Amanda Markley is an incredibly talented young woman who is taking her music to a whole new level of emotional. Markley’s self-titled EP is a must-listen. Not only did we get a chance to review her latest release (which you can read here) we also got a chance to chat with the Washington native.
Lemonade Magazine: Hey Amanda! Thank you so much for chatting with us! Let’s start out by talking about how you got started in music. Originally, you were really into horse riding but then got injured. How did you find that music was a good outlet for all the emotions you went through with losing riding?
Amanda Markley: Thank you so much for chatting! I have always been close to music; I would even pretend I would sing onstage when I was younger but was always too shy and busy with horses to really pursue it. After my injury, my depression and anxiety got really bad because my whole identity had been taken away, but one thing that helped me center myself and stay calm was writing everything down in a journal. (I had also always loved writing poetry when I was younger.) When I was 16, I decided I would learn how to play guitar, but it was hard for me to practice when I didn’t know any songs, so I decided to write my own songs and practice those. I wanted to inspire others with my lyrics and putting my own heartbreak into the songs was a sort of therapy for myself as well.
LM: That makes sense as to why your music and lyrics are so emotional, does that make it difficult to perform your music live?
AM: It can get difficult, but I’ve never broken down to the point where I couldn’t continue to perform. When I perform I really feel the emotions of the song and if that gets portrayed to the audience then I’ve done my job and will feel good about it.
LM: Your recent EP proves that you live the emotions of your songs as you sing them. What is your favorite part about performing live?
AM: My favorite part would have to be getting to sing these songs and share my passion with people. I especially love seeing people react to the emotional songs because they mean so much to me.
LM: Your songs mean a lot to them, too, I’m sure! So, when you aren’t busy with music, what are you typically up to?
AM: I do still ride horses, just not as much as I did before my injury. I love doing things outdoors like hiking. Other times I can be known to binge watch some tv or play video games if I’m not out trying to get better at pool with my friends.
LM: Additionally, we understand you’re a big fan of our home team, the Seattle Mariners. How do you feel about the boys so far this season? What do you think about all the new faces on the team with management and players?
AM: I love going to sports events, and the Mariners have been great so far this year. Canó has been a great part of the team and it’s so fun and electric to go watch them play!
LM: We’d have to agree! We’re really excited for the M’s here at Lemonade, too. Speaking of our home town, what is your favorite venue in Seattle and why?
AM: My favorite venue would have to be El Corazón because I’ve played there the most and they’ve given me so many great opportunities since I’ve started performing. All the guys that work there are great too, it’s a fun experience.
LM: Awesome! Hopefully we can catch one of your shows soon! Let’s talk a bit about your self-titled EP, it’s incredibly emotional and amazing! What is your favorite part about the EP?
AM: My favorite part about this EP is that I feel like I’ve finally found my own voice and a style that fits what I want to portray to my fans. My music is a journey and this EP is a huge stepping stone to my more mature sound.
LM: What an exciting stepping stone in you career! Can we expect to hear a full length album from you in the future? What about a tour?
AM: I recently travelled to Nashville to record a couple songs with Will Pugh of Cartel, so there is definitely new material in the works. I haven’t planned any tours yet, but traveling is my favorite thing to do, so there is still hope of that happening.
LM: Fingers crossed for you! What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever received? And, if you were to return the favor to aspiring artists, what would you tell them?
AM: The best piece of advice I’ve received is to never give up. So many people get discouraged by minor setbacks but the most important thing is to keep your head held high and continue to chase after your dream with determination. I always tell aspiring artists to stay strong and be true to themselves. The world can be tough, but you have to be tougher without compromising your true self.
LM: Great advice for every walk of life! Thank you again so much for your time! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for you!
AM: Thank you so much! I’m super excited to share my music with the world.