Amannda is a Brazilian singer who was born with a gift, she has the music in her soul.
A local popular singer in Brazil, Amannda released her first song “Don’t Miss” in one of the most famous nightclubs in Brazil : The Week International. And that became one of her first dance hits. Since then, she performed at many important parties and events, such as Revolution, The Original Brazilian Pool Party and Sao Paulo’s famous Gay Pride and Spirit of London. In 2007, she made history when she became the first Brazilian singer to be 23rd at Billboard with the song “Sound Of Your Voice”. It got into more than 5 record labels all around the world.
Thanks to this international fame, she was invited to perform at Montreal’s Divers/Cité Festival in August 2008. Since her performance in Canada, her tracks were “adopted” by many local DJs who incorporated them in their sets.
In 2009, Amannda released a romantic track together with DJ/producer Alex Dubbing entitled, “Unique.” Several popular Brazilian dance hits would follow. In 2012 her new single “Only One” reached Billboard’s Top 21, taking the singer to reach even higher goals, becoming an international sensation. She was invited to sing in big festivals such as Matinee Las Vegas, Long Beach Pride, Feel Alive Mexico and many more before taking a break for Motherhood.
In 2015 Amannda released her first “Greatest Hits” CD and this year released her latest CD “Invincible.”
Chaunce Hayden: What inspired you to become a singer?
Amannda: Well I was always into the arts and I was also a ballerina. I was living in LA when I was 18 and a friend of mine was in a rock band. He heard me singing and thought I had a good voice. So when I moved to New York I saw the musical “Rent” and that’s what really inspired me to pursue singing as a career.
Can you recall the first time you sang in public?
Yes, I was living in Brazil at the time and I ended up singing in a bar for 4 years until I graduated college. As soon as I finished college I showed me mom my diploma and said, “Okay, you wanted me to get an education. Here it is. Now I’m going to pursue singing for the rest of my life.” I met a producer in Brazil and wrote a song. It actually became a hit and I never looked back.
You did very well in Brazil. What are the challenges of making it here in America?
I’m not young anymore and that’s a big issue. I’m 37 years old. That makes things more difficult. Investors want 19 year olds. So it gets very tough.
What keeps you from getting discouraged?
It’s the people that I have surrounding me. I have tried to quit many times. Many times I thought I wasn’t good enough. I thought there are so many more talented singers around the world. Why would I have a chance? But every time I thought of quitting somebody stops me from doing it. My friends and family believes in the dream as much as I do. They won’t let me give up. I have so much support. My husband helps me so much. My parents help me as well. They have always been there for me. I have a lot of insecurities, but all artists do. I have a lot of emotions inside of me. Its the artist in me. There’s no place on Earth where I’m happier than on stage.
Is there a moment that stands out in your career?
I’m currently on the Billboard charts here in America. That means so much to me. English is not my first language and to go from singing in a bar to be on the Billboard charts is such a big deal for me.
How would you define your music?
I don’t know? One thing I was told while recording my new CD was, “Why are you giving up your accent?” My answer was, “Because I need to fit in.” My friend said, “Who told you that? You don’t need to fit in. Just be yourself.” So I guess you would call me a house music singer, but at the end of the day I just like to sing. I like to sing songs that mean something. I like strong lyrics. I’m really not into songs where the words don’t mean anything to anybody.
Yet, one of your most popular songs is “Boom-Boom.” I think you’ll agree it’s not the deepest song in the world lyrical speaking.
“Boom-Boom” is a fun song! I gave something to the record company so I could do something that I want to do. I did “Boom-Boom” for a tequila company. It’s just a fun song. But than I did a “Tomorrow” which is a song about what if there is no tomorrow? How would you feel if this was the last moment in your life? My heart is in the lyrics. Like when I wrote “Forever” for my daughter Bella. But I also know sometimes you have to create a song for the crowd. They all can’t be very deep lyrics.
Why are you so popular in the Gay community?
When I started singing in Brazil I would watch the female Divas on stage and I was so inspired. I wanted to be like them. I was 24 years old and a friend of mine had me dress like a diva and perform in a gay nightclub. It was so hard to get into the business and the gay community was so brutally honest and and weren’t very kind to me. They didn’t like a woman taking the place of one of their own. But when a record label signed me they knew I was the real deal and they started to show me love. Plus, I’m very approachable and I sing songs that mean something to the gay community. I try to raise flags to help the gay community. We all support each other.
You’re very striking. Have you ever tried to model or become an actress?
Thank you! It’s funny, when I wanted to be a model when I was younger I didn’t get much interest. Now I’m older and everyone is interested! I say, “Where was everyone when I was a teenager?” But yes, I do love to be on camera. My husband says, “I never saw anyone who loves a camera as much as you do and who a camera loves back.”
Let’s talk about the Olympics. Why do you think Rio is getting such bad press?
Brazil is responsible for electing it’s politicians. Most of the people from Brazil don’t even know who they voted for last election! So now world is paying the price for the bad choices made by the Brazilian people. I think Brazilian people have a right to be angry because we have so many problems. But it’s our own fault for the situation the country is in. The press doesn’t care if we’re angry or not. Trying to blow out the torch is not cool. Every country has problems. But we made wrong choices and now we’re paying the price and we want everyone to see it. We are showing our dirty laundry to the world. That’s not Brazil. We are a loving country. Yes, the government covers up the problems. But it’s not the time to show that to the world. 8 years ago when Brazil was picked to host the Olympics we were in a really good place. However, the past four years we screwed it up. We have nobody to blame but ourselves.
What should the world know about Brazilian people?
We are good people and it’s an amazing country. The food and culture is so incredible. I hope the bad press from the Olympics doesn’t hurt us after the Olympics go away. People just don’t trust us anymore. Yes, it’s a little dangerous and the economics are going crazy. I get it. But at the end of the day we’re very hard workers who would do anything for you. We have such a good heart.
Music is awesome and musicians are best in the world.