Friday, May 1, 2015
When Amanda Daughtry was 7 years old she heard "Digging up Bones" by Randy Travis on the radio, she began to sing and that day she fell in love with country music. That song started her on a lifelong mission to succeed.
Amanda was born in Jacksonville, NC. Her father moved the family to Raleigh when she was 5 to expand his concrete finishing company into the triangle. Not shortly after they planted roots in the small town of Cleveland School in Johnston County, NC.
Amanda always showed charisma and a spark to entertain all and any crowd. During her younger years, her hometown was small,and there were not many places for her to perform. So, like many other young entertainers she practiced in the mirror with her hairbrush, ALL of the time! Driving her parents and siblings crazy, she was determined to have perfection.
Not alone in her musical talents, her grandmother Deannie (the oldest of eight) and most of her sibilings and their decendents are all vocally talented. During the summer she would stay with her Grandmother and attend church, where her grandmother carried a first sorprano in the church choir. She was very impressed with her talent.
Yearning for any kind of involvement with music she played clarinet in middle school band and credits those years for introducing her to music theory. During high school she was a dedicated member of honors choir. After earning her drivers license she participated in theatre and country variety shows. One of her greatest memories was singing " Pink Cadillac" for her high school pageant and dazzling the crowd with her remarkable performance,vocals and rendition of the song. Michael Mozingo a judge for the pageant, leaned back in his chair during the performance, shook his finger and smiled. She received solid 10s from each judge in each category. She won! With her bright personality she is liked and loved with her friends, family, fans, and musical community!!!
Of course she had to work, go to school, and all that Jazz. In all of her spare time, she continued to sing on variety shows, weddings, competitions, showcases, and after starting a band, she began to sing at local festivals, parties and clubs. She fit right into the musical life on the go.
She kept a full time job, continued with college, and booked and managed her own band!! To say she has passion and determination is an understatement. People took her seriously and knew when she was onstage, you couldn't touch her! Some people can sing, then some people can perform, and then Amanda Daughtry can do both and very well.
The hard blow came in 2006 when Amanda was pushing for her Nashville dreams. Her father called to say her mother had left and that he needed help with her brother, himself, and the family company. Her brother Nicholas is low functioning Autistic and requires full time watch and care. Amanda quit her job and began helping her father.
Her dad has always been very supportive of her music and her band. She currently still helps with her brother and works for her father's company. All and any spare time she performs with her band, writes music daily, and creatively works with her band to make her live performances one of a kind. Her new band flows with pizzaz and the road to success is within reach. 2012 poses a great test for Amanda! Will her amazing performance, talent, and determination move her to the top.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Tyler Hammond Band
Growing up, Tyler Hammond was destined to be a country music artist. As a child, growing up in Thomaston, Georgia, Hammond’s mother often put him to sleep by watching CMT, and his step dad constantly played the sounds of
of southern rock legends such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. He began playing guitar in high school and also sang in church in his home town. When Hammond moved to Milledgeville, Georgia to attend Georgia College and State University, he began performing gigs in the small college town. Shortly after, guitarist and vocalist for the band, Joey Hollis, also a student from GC&SU and Warner Robins, Georgia native, partnered up with Hammond to travel Georgia playing acoustic shows together.
In early 2009, Hammond collaborated with Hollis, Thomas Archer, Garrett Hughes, and Chris Franklin to form the Tyler Hammond Band. Archer, a Milledgeville native, is the lead guitarist for the band. Garrett Hughes, from Grayson, Georgia plays the drums and Chris Franklin, from Perry, Georgia originally played bass guitar with the band.
After months of preparation, The Tyler Hammond Band performed their first show in August of 2009 at Capital City in Milledgeville. Since their first performance, the band played over 100 shows in their first year together and continues to tour. In October of 2010, the band had the opportunity to open for Luke Bryan during his Farm Tour in Macon, Georgia.
Bass player, Chris Franklin, recently left the band to pursue other musical opportunities. In his replacement, the band welcomed Caleb Johnson, also a Thomaston native as bassist.
With their unique southern rock sound, the Tyler Hammond Band has successfully revamped many country music covers, as well as collaborate to release an album of their own originals.