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Amanda Marshall

Amanda Marshall
In concert, October 13, 2007 at Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario
Background information
Birth name Amanda Meta Marshall
Born (1972-08-29) August 29, 1972
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Soft rock, R&B
Years active 1995 – present
Labels Sony Music Canada, Epic
Associated acts Mila Mason, David Tyson

Amanda Meta Marshall (born August 29, 1972) is a Canadian pop-rock singer. She has released three studio albums, the first was certified Diamond in Canada, with the latter two certified 3x Platinum and Platinum respectively.[1] She is best known for her 1996 single, "Birmingham", which reached number 3 in Canada and was her only song to reach the US charts.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Debut album and critical success 2.1
    • 1999-2000: Tuesday's Child and further success 2.2
    • 2001-2003: Everybody's Got a Story and further releases 2.3
  • Discography 3
    • Studio albums 3.1
    • Compilations 3.2
    • Singles 3.3
    • Promotional singles 3.4
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Marshall was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2] Her father is caucasian and her mother is a black Trinidadian.[3] In several of her songs, Marshall has reflected on her racial identity "as a woman who looks white but is actually black".[4][5]

Marshall studied music extensively during her childhood, including at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. While performing on the Queen Street West bar scene in her teens, she met guitarist Jeff Healey, who was struck by her powerful voice and took her on tour for a long time.[2]

Career

Debut album and critical success

Marshall signed a recording contract with Metalblade Records in 1991, but both parties agreed that they were not a good fit and went their separate ways.[2] In 1994, Marshall signed to Epic Records, and contributed to the Neil Young tribute album Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young the same year. Her debut album Amanda Marshall was released the following year in 1995. The album was a major success in Canada, generating a great deal of airplay and spawning six Top 40 hits -- "Let It Rain", "Beautiful Goodbye", "Dark Horse", "Fall From Grace", "Sitting on Top of the World", and "Birmingham", her most successful hit in Canada and the only song to reach the US charts.

In 1996, Marshall's song "This Could Take All Night" was included in the original soundtrack of Tin Cup. In 1997, Marshall's song "I'll Be Okay" was included in the original soundtrack of My Best Friend's Wedding.

1999-2000: Tuesday's Child and further success

In 1999, she released a successful follow-up album, Tuesday's Child. It followed in the same vein as her debut, with a mix of soulful pop songs and ballads, characterizing her powerful voice. Her song "Ride" from that album would be featured in the The Replacements and on its soundtrack. Another single from that album, "Believe In You", was featured on one episode of Touched by an Angel and on its soundtrack as well as the 2002 direct-to-video film Kermit's Swamp Years, while Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi was the guest guitarist on the track "Why Don't You Love Me". She also co wrote a song "Right Here All Along" with Carol King, who also performed background vocals on the track.

2001-2003: Everybody's Got a Story and further releases

In 2001, Marshall released her third album, Everybody's Got a Story. It marked a change in style and sound for Marshall, with a noticeable R&B influence. Her singles "Everybody's Got a Story" and "Sunday Morning After" received some Canadian airplay, and for the album, Marshall worked with the likes of Peter Asher and Billy Mann.

Marshall's absence from the music scene was due to legal battles with her record label after she fired her management in 2002. As the disputes, over how royalties from the singles are to be apportioned, are not yet settled, Marshall is not allowed to reveal the substance of the disputes.[2]

In 2003, she released a greatest hits album entitled Intermission: The Singles Collection, which was followed by another greatest hits album, Collections, in 2006. In 2008, yet another greatest hits album, The Steel Box Collection, was released.

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album Chart Positions Certifications
CAN US US
Heat
UK
[6]
1995 Amanda Marshall 4 156 6 47 CAN: Diamond[1]
1999 Tuesday's Child 4 30 CAN: 3x Platinum[1]
2001 Everybody's Got a Story 15 CAN: Platinum[7]

Compilations

Year Album CAN
2003 Intermission: The Singles Collection 95
2006 Collections
2008 The Steel Box Collection

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
CAN
[8]
CAN AC
[9]
US
[10]
AUS
[11]
1995 "Let It Rain" 10 5 30 Amanda Marshall
1996 "Birmingham" 3 6 43
"Fall from Grace" 17 2
"Beautiful Goodbye" 5 4
"Dark Horse" 5 1
1997 "Sitting on Top of the World" 5 2
"Trust Me (This Is Love)" 24 5
1998 "Believe in You" 10 3 Tuesday's Child
1999 "Love Lift Me" 10 5
"If I Didn't Have You" 31 11
2000 "Shades of Gray" 25 27
"Why Don't You Love Me?" 42 26
2001 "Everybody's Got a Story" 6 Everybody's Got a Story
2002 "Sunday Morning After" 20
"Marry Me" 19
"Double Agent" 19
2003 "The Voice Inside"
"Until We Fall In" Intermission: The Singles Collection

Promotional singles

Year Single Album
1997 "This Could Take All Night" Tin Cup (soundtrack)
"I'll Be Okay" My Best Friend's Wedding (soundtrack)

References

  1. ^ a b c CRIA searchable database search Amanda Marshall in the artist field for certifications
  2. ^ a b c d Richard Ouzounian (2010-10-31). "Amanda Marshall makes her much-anticipated return".  
  3. ^ http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2010/10/31/amanda_marshall_makes_her_muchanticipated_return.html
  4. ^ "Marshall's Sexier". Calgary Herald. December 17, 2001. 
  5. ^ "Shadow Boxing with Amanda Marshall". Wal-Mart Profile Magazine. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 351.  
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – January 2002".  
  8. ^ Search for Canadian Top Singles peaks
  9. ^ Search for Canadian Adult Contemporary peaks
  10. ^ Amanda Marshall | Awards | Allmusic Allmusic.com
  11. ^ australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal

External links

  • Fan website
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