Amanda Stewart is an exciting new artist hailing from Bozeman, MT. Releasing her debut single ‘Feeding Frenzy’ at the beginning of 2022, she has welcomed us all into her soft sounding, folk pop sound full of warmth and promise. Performing on the live circuit for over 15 years, Stewart has been preparing to launch her debut album in March which has been a long time in the making. Writing songs all about her struggles in life with love, mental health and decisions, Amanda has a song that relates to every country pop fan.
The lead single ‘MAD’ from her highly anticipated debut album ‘Miss American Lie’ continues to showcase Stewart’s sound, lending on country, pop and americana influences, she delivers a sumptuous cross genre offering, full of rich harmonies and sultry vocals. Reminiscent of the early Taylor Swift days, Amanda Stewart thrives in telling those heartbreaking love stories that we all have a soft spot for, filled with catchy hook-ridden melodies and a melancholic production that sits so seamlessly behind.
‘MAD’ is exactly that, and begins with a really interesting swirling vocal effect. The song then builds so easily with the rounding lyric ‘they say insanity is doing the same thing again’ that will stick in your mind for days end. Stewart’s songwriting comes to the fore in this country-pop ballad with folky sensibilities.
There’s a real country feel in Amanda’s vocal and the whole presence of the track, but it also lends itself to those singalong pop chorus’ that we all know and love. There are remnants of Miley Cyrus in Amanda’s powerful and commanding voice, and it feels like all her strengths are shown in ‘Mad’, in what is a real statement of intent in this captivating debut record.
Speaking more about the meaning and creation behind ‘More Than A Good Cry’, Amanda explains:
“‘MAD’ is about being driven crazy in a relationship. Am I insane or am I just I love? Why do I keep coming back to this person?”