Rising country music star Amanda Kate Ferris closes out this summer’s free Summer Beats concert series at Midlothian Community Park on August 19th. The Friday night concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on the popular series presented by Texas Health Hospital in Mansfield.
Amanda lives in Midlothian with her husband, a Midlothian police officer, and their five-year-old daughter. She performs across the country and appeared as ‘Carrie Underwood’ in the tribute band ‘Blown Away’ on E!’s ‘Clash of the Cover Bands’.
When the TV show aired last December, all the judges raved about her performance. This episode is still available to watch on YouTube.
“We actually met Carrie Underwood last year after the show aired in December. She was very sweet and just an incredible talent. I often sing her songs but I don’t think I come close to how good she is (ha ha). I just have fun doing it,” Amanda said.
Inspired by powerhouse singers including Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Dawn Sears and the newest Country Music Hall of Famers The Judds, Amanda says she was born into music and country is her calling. Her first love is Texas country music with a traditional style and 90’s country.
Following in her mom’s footsteps
As the daughter of singer-songwriter Kathy Wright, Amanda grew up watching her mother perform. Wright was an original member of the Golddiggers, first appearing on the Dean Martin TV show on NBC when she was just 18 years old. He later traveled with the Bob Hope Christmas Shows to entertain American soldiers around the world. Inheriting her mom’s love of music, Amanda began singing her mom’s original songs in church and singing professionally from the age of 14.
After a brief stint in Nashville, Amanda moved to California and took a four-year hiatus from music. During that time he got married and had a daughter. When she was asked to be the lead singer for the Country Club Band in Southern California, Amanda realized how much she had missed performing music. Bandleader Arnie Newman urged her to record an album with her mother, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. His request resulted in Amanda’s debut album Time in 2019 to critical acclaim.
“We’re going to sing some from the first album,” says Amanda. “One of my favorites is ‘Gypsy’. I wrote this with my mom and it’s about us moving around so much as kids. Now ironically I am like my mother and we move frequently. But now we’ve bought a house here in Midlothian, so I think my gypsies have passed behind me,” she added.
Amanda Kate album
Her second album, a self-titled five-track EP, was released last December. After losing her mom in 2020, Amanda wanted her next project to be light. She wrote and chose songs with her audience in mind, with country ballads like “Baby It’s You,” by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Bob DiPiero. Another highlight is “Little I Got,” an upbeat song written by Arlington singer-songwriter Maren Morris. This song reminds Amanda of traveling all over Texas to watch her mom sing in honkytonks and clubs. A song she wrote with Eli and Amy Rhodes, ‘Little Girl’, has special meaning for Amanda as it was written shortly after the birth of her daughter five years ago.
For the August 19 concert, Amanda says “We’ll have a full band. I will be flying in most of my musicians from Nashville and California for this event. We’ll probably have “Walk” or “Little I Got” from the second album. Both are really fun to sing and play with the full band.”
To enjoy more music and music videos by Amanda Kate Ferris, visit her online at amandakatemusic.com.
Her concert with Midlothian Summer Beats promises a mix of deep, soulful songs and fun, danceable tunes. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on the grass. Food will be available for purchase at the event.