/A "Piece of My Heart" Erma Franklin N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 Women) 1960s "Baby, Please Don't Go" Big Joe Williams 4 Safe
Top 20 (10 Women) 1970s "Carry On Wayward Son" Kansas 6 Safe
Top 16 (8 Women) 1980s "I Hate Myself for Loving You" Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 3 Safe
Top 12 Lennon–McCartney "You Can't Do That" The Beatles 9 Safe
Top 11 The Beatles "Back in the U.S.S.R." The Beatles 1 Eliminated

Post Idol[edit]

After her elimination from American Idol, Overmyer made appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, and The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. She has also been performing professionally ever since American Idol.

On May 24, 2008 Overmyer headlined the Women of Rock show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. She debuted 4 original songs, "Play On", "Fail to Compromise", "Fight Like A Son", and "Love Me Like You Want."[3]

Overmyer performed at the Harley Davidson Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI on August 27, 28 and 29th 2008. She also performed at a homecoming gig in Lafayette,IN on September 19, where she debuted new music from her album.

On December 10, 2008, Overmyer released her debut album "Solidify". "Play On" was the debut single from the album and is dedicated to her husband.[4] The album is available for digital download on her website, as well as iTunes, Amazon, Tradebit, Napster and Rhapsody.[1] The album was produced by Los Angeles-based producer Rocco Guarino.

The album is also now in most stores in the United States; some states may not have the album yet, but are expected to.

To date her biggest show was in her hometown of Lafayette, Indiana during the summer of 2009, where nearly 14,000 fans came out and watched her perform with her band. In 2009, her band went through a lineup change, and Overmyer auditioned a session guitarist from Purdue University.[5]

Overmyer and her band have toured extensively, chiefly in the midwest, since her appearance on Idol through 2014. She announced on YouTube in November, 2013 that, in addition to future live shows, she will be writing new music for an upcoming album. [6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Solidify
Studio album by Amanda Overmyer
Released December 10, 2008 (online)
2009 (In store)
Recorded 2008
Genre Hard rock
Label Chile Records
Producer Rocco Guarino
Amanda Overmyer chronology
- Solidify
(2008)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fail to Compromise"
  2. "Love Me Like You Want"
  3. "Hole in the Wall"
  4. "Play On"
  5. "Call Your Mama"
  6. "Fight Like a Son"
  7. "Lay It Down"
  8. "Varmint Rifle"
  9. "Iroquois Lane"
  10. "A Long Time"
  11. "Let's Take It Outside"
  12. "Pray"

Singles[edit]

  • "Play On" (2008)
  • "Love Me Like You Want" (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soria, Melissa. "Life after 'American Idol'". Pharos-Tribune. July 30, 2008.
  2. ^ Dixon, Delaina (March 26, 2008). "Commercial break with American Idol's Amanda Overmyer". OKmagazine.com (Internet Archive). OK!. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ Parker, Lyndsey. "Amanda Overmyer Hits The Whisky". Yahoo! Music. May 25, 2008.
  4. ^ Soria, Melissa. "Life after 'American Idol'". Pharos-Tribune. July 30, 2008.
  5. ^ Colbrese, Ben. "Student guitarist to audition with ‘Idol’ star". Purdue Exponent. April 10, 2009.
  6. ^ Amanda Overmyer Performs New Song 'Midwest Housewife' ". November 14, 2013.

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