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Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter and vocal coach best known for her collaborations with various European metal bands (Avantasia, Epica, Kamelot, After Forever). Since 1999 she has resided and worked mainly in Germany and the Netherlands. With a vocal range from tenor to soprano and stylistically diverse, Amanda’s solo career has thus far been primarily comprised of soft and elegant pop/rock with some hard rock, folk and soul music influences.TRILLIUM is something new, exciting and very diverse for Amanda, who describes it “more like an expedition with my musical family to explore and celebrate the metamorphosis I’ve gone through as an artist over the past several years. Quite simply, it’s my new baby”.The TRILLIUM name came about since it “symbolizes a trinity because things are always showing up in 3s in my environment and there are a number of triads occurring in this project, as well” tells Amanda. “The name of the album, “Alloy,” is symbolic and metaphorical. An alloy is a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals combined with a non-metal, intimately mixed. It also means standard; quality; fineness and is an admixture, as of good with evil. I’m a Pisces, so I’m all about duality and combining known elements – sometimes opposing each other – to create something different. Though I’ve been working myself further and further into the metal scene, I still always feel the need to add an extra element to make it shine, bling, stand out”.Musically, TRILLIUM is a hybrid of rock and metal: it’s riffy, has a heavy hand instrumentally and is quite different from anything Amanda has ever worked on so far. The creative team on the album includes the acclaimed Sascha Paeth & Miro (KAMELOT, AVANTASIA, EPICA, AFTER FOREVER, ANGRA etc.) on production, songwriting and performances with the participation of Sander Gommans (ex After Forever) and also features Jorn Lande on a very special duet with Amanda.

Amanda’s sound is eclectic yet particular, sweet yet raw and commercial yet conventionally-challenged. Singer-songwriter metal with bling. Think Annie Lennox, Doro, Rob Zombie and Sade thrown into a blender and whipped into a frothy concoction.

BIOGRAPHY

Hello, Dearies, and welcome! I’m a nutty musician from Michigan who somehow got herself known in the European metal scene, even though I’m not really a super-mega-metal-diva girl. But that’s not a secret. Not one I’m keeping, anyway!You might know me from the various work I’ve done with other bands, but you may be surprised at what else I have to offer and I invite you to look around, have a listen and let me know what you think!OK, now on to the more serious, official stuff. Enjoy!

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Amanda

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Considered a Metal Diva in the European symphonic metal scene, Amanda Somerville is a singer- songwriter originally of the pop / rock vein who’s been roughed up at the edges with a razor blade, painted over the scars with makeup and is now sweetly taking her revenge on the microphone. Since 2000, the Michigan-born songstress has divided her time between the US and Europe, primarily Germany and the Netherlands and is also a vocal coach, co-writer and producer to boot. Her catalogue of projects, guest appearances and live shows garnered to date with bands like EPICA, KAMELOT and AVANTASIA is an impressive body of work that gives her more credibility in metal circles than she ever bargained for. Some of her most recent endeavors include touring with renowned artists Alice Cooper, Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE) and Steve Lukather (TOTO) and a duet album entitled Kiske-Somerville with metal legend Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN). Currently she’s focusing on studio work recording a new solo album.

Amanda’s sound is eclectic yet particular, sweet yet raw and commercial yet conventionally-challenged. Singer-songwriter metal with bling. Think Doro, Sade and Evanescence thrown into a blender and whipped into a frothy concoction. Just watch out for those razor blades. Prost!

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TRILLIUM:
With a musically eclectic founder and front woman, American singer-songwriter Amanda Somerville, TRILLIUM is an amalgam of various elements of rock and metal, spit-polished to a blinding shine of melodic maelstrom. As culturally diverse as they are instrumentally, the band TRILLIUM comprises spans 2 continents, 3 countries and a multitude of musical backgrounds. But the language of Rock is universal and the Lady and Gents of TRILLIUM are fluent and not afraid to speak their minds. They do leave quite the impression and a metallic taste in the mouth which is rather addictive. Cheers!

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DISCOGRAPHY

Solo:

-Trillium Alloy (2011)

-Kiske-Somerville (2010), Kiske Somerville: City of Heroes (coming 2015)

-Windows (2009)

-Never Alone (EP, 2003)

-Aina: Days of Rising Doom (2003) – wrote concept and all lyrics, co-wrote music, worked as vocalist, vocal coach. Featuring guest musicians such as Glenn Hughes, Tobias Sammet, T.M. Stevens, etc.

-In the Beginning there was… (Debut Album, 2000)

-Blue Nothing (EP, 2000)

Other bands & projects:

-HDK – System Overload (2009), Serenades of the Netherworld (2014); co-writer, vocalist, co-producer, engineer

-Avantasia – Lost In Space I & II (2007), The Scarecrow (2008), The Wicked Symphony (2010), Angel of Babylon (2010), The Flying Opera – Around The World In 20 Days – Live (DVD 2011), The Mystery of Time (2013); vocalist

-Rock Meets Classic (2010-2014) – Live touring production with legends such as Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, Queen), Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Steve Lukather (Toto), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Bonnie Tyler, Kim Wilde, Dan McCafferty (Nazareth), etc.; vocalist & choir director

-Epica – The Phantom Agony (2003), We Will Take You With Us (2004), Consign To Oblivion (2005), The Divine Conspiracy (2007), Design Your Universe (2009), Requiem For The Indifferent (2012), The Road to Paradiso (TBA); vocal coach, vocalist, co-writer, engineer, producer

-Kamelot – Black Halo (2005), Ghost Opera (2007), Poetry For The Poisoned (2010); vocalist, lyrical editor, Silverthorn (2012); vocalist, concept story author

-Andre Matos – Time To Be Free (2007), Mentalize (2009); vocalist, engineer

-Edguy – Hellfire Club (2003), Rocket Ride (2005); vocalist, lyrical editor; Tinnitus Sanctus (2008); worked as proofreader

-After Forever – Invisible Circles (2004), Remagine (2005); lyric editor, co-writer, vocal coach, vocalist, producer; After Forever (2007); worked as lyric editor and vocalist.

-Asrai – Touch in the Dark (2004): lyrical editor; Pearls In Dirt (2007); songwriter, vocalist

-Ebony Ark – Decoder (2006); vocalist, producer

-Shaman – Ritual (2002), Reason (2005); vocalist, lyrical editor

-Mob Rules – Hallowed Be Thy Name (2002), Ethnolution A.D. (2006), Timekeeper; 20th Anniversary (2014); vocalist

-Luca Turilli (Rhapsody) – Prophet of the Last Eclipse (2002); vocalist

-Virgo – Virgo (2001); vocalist, lyrical editor

-Various other bands (Brainstorm, Aeverium, Lunatica, Hartmann, Imari Tones, Reverend Right Time and the First Cousins of Funk, etc.)

Influence and Inspirations
Paul Simon
Sarah McLachlan
The Kingston Trio
Carole King
Sheryl Crow
Paula Cole
Tracy Chapman
Ani DiFranco
Blondie
John Denver
Cultured Pearls
Veruca Salt
Prince
Diana Krall
Rob Zombie
Aretha Franklin
Tori Amos
Coldplay
Dave Matthews Band
Mamas & Papas
Harry Chapin
Sade
U2
Loreena McKennitt
Madonna
Natalie Merchant
my Mom & Dad (aw!)
Sascha Paeth
Miro the Hero
Robert
Ole
Ashley Peacock (The Times)
ALL THE ROCK/METAL BANDS & ARTISTS I’VE WORKED WITH:
(-After Forever
-The Story of Aina [Andre Matos, Tobias Sammet, Glenn Hughes, Michael Kiske, Sass Jordan, T.M. Stevens, Marko Hietala, Simone Simons, Jens Johansson, Emppu Vuorinen, Derek Sherinian, Candice Night, Erik Norlander, Olaf Hayer, Oliver Hartmann, Herbie Langhans, Rannveig Sif Sigurdardottir, Cinzia Rizzo, Damien Wilson]
-Asrai
-Ebony Ark
-Edguy
-Epica
-Kamelot
-Luca Turilli
-Shaaman
-Virgo, etc…)
Mieskuoro Huutajat
Jem and the Holograms
She-Ra 😉
Sheesh, this could go on forever…
SELECT DISCOGRAHY * full lengths
Amanda Somerville * In the Beginning there was… * 2000
Aina * Days of Rising Doom
HDK * System Overload * 2008
Amanda Somerville * Windows * 2009
Kiske / Somerville * Kiske/ Somerville * 2010
Trillium * Alloy * 2011
HDK * Serenades of The Netherworld 
Amanda Somerville * Conformity Challenged * 2015
Kiske / Somerville * City of Heroes

 

KILLER CONTACTS

Press Contact * Elio Bordi: elio@frontiers.it
email contact * info@amandasomerville.com

 

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