Amanda Brown (singer)
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|Birth name||Amanda Leah Brown|
The Bronx, New York, United States
|Genres||Pop, alternative, rock, R&B, soul, gospel|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, dancer, actress|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar|
|Associated acts||Alicia Keys, Adele, Adam Levine|
Amanda Leah Brown was born on June 4, in the Bronx, New York, the oldest of three children. Her younger brother, Dan, is an up-and-coming management star within the utility industry. She began singing at her local church in the Bronx at the age of six. At the age of 12, Brown decided to audition for the prestigious New York performing arts school, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. There she was introduced to a world of music: classical, jazz, pop, and rock. With a background in gospel music, Brown began to explore other music genres and experiment with her own singing/songwriting style.
At the age of 18, Brown attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. After her first year of college, she decided to return to New York to pursue a career in music and transferred to Baruch College.
While attending college in New York, Brown began auditioning for various singing opportunities, which eventually lead her to a life-changing offer to join Alicia Keys on her worldwide As I Am Tour in 2007 as a background singer. From there, Brown went on to sing background for world-renowned artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland, and Stevie Wonder. One of her most notable appearances came as a backup vocalist for Adele during the 2012 Grammy Awards.
In conjunction with her diverse background work, Brown began singing at the popular live-music venue, the Village Underground, located in the lower west side of Manhattan. It was there that she began to hone her solo performance chops singing and performing with some of New York City’s finest musicians.
In 2011, Brown digitally released her first original single on iTunes entitled "Dreamer", which was co-written by Texacal, and produced by Z Musik.
In 2012, Brown auditioned for the third season of The Voice. She won a spot on Cee Lo Green's team, and was later stolen by Adam Levine after a duet performance with Trevin Hunte of Mariah Carey’s "Vision of Love", which was considered one of the best battles in the history of The Voice. She had also become the first stolen contestant in the history of The Voice to make it to the top six, before friend and fellow Village Underground performer Sasha Allen made it to the top five, stolen by Shakira after losing to Amber Carrington in Pink's "Try".
Brown’s biggest moment came during her performance of Aerosmith's "Dream On", which was met with astonishing praise across all media outlets including Rolling Stone magazine, which stated, “You could say the stakes were very high last night, but they lowered considerably after the final performance of the night because, uh, how to put this delicately: Amanda Brown has this thing locked down.”
Despite her success on the show, Brown was eliminated after making it to the top six contestants. During her exit interview, Brown stated, “This has been an extremely beautiful and amazing ride, and I owe my existence on this show for as long as I was here to [the fans]. So from the bottom of my heart – thank you.”
Performances and results
- – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
|Blind Audition||"Valerie"||The Zutons||September 25, 2012||N/A||One Chair Turned
Joined Team Cee Lo
|Battle Rounds||"Vision of Love" (vs. Trevin Hunte)||Mariah Carey||October 8, 2012||N/A||Defeated
Stolen by Adam Levine
|Knockout Rounds||"Paris (Ooh La La)" (vs. Michelle Brooks-Thompson)||Grace Potter And The Nocturnals||October 29, 2012||16.3||Saved by Coach|
|Live Playoffs||"Dream On"||Aerosmith||November 5, 2012||18.10||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 12||"Spectrum"||Florence And The Machine||November 12, 2012||21.5||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 10||"Stars"||Grace Potter And The Nocturnals||November 19, 2012||23.6||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 8||"Someone Like You"||Adele||November 26, 2012||25.1||Saved by Public Vote|
|Live Top 6||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Aretha Franklin||December 3, 2012||27.3||Eliminated|
|"Here I Go Again"||Whitesnake||27.9|
After The Voice
In May 2013, Brown performed Magic to Do at the Ben Vereen Lifetime Achievement Gala at her former High School Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
In June 2013, Amanda Brown released a song on EMW Music Group's album "Shuffle". All the proceeds from the album went to VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
In December 2015, Brown performed backing vocals for Adele in the NBC special, "Adele Live in New York City."
Brown maintains a passion for philanthropy and has been active in volunteering for children's programs such as Free Arts in New York. In 2013, Brown donated a signed copy of the Identity Thief soundtrack to the Suicide Prevention Hotline's auction in order to raise money for the organization.
- TBA (2015)
||Non-album releases by The Voice|
|"Someone Like You"||—||—||
- Hopper, Jessica. "The Voice Contender Amanda Brown Drops Jaws with Aerosmiths Dream On". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- "Amanda Brown Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- Whitney, Alyse. "The Voice Watch Ne-Yo and Amanda Brown Sing Let Me Love You on The Voice". Wetpaint.com. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- Brown, Amanda. "Amanda Brown After Her Elimination". NBC. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- McRady, Rachel. "The Voice Season 3's Amanda Brown Releases Single on Identity Thief Soundtrack". Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- Brown, Amanda. "AMANDA HAS A NEW BLOG IN PARADE MAGAZINE!". Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- Hetrick, Adam. "Stephen Schwartz, Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, Leslie Uggams and More Honor Ben Vereen at LaGuardia High May 20". Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- "Fox & Friends Kicks Off Summer Concert Series With Michael Bolton". Retrieved 24 May 2013.