New York native Amanda Ayala is a naturally talented pop/rock singer whose music career blossomed on one of America’s biggest stages.
She appeared as a contestant on NBC’s Emmy Award winning show The Voice. Her debut performance was a rendition of Mississippi Queen by Mountain, which turned three out of the four judges chairs.
Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton all saw Amanda as a valuable addition to their teams and competed to recruit her. The most applaudable elements of her performance noted by Shelton and Williams were her, “beautiful tone and raspy vocals.” Throughout the longevity of The Voice, Amanda got the opportunity to work with the legendary John Fogerty and grabbed attention from stars including Leslie West and Brad Paisley.
In turn for the mark she made on the show, Amanda saw her singles Mississippi Queen and Edge of Seventeen rise to the Top 100 iTunes Rock Chart, a major milestone for an upcoming artist. Even on YouTube, her take Mississippi Queen has reached over 1.2 million views on and counting.
Amanda’s strong sound and old school vibe reels in large crowds and sells out numerous venues throughout the tri-state area. To name a few of her performance locations, there’s Downtown Disney, Met Life Stadium State Fair, and the Annual Pleasantville Music Festival.
Since performing at the age of 11, she has built the skill to land gigs with many gifted bands and musicians. Amanda opened for the legendary rock group Blackfoot at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, as well as Dee Snyder and Sebastian Bach from Skid Row. On top of that, she secured a Battle of the Bands victory, featuring in the same line-up that was comprised of Grammy Award winner KT Tunstall, The Smithereens, and Guster.
Most recently Amanda was featured on the new series, Who Will Rock You? and dazzled audiences at the Cowan in Nashville, TN. Her debut pop single “Lost You” was released this past May and reached the Top 12 position on the New Music Weekly charts.
Chilled sat down with Amanda and found out what her life is like while her vocal cords are at rest.
Tell us about the projects you are working on.
Most recently I released my single “Lost You,” which has received a decent amount of radio play, and many streams. Right now, I am back in the studio writing and recording a few new songs to be released later this year. Each track is driven with passion and energy that will hopefully have people up on their feet.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
When I am not singing, I’m very interested in photography and videography. I absolutely love visual arts and making an idea in your mind come to life with what you create. I also enjoy spending time with both family and friends and making my downtime count.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
When I am in the mood for something upscale, I will make a visit to my favorite restaurant in New York City called Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. For a more local approach, I always bring my family and friends to a restaurant called I1 Forno Italian Kitchen & Bar in Westchester County. Their Penne alla Vodka is incredible.
What types of dishes do you typically order?
When I am feeling extra hungry, I will typically order a Ribeye Steak with garlic butter, but when I am in the mood for something lighter I will order a Grilled Chicken Caesar salad with no dressing. I know I’m a Plain Jane.
Any favorite bars?
My two favorite bars are in White Plains, New York. I always have a blast going to The Brazen Fox, and Hudson Grille. Both are outdoor patios where you can hang out, which is great for the summer months. If I have a Saturday where I’m not traveling or performing, I’ll go there with some friends to enjoy the night.
What drinks do you order when out?
My go to drink is vodka cranberry with lime, and then sometimes I’ll go for a Rum Runner or a Screwdriver.
Do you prepare drinks at home?
I do sometimes, I’m always running on a busy schedule, so I really appreciate when I have the chance to sit back and make drink.
Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?
Aside from my studio, my bar is one of the coolest sections in my house. My brother recently built it and we share a nice collection together. The vibe is very mellow and contemporary with warm colors that make it so relaxing. A large mirror behind the bar adds a nice touch to the room. We’ve also added some Texan elements to it after traveling and getting some great ideas. Right now, the bar is stocked with Bacardi, Belvedere, Jack Daniels, Breckenridge Bourbon, Patrón, Casamigos and an assortment of wines. Any time someone visits we always get compliments of how nice the display looks.
What’s your favorite drink?
Vodka and Red Bull is my favorite, but I’ve been trying to stay away from energy drinks! If the bars have it, I’ll ask for Breckenridge Vodka, and if not, I ask for Tito’s.
Have you ever been a bartender?
I have never been a bartender before, but one of my best friends is. Over the years she’s shown me how to make a drink or two.
If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?
Hmm, that is a tough question! There are so many people I would love to share a drink with. I would have to say, my pick would be Haley Williams from Paramore. I’ve looked up to her my entire childhood and music career. It would be a true honor if I ever had the chance to chat with her over a nice Vodka Cranberry!