The new album ‘Chasin’ Rainbows’ by Amanda Kay and The Crew

Posted on January 31st, 2012 by Kay in K Music

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Amanda Kay and The Crew have just finished a new album called Chasin’ Rainbows. Amanda wrote most of the albums songs. Kev Rice, Sandy O’Farrell and Reginald Mulva were co-writers with Amanda on 3 separate tracks. The Crews style is enticing and unique. The sound is a blend of genres including some latin, reggae and funk influences…though it mostly gets called smooth jazz. The eclectic crew Amanda brought together for this recording all come from different sections of the music industry. Amanda herself is folk jazz, Reginald (bass) from lead guitar metal band, Fiona (percussion) studied at the con in Brisbane and feels like a skiffle, zydeco, Cajun combination, Mike (Cello) is classily trained and is successful in the pop arena, Gavin (sax) is jazz, latin and funk, Richard (trombone) and Joel (trumpet) from big brass bands and broadening their styles performing originals and jazz with many musical people, Peter is a folkie and Yani is a recognised choral master.

    With this unusual group Amanda has successfully coloured her latest set of songs that have both laughter and tears. She has reached a stage in her journey where as her music reaches the audience’s ears a quiet hush descends on the crowd. People are drawn in by her sultry tone, and stimulating lyrics. She is a story teller and writes lyrics that everyone can feel. Her touch on the nylon string makes it sing sweetly, then become sharp and bright suiting the ebb and flow of the lyrics. Her journey through the world has not been an easy road and the passion she holds inside is released in her compositions.

This is her fifth album and each one has its own flavour.

In 2011 she performed with The Tranformers Choir, The Reclaimers orchestra, sat in with The Rockwiz Orchestra and played her own music with The Crew. She performed at Woodford Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival, The Queensland Festival, The Brisbane Festival and she was privileged to meet and play with Rohan Marley (Bob’s son) on his brief visit to Australia. Rohan commented “She knows her chops” and joined her on the egg in a solo performance of ‘The Election Song” (from Administer The Medicine CD by Amanda Kay).

Amanda was also interview on the George Negus show and has become a recognised visual artist, creating musical artworks. Some of her works have been used on CD covers including Peter Vance’s latest Jazz release. The highlight of the year was singing and playing guitar for the Dalai Lama at a private luncheon during the happiness conference, where he took time from his schedule to come and say hello. He said    ‘you and me,   and me and you,     and you and me,  …  we are the same’.

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