Veteran Vocalist Amanda Cole Talks Breaking the Mold


We watched a previous interview where you stated that the opportunity started with you putting yourself out there as a Songwriter and fortunately it turned out to be a great decision. What can you tell us about this partnership?

Amanda Cole: Chris and I have a chemistry that I have not been able to find with any other Producer, and I have worked with a lot of Producers… very talented Producers. But his music and production style really do bring out the best in me vocally and as a Songwriter. He allows me to create what I envision and he supports that vision. Even though we both know that our musical choices follow the road less traveled and could be a huge risk, we both believe that aspiring Artists need to see different aspects of Black artistry especially from a woman. I refuse to follow the blueprint that has been laid out for most R&B or Black female singers. I feel the images are very derogatory and not very honest.

The industry standard for us does not leave much room for young Black girls to imagine the option of being something other than a sexually exploited gimmick. Too many R&B singers tend to lend their talents to things that are not very uplifting or inspiring, just to get crazy amounts of money. But I don’t sing for money. I would like to get paid to do what I love, but will never sing for money. Once you do anything strictly for the money, you will compromise; you will settle just to get the big check and I think that’s why music suffers today. Too many people pursuing music careers are extremely materialistic and don’t really consider the responsibility they have as Artists.

If you desire to perform Music in any capacity, you Have to understand the power underneath the surface. Lyrics are Not just words. They are experience creators; they are memory makers. Music is very powerful! Songs

have changed societies and influenced many cultures. Words have power that most people do not fully understand or appreciate, so many allow their talents to be exploited and used unknowingly and sometimes consciously. Allowing this to happen helps negate or discount the full Black experience; it diminishes the humanity in our relationships and denies our young children the images necessary to uplift and empower them as Artists.

Black people fall in love… Black people get their hearts broken… Black Singers can sing about these events intelligently and emotionally. So why does the Music that is promoted and heavily distributed only reflect one aspect of our experiences? This hyper-sexual representation strikes me as irresponsible and false. I want to illuminate every aspect of our love, relationships and life experiences through Music. I don’t need a new car or another pair of expensive shoes, so

I can’t be persuaded to diminish my image for a huge payday.  I need these young female Artists to recognize that they can be beautiful and respectable, fully dressed and professional without altering or exposing any aspects of their physicality as Singers. Chris Starr understands that, he supports it and I couldn’t ask for anything better. My single “Be That” actually addresses this topic.

The INDIEgator: What we can expect from Amanda Cole this year in terms of upcoming EP or Single releases and what message do you want to get across about your music and yourself as an Artist?

Amanda Cole: While we’re not solid on a release date yet for my single, we’re nearly there, definitely this year. I’m really hoping that my EP, A lot like my YouTube covers, will come across as surprising and unexpected. I’m very proud of what we’ve done so far and 

can’t wait to release it!

The INDIEgator: What has been your most memorable, best or worst music performance and what did you learn from the experiences?

Amanda Cole: I just recently had a experience that was the best and the worst all at once. I was performing new material for the very first time and of course I thought it was going to be like any other performance, easy breezy. However, when I realized that I would be performing songs I’d written in front of people that I did not know, I had a panic attack and could hardly breathe; trying to sing in the throes of panic is nearly impossible.

It was the worst performance I’ve ever had but the most amazing feeling in the world because I had finally allowed people into my little world and they actually liked my music! I can’t wait to get another chance to do it and really believe it will be so much better now that I know what to expect.

I absolutely love performing live and am excited to get back out there. There’s nothing like the energy you receive from people excited to hear and support you. I’ve found that you don’t have to be perfect; just energized and engaged. It’s hard to reconcile how I love it so much now and could not stand it when I was younger.

The INDIEgator: After over a decade in the Music industry, what keeps you inspired and going strong on this ride?

Amanda Cole: I think not being beholden to a large record company is a big factor in keeping me excited about what I do. Record labels tend to pay you to be who they want you to be and limit you as a creative and capable partner. If they don’t feel like what you have to offer is going to pay a lot, then they will not support it no matter how good it is. That’s the unfortunate side

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