Hi, I'm Amanda Abizaid and I am I'm best known for the theme song “A Place In Time” from The 4400 and other networks such as Lifetime, WB, CBS and NBC. I have 20 years of experience working in Hollywood, CA. so you've probably heard my voice already. I look forward to seeing if I might be a good fit for your song. Let's make some music together!
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, model and actress; these are just a few of Amanda's many given talents. Amanda is best known as the captivating vocalist on the theme song "A Place In Time" from Paramount's The 4400,the featured song "Dreams in Ashes" from Lifetime Television's Odd Girl Out, as well as other lead vocal appearances in songs appearing in Smallville, Ed, One Tree Hill, Felicity, and Charmed. Amanda also composed and sang movie theme songs for 3 Below, 13th Alley, and the independent short film, Facing the Lion, by writer/director, Joe Plonsky, executive producer, Scott Spiegel, where she also stars. Amanda is also exceptional with backgrounds and harmonies. Amanda's contribution to the betterment of society inspires and encourages her fans to respect and value all cultures through their shared love of music. The grand purpose? Create a more peaceful world through understanding, appreciation and respect of each other. Now as Cultural Ambassador for www.helpphilippineschools.org, Amanda raises money and travels every year to teach songwriting to the children of the Philippines.
Vocal styles: Americana, adult contemporary, pop rock, pop, singer songwriter, sultry, haunting, soulful, pop country, folk, blues.
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Interview with Amanda Abizaid
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Of course the most exciting time was for Strange Frequency the MTV TV Series starring Ally Sheedy and Roger Daltrey from The Who. I was the singing voice for All Sheedy and Charisma Carpenter and it was fun to sing the songs and then watch them lip-syncing to my voice live on TV. That was an out of body experience and super fun!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on getting new clients around the World while I work on my live shows and new songs for my next album. I will however always be available to sing on a clients song. I always love to do this and is how I started professionally in the business so it's love affair I have with other writers poetry to music
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: digital because it's available, less time consuming and costs less to record
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that you will LOVE my vocals and that it is what you were imagining you would here on the song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The vocal melody and adventure of every story being told.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What's your vocal range and do you think you can give me this kind of sound. I give an honest answer and will say if I am not the right fit for your recording. I want the customer to be happy. It's their baby they are entrusting me with.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it doesn't take much time to record.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's the song about. What kind of vocal are you hearing? Do you want harmonies and backgrounds?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure to give me your track as complete as possible as far as the instrumentation and quality of the recording and engineering. I need to be able to hear what you are saying from your recording to give you the right vibe of the vocals.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: vocal mic, amp with reverb and effects and my flute
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been singing all of my life and have been a professional artist in Los Angeles for the past 20 years. This is my profession and I plan to continue to inspire peace and happiness to all of my fans through my voice and music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have a natural and honest way of singing. I can feel what I am singing in my soul and if it doesn't feel sincere and I don't get chills when I record a take then I know I don't have it yet. I don't stop until I get that feeling of love and completeness inside. Wheh I sing I invite you to come along with the story as if it were yours alone.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Peter Gabriel, Sting because of their love for world peace and humanity. They are authentic in their lives and music. I've always been a fan since their bands The Police and Genesis. :)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be prepared when you go in to the studio so that you can focus on the work and the mood of the recording and most importantly stay off your iphone because that will take you right out of the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: singer songwriter, folk, love songs, mid-tempo, moody, haunting melodies, pretty ethereal melodies, natural singing where the lyrics lend to the honesty of the song.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Harmonies and lead vocals. I am the Queen of harmonies. This is the first way I learned how to sing and I wanted to sing so badly that I learned how to fit in the song with other singers so it comes very naturally to me and i LOVE doing it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my strong, intimate, haunting vocals to your songwriting. I have sang many sessions for my own songs and other artists for TV and film and am very fast in the studio. I always do my very best on each recording. I don't settle for anything less for myself or any other song I am asked to sing. It is a true honor to sing another persons words to music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I work with a producer that lives close to me. He is always ready and available to record together.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work with a producer who has his own studio close to my home so it's easy to hope over and do the recording and mix to your song. It's just him so there is no hassle.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Ann Wilson, Sara Barreilles, Sia,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: lead vocals and harmonies, background vocals on their songs