Amanda Stone steps on the scene with her newest video “I Want You”
Nashville singer Amanda Stone flirts her way into your heart with her newest single “I Want You”. We caught up with Amanda to get to know her better and her newest single.
AMANDA, BEFORE WE JUMP INTO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR WORK, WHY DON’T YOU GIVE US SOME DETAILS ABOUT YOU AND YOUR STORY.
I’m lucky to still be alive. I’m surrounded by fantastic, creative people, and I get to work on art and music everyday. This is my current state of affairs, but it was not always the case.
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania by a teenage single mother. In short, I was a strong-willed kid who got into trouble, often. I left home at 17 and joined a garage punk band of older guys. Lying about my age I acquired a fake ID to play shows. The band house kept getting visits from the local police, so eventually it all fell apart. With nowhere to go, I came home tail tucked and crushed. My mother had little tolerance for my interest in music, so I rented a cheap 10×10 lockout space with electricity. That is where I learned to play guitar and where I wrote my first songs. I’d be out there in this sinister-looking place alone bashing on my makeshift drum kit, performing into a full-length mirror I hung on the wall (like how ballet dancers practice, right?). A few years have gone by and there’s been some hard living. My life today looks completely different, but to get here I had to be pulled out of a hole. There was a rock bottom here, a rock bottom there, running around tough Philly neighbourhoods, etc. But I wanted to experience it all.
Reckless destructive abandon. When I said,”I’m lucky to still be alive.” I meant it. All of this now feels like a gift. With my head screwed back on I moved to Nashville 2 years ago. Though, half of this time has been in quarantine. I loaded up my car and drovesouth without knowing a single person. Mostly everyone thought I was crazy. I, myself, love change. Moving to Nashville is one of my favorite decisions.
LIVING IN NASHVILLE, WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST AND WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT THE CITY? SPECIFICALLY IN REGARDS TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
One thing I love about Nashville is how I can send a song idea to a friend at midnight, and they’ll call me up 30 minutes later to talk about it. I’ve developed some great relationships in my two years of living in Nashville. I’m continuously in awe of people’s willingness to collaborate, or share their music industry experiences, both good and bad. My latest music video for ‘I Want You’ is definitely an example of collaboration. It was a passion project for the crew involved. Being an independent artist means for a project of this scale, favors were pulled while time and energy was donated. They do it all for the art and in support of the artist. As for what I dislike, I keep what works and the rest I let fly. I will say, coming from Philadelphia I miss the bodega egg sandwich and public transit.
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION BEHIND CREATING THIS SONG? IS IT ABOUT ANYONE IN PARTICULAR? WHO’S THE SPECIAL PERSON?
I demo’d this song at home and it quickly came to life in the studio with my producer Gregory Lattimer. I was inspired by the Girl Group era with its timeless themes of love and heartache, production that jumps out of the speakers, and lavish vocal harmonies. Gregory and I share a love for simple, hook-driven music. We ran with the idea. ‘I Want You’ is more about a feeling than about a specific person. If it was about a specific person, I would never tell. 😉
THE VIDEO’S NOSTALGIC PRESENTATION GIVES THE FEELING THAT WE ARE BEING TRANSPORTED BACK TO THE 60’S. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO EMBODY THIS ERA IN THE VIDEO?
I wanted to use the video to explore an entirely different subject matter. The era set the tone for an idealistic domestic situation gone awry. Witness as I sip my windex martini. It was fun to embody this character that sat somewhere between Marilyn, Grace Kelly and a huffing Virginia Woolf.
WHICH CAME FIRST – THE IDEA FOR THE SONG OR THE VIDEO?
It begins and ends with the song. Everything else is extra, but the extra can be quite fun as well. The video could’ve been straightforward sugar-coated la-la-la. Instead, I turned left. In the end the video is another piece of art, so let’s go.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? WHAT CAN WE TELL OUR READERS TO LOOK FOR FROM YOU IN THE FUTURE?
What I can tell you for certain is there will be more songs, more videos, and a record in the making. Everything feels new and exciting. We’re on this ride together. I can’t wait to see where it goes. Live shows are on the horizon as well. I hope to see you there!
“I Want You” is now available on YouTube, Spotify, and other major platforms. To know more about Amanda Stone don’t forget to follow her on Instagram @amandastoneshowz