April 13, 2018
Amanda Brown To Release Debut Album ‘Dirty Water’
NEW YORK — April 13, 2018 — Amanda Brown has built her career off of taking risks that provoke intense reactions. Her highly anticipated new album, Dirty Water, brims with a distinct confidence, the kind earned by choosing personal truth over people pleasing. The album meditates on the complexity of life’s ups and downs, as told by Brown’s unmistakable vocals — capable of awe-inspiring power and delicate nuances. Dirty Water is set to release on May 11 and the album’s next single, “No Good,” is now available on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, and Spotify. The song premiered today with PopMatters.
Ultimately, all the songs on Dirty Water brim with courage and hard-won virtuosity. Many began as a way for Brown to figure things out in her own life, as she dealt with complex emotions while chasing her dreams. A respected backing vocalist, she’s toured the world with Adele, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, The Killers, and many more. On Dirty Water, she’s taken what she’s learned through years of studying the craft of song and created a collection that’s bursting with both swagger and tenderness. It’s a triumphant compilation of Brown’s risk-taking, offering pop-savvy, finely honed rock-and-roll.
Capable of ethereal runs and swampy grit, Brown wrote or co-wrote every song Dirty Water with just two other collaborators: singer-songwriters Greg Tannen and Colin Smith. First single “The Believers” showcases her powerhouse vocals and a message of hope for the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the economically and socially abused. Moody love song “So Right” is tinged with the self-aware melancholy Brown keeps in the back of her mind, reminding her that good things may not always last forever. She penned “Glutton for Punishment” alone one day in about two hours. The song soars thanks to a surprising combination of Brown’s soul laid bare and bold vocal effects. Album standout “Dirty Water” capitalizes on what Brown does best: vocals that move seamlessly between awe-inspiring roars and haunting nuances. Written while on tour with Adele, Brown was in the middle of an incredible tour with a massive artist who treated her well, but she still found herself feeling sad. The song is intimate and quiet, a stark window into the overwhelming but mysterious anguish we all have but don’t discuss.
Brown attended New York City’s LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts – nicknamed the FAME school – and hit the road as a backing vocalist for the biggest voices in music: Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, CeeLo Green, Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland, Gwen Stefani, and more. She spent much of 2017 singing background vocals on Adele’s world tour, before going out with the Killers to open shows with her own material. Many fans first heard her complex soprano on season three of The Voice. The show introduced her to millions, but the best singers in the world had already begun turning to Brown years ago.
Thoughtful and subversive, Brown has a way of taking the familiar and recasting it to deliver an original, more robust understanding. Weaved throughout Dirty Water, listeners are reminded that songs can carry our burdens so that while we never forget, we’re not immobilized by the weight of our experiences.
May 12 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
May 20 – Dallas, TX – Opening Bell Coffee
May 27 – San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
June 5 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro
June 6 – Denver, CO – Walnut Room
June 9 – Nashville, TN – The Back Corner
June 14 – Chicago, IL – Uncommon Ground, Lakeview