|Being born in 1983 left Amanda Wells at too young of an age to fully experience the 1980's in the way that it is so highly fabled now. Instead, she grew up during that awkward transitional century that followed songs written about masturbation and led through Vanilla Ice and X-Men cartoons. Mostly, her childhood was spent being immersed in almost every genre of music by way of a number of great musicians who have either passed on, or whose time for music has passed them by. Since the day her parents brought her home from the hospital into a trailer full of musicians, poets, and artists, she has been in love with music.
Her first guitar was pulled from a dumpster at a construction site where her dad was working, and was handed to her after some furniture polish and a mixed set of half used strings. Despite the collection of varied instruments and equipment he owned, her father's knowledge of music consisted of a crude concept of the major scale only in C, and the fingering for basic G, C, and F chords. She learned what she could from whoever could teach, and what couldn't be taught, she learned on her own.
Amanda spent her awkward preteen and teenage years exploring new musical styles, while experiencing the child-like drama that spawned her first emotionally driven and inspired original songs. During the few years of attendance at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Amanda worked herself a small niche in the Lancaster area as a young female singer/songwriter.
Following her father's death in August of 2004, she fell out of the music scene, but eventually focused her efforts on releasing a crudely self-produced CD that was completed in August of 2005. Now, and since then, all of her time has devoted to finding a way to make the necessary balance between paying the bills and surviving, while relaxing long enough to be inspired by the world.
In October of 2010, Amanda released her first official album Ebb and Flow. The album was recorded at Underground Sound Productions outside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The songs are audible illustrations of the memories, trails, and triumphs that trace through almost a decade of the singer-songwriter's life. "The album was a long time coming, and it took almost two years to complete," says Amanda. "It only seemed appropriate to title the collection Ebb and Flow because the songs are markers in my life, one song leading to the next. Hopefully they will linger somewhere as markings for the movement of moments in someone's life."