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The Nash New Artist Interview: Amanda Kate

Amanda Kate’s influences range from Faith Hill to Carrie Underwood; she even says that Wynonna Judd was practically in the car when she was riding with her mom. Her biggest inspiration though came from inside her own house.“I would say my biggest influence was my mom. My mom was also a singer-songwriter,” Kate tells us.

Kate grew up in New Mexico and listened to country music from the ‘90s which eventually turned into her own source of motivation within her own sound. “The soundtrack that’s going on in the back of my head most of the time is that super twangy, ‘90s country,” she explains. Her mother was singer Kathy Wright and Kate grew up watching her perform; she was even put on stage with her mom while she performed at one-month-old. Pursuing music was nearly a rite of passage for Kate as she states confidently, “I knew music was gonna be it for me.

Over the past few years, Kate has released original music and starred on the Jimmy Fallon-produced show Clash of Cover Bands with her Carrie Underwood tribute band. “I’ve been doing this professionally since I was 14, you know, I’m 34 now, it’s been a long time,” she exclaims. “But now, there’s just been some incredible opportunities that I think if you would’ve told me at 24, ‘You’re gonna have to wait another 10 years before something happens,’ I would’ve been like, ‘Yeah right, I’m quitting.’ But I’m so happy that I’ve stuck with it and that the dream is still very much alive and I get to do what I do.”

In 2019, she put out a full-length record titled TIME that came from the feelings of life she was processing after her mother’s lung cancer diagnosis. The title and meaning of the record as a whole are circled around taking advantage of each day we have. But now, Kate is ready to begin a new chapter as an artist. “My last album was very personal, it was dedicated to my relationship with my mom,” Kate tells us. “The album TIME was very much for me. It was very much for my mom. And this EP, I wanted something that could be for the listener.”