Hi Amanda, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been really good! Thank you for having me – I’m getting excited for the holidays.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Barefoot¨?
A year and a half ago, I traveled to Nashville to co-write songs and get a new project started. At that time of year, all of Tennessee was green – no patch of brown or gray, unlike my usual California scenery. Every time I looked out a window, I wanted to go running through those green forests, barefoot. Strange, I know! I went to a co-writing session with Dave Tough, and I told him about my dream and how freeing that would feel. We both felt connected to that sentiment and “Barefoot” was born. It’s all about the freedom and carefree attitude that we experience as children, and hopefully this song makes listeners remember those times.
Did any event in particular inspire the song?
Just those beautiful green forests of Tennessee. I can picture them, in great detail, in my head to this day – they had that much of an impact on me. I never knew plants and trees could ever get that green!
How was the film experience?
So much fun! We shot in Julian, CA, and it was a blast getting to traipse through the forest – barefoot, of course, which made my director, Candice Knutson, very nervous!
The single comes off your new EP We Dance We Run – what´s the story behind the title?
It’s a lyric from the chorus “Barefoot” actually. This EP has such an emotional range from super happy and carefree, to reflective and somber that this title just made sense. Call it a gut feeling. We dance for the happy times, and we run from whatever scares or haunts us. That’s what the EP is all about.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was the very best kind of hard work. Writing these songs made me get to a place of vulnerability that at first I wasn’t comfortable with, but now hearing how these songs touch people, makes me proud of the risks I took with my co-writers and producer. Recording the EP pushed me and my voice to new places I didn’t know I could go to. I remember when I first recorded “Barefoot”, the chorus was a little hard for me to sing, but now that I’ve performed that song so much, I could sing it in my sleep. This EP has made me grow as a person and a performer, so I’m very grateful for that.
As a Country artist, what would you say have been the PROs and CONs of the popularity the genre has been gaining lately?
A huge pro is that country music is becoming more worldwide. You don’t have to be from the South to enjoy it! Another pro is that more festivals and opportunities for country artists are appearing. I suppose one con is that the guys of country music are taking it over. There are so many female country artists that are amazing but don’t get the same chances as the male artists. C’mon girls! We can do this!
Any plans to hit the road?
There’s a pretty big chance that I’ll be getting my tonsils out at the end of January 2016, yikes, so not right now. I would absolutely LOVE to be on the road, but these tonsils of mine should’ve been out years ago, and it’s time.
What else is happening next in Amanda Lamb´s world?
Holy cow, well, I’ll be in Nashville on December 8th to be on ZUUS TV and their Live on the Couch series – which is absolutely surreal!! And I’m getting started on my next project so be sure to look for that!