Monday, June 27, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Amanda Marshall
I have said for many years that Canadian content regulations imposed upon Canadian radio stations do more harm than good. An artist has a hit in Canada and it gives them a false sense of security. When they are unable to break through to the US market, they get disillusioned. Amanda Marshall is one of many artists who have gone through this struggle. Dark Horse was one of her four Canadian top five hits. But she was unable to break through in the US despite being on a major label. At least Alannah Myles had Black Velvet. I mention that for a reason. Amanda Marshall was born Aug. 29, 1972 in Toronto. Her dad is a white Canadian and her mom is black from Trinidad. Amanda writes about this in her songs. Toronto blues guitarist Jeff Healey heard her in a Toronto bar and took her on tour. She signed with Metalblade Records in 1991 but that didn't work out and the contract was cancelled. Then she signed with Epic Records in 1995 and her debut CD Amanda Marshall was released. The album was produced by David Tyson who also co-produced Alannah Myles. Dark Horse reached #5 on the Canadian Singles chart and was one of four songs from the album to go top five. And the album went Diamond in Canada. But it went nowhere in the US. They tried several things including placing her songs in movie soundtracks. On her follow up albums, they had her work with big name producers like Carole King and Peter Asher. She still had success in Canada but was unable to break through in the US. Epic dropped her in 2003 and then Amanda fired her management and went through a long legal battle that prevented her from recording. She's still around and is supposedly working on a new CD. But her time seems to have passed. The Amanda Marshall CD is available as a budget release. Here's the video for Dark Horse by Amanda Marshall and you can judge for yourself.