"Music is in my soul - it's in every beat of my heart. My wish is that everyone who experiences
an Amanda Shaw performance is able to feel the joy and beauty music brings to my life,"
Mix a little bit of country and Cajun, with a touch of Rock-n-Roll and Blues, and you have a funky Louisiana flavor that fiddler and singer Amanda Shaw brings every time her high heels dance across a stage. Amanda's passion for her culture is evident in the diverse blend of music she creates with every note she plays.
Becoming a classically trained violinist at age four, Amanda studied music at Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School, and has been memorizing fans with locally-infused performances for nearly twenty years. As a young child, Amanda was inspired by artists like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Bonnie Raitt and others that influenced the entertainment industry. Similar to those artists, Amanda made a name for herself by achieving goals and breaking records like becoming the youngest soloist to perform in the Baton Rouge Symphony at the tender age of eight.
Music has been engrained into Amanda’s world for as long as she can remember. That exposure greatly paid off as the Louisiana-raised musician has carved out her place in Cajun culture, and has become one of the most recognizable brands in Louisiana music. From national appearances on the Rosie O’Donnell Show, to once in a lifetime performances with Cyndi Lauper, Amanda’s magnetic presence helped her to build an extraordinary following of fans and supporters. Younger fans look up to Amanda for her pristine fiddling skills and sassy sense of style, while order fans respect her strong work ethic and sincere sensibility, but audiences of all ages agree that Amanda’s musical talent and appealing personality give her a special flair and make her an incredible representative of Louisiana’s melting pot of music.
Amanda’s award-winning music and high-energy performances with her band, The Cute Guys, produce a unique balance of mainstream harmonies with grassroots charm. She continues to master her technique by putting a personal Louisiana twist on performances at festivals and events around the world – locally, regionally and internationally. With regular appearances at iconic events like French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest, Amanda has become a crowd favorite and a festival staple.
Amanda works extremely hard to give her fans the best she has to offer, and her passion for doing her best has been recognized with prestigious honors and awards throughout her career. The local artist has received dozens of awards including the Big Easy Award for Best Female Entertainer, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Future Famer, Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Singer/Songwriter of the Year and many, many others. In the past, she has also collaborated with Grammy award-winning musicians, such as Chubby Carrier, and renowned songwriters, including Matthew Gerrard, to give her fans a superior way to experience Louisiana-rooted, world-class music.
In addition to her impressive music accolades, which include five critically acclaimed EPs and albums, Louisiana’s Sweetheart has also graced the covers and pages of esteemed magazines including Offbeat, BreakThru Media, New Orleans Living and many others. Amanda’s film career also embodies special performances including two Disney projects and a featured role in the IMAX film “Hurricane on the Bayou,” a documentary depicting the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
Amanda’s fiddle continues to make wonderful melodies as she holds a firm place in music history in a city that delivers harmony like no other. Between the release Good Southern Girl in 2010 and the announcement of her latest EP in 2016, Amanda has invested years fine-tuning her craft by taking part in writing and recording sessions in Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN.
Amanda also spent some time touring with music industry legends Michael Franti and Spearhead, Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana and others. Amanda’s world travels and opportunities for creative expression have added a deeper dimension to her music and she looks forward to sharing those experiences with her fans as she takes the stage with every performance.
Amanda has exciting aspirations for 2018, including plans to release new music and the launch her own foundation to help make families stronger. She is incredibly grateful for her success, but knows that her light has only begun to shine. She strives to achieve so much more in the next twenty years and beyond.