Former American Idol star and current Indianapolis music icon Amanda Overmyer wasn’t always a rising star in Hollywood and around the United States. After graduating from Ivy Tech Community College with a nursing degree, she began a successful nursing career in Indiana, her beloved home state. It’s true, for years she had been a lover of music; she was in a band as a teenager, grew up on her father’s love of classic rock and country, and was a professionally trained singer. But it wasn’t until the no-risk opportunity of American Idol came up that Amanda began to take her talent seriously.
|Video of Amanda Overmyer, an Indianapolis musician, performing “I Hate Myself For Loving You” on American Idol|
Amanda Overmyer has always had Indiana in her heart. Though she was born in Arkansas, she spent a great deal of her life growing up in the Hoosier state. She went to high school in Delphi, lived in Camden, and graduated with a nursing degree from Ivy Tech, the largest community college in Indiana. She even began her musical career in Lafayette, home of Purdue University and only an hour northwest of Indianapolis. Amanda Overmyer does her home state proud with her powerful singing, forceful songwriting, and dedication to her own personal creative vision.
Amanda Overmyer grew up listening to her father’s records, namely Journey, Bon Jovi, and other classic rock acts. She states on her MySpace page that her current music is a reflection of “what I grew up with, what I love, and what I have learned.” Similar to other Indianapolis bands like Sally Anthony, Andrew Young, and The Why Store, Amanda Overmyer doesn’t succumb to the whims and needs of the corporate hit generating machine. She chooses to write her own songs, both lyrically and musically, and this allows her to pursue her own unique vision.
|Video of Amanda Overmyer, an Indianapolis musician, auditioning for American Idol|
Overmyer’s one of a kind voice, a successful channeling of Pat Seger, Janis Joplin, and John Fogerty, catapulted her to national acclaim with her 2008 run for the American Idol top spot. Though she only reached 11th place in the competition, her vivacity and powerful vocals led to appearances on national television shows like The Ellen Degeneres Show and Live With Regis and Kelly. Shortly after her elimination from American Idol, Overmyer bounced right back with the release of her debut album, Solidify.
Solidify was recorded in Amanda Overmyer‘s home state of Indiana, and it definitely has a strong “down home” feel to it, blending elements of the blues, country, hard rock, and classic rock that commonly populates Indianapolis radio stations. Solidify is completely an Amanda Overmyer record: there were no other writers or co-writers besides Amanda herself, a sterling accomplishment in a world where most pop musicians have their songs written for them. The album was released on Amanda’s own label, Chile Records, and instead of hiring industry standard studio musicians, Overmyer chose to use long time friends and accomplices from her home state. Solidify is, without a doubt, Amanda Overmyer’s record.
|Video of Amanda Overmyer, an Indianapolis musician, being interviewed and performing on the Ellen Degeneres Show|
Currently, Amanda Overmyer is on tour in support of Solidify, playing in cities in Indiana and around the nation. In Indiana, she is slated to play in Evansville, Lafayette, Oxford, Tipton, and Edinburgh. She has also played at many Indianapolis music venues and Indianapolis bars, including 8 Seconds Saloon. Though she is relatively new to the international stage, Amanda Overmyer is sure to make the Indianapolis music scene proud of their own hometown girl.
For more information on Amanda Overmyer, including upcoming tour dates, song samples, and merchandise, please visit the singer’s homepage.
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