Independent artist Amanda Rheaume has been part of the Canadian musical landscape for more than a decade. She has co-written songs with Chantal Kreviazuk, Holly McNarland and Jeff Pearce from “Moist.” I had the honor and pleasure to interview her.
Cendrine Marrouat: Hello Amanda, thank you for answering my questions. As a starter, tell us more about you.
Amanda Rheaume: I am a singer/songwriter from Ottawa, Ontario. I have been working as a full-time musician for the last four years. I picked up the guitar when I was 12 and started writing songs when I was 15 years old.
CM: You have released three albums since 2007. Tell us a little more about them.
AR: I independently released my first EP “Unraveling…” in 2003, “Even When” in 2005, “If You Never Live” in 2007 and “Kiss Me Back” in 2009. I wrote “Unraveling” after I got home from a backpacking trip to Thailand. I had never left the continent before and it changed my life immensely. I was diagnosed with panic disorder when I got home and went through a very rough time. “Unraveling…” was about that… how I was unraveling and finding the real me that was underneath. “Even When” I released with a band, it is a pop rock record. “If You Never Live” took me back to my more raw acoustic roots, and my latest release “Kiss Me Back” is a mixture of pop tunes and stripped-down acoustic tunes. I play with both a band and solo, so I wanted to release something that reflected that and give fans a chance to hear both sides of me.
CM: Where can people purchase your CDs?
AR: iTunes is the easiest place.
CM: After listening to your songs several times on Myspace – I really love “All That You Need” – I find your voice very soothing and unique. Hearing you sing makes me think of the Canadian Prairies, which is a beautiful thing. When did you start singing and writing music?
AR: AW! That is the nicest thing anyone has ever written! I started writing music when I was 15; I got a copy of “Jagged Little Pill” and that inspired me to start writing songs! I had been playing guitar since I was 12 and piano since I was 9. I only started singing in public when I was 16.
CM: Do you have a daily routine or do you let inspiration guide you?
AR: I rarely have a routine as this vocation/path of being a musician can be quite random. Traveling to different cities every day, different clubs, always meeting new people. I like to let inspiration lead the way, and a higher energy. Life normally tells us what to do and shows us the way, we just have to listen.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a writer, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com