Thank you! I have been really good, I’m glad that my EP is out and people are getting to finally hear it!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cold”?
Cold is one of my favorite songs that I’ve recorded. I especially love performing “Cold” live because I get to really connect to the lyrics emotionally and put my whole heart out there on the stage.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
This song was a collaboration written by my good friend Matt Bacnis. I identify with the lyrics of this song more at this time in my life because, last August my boyfriend of over 3 years broke up with me, so when I sing these lyrics it really hits home and I feel real emotion.
How was the film experience?
Filming this music video was fun because I love creating visuals for my music. I had worked with Jared Hole on the original “Cold” music video, and I got to also work with Noah Martin for this stripped down version.
What led you to do a stripped down version of the track?
The lyrics in this song really deserve to be heard. I wanted to do a version that focused more on the raw emotion of the song so that people could really hear the words and sadness behind them.
Why piano and no guitar?
A lot of my songs are piano driven, “Cold” being no different. Matt did a beautiful job of playing piano for this song on the record and I fell like it helps set the mood of the song while not overpowering my voice.
How was the recording and writing process?
I recorded this version of “Cold” over a year after the first version was done. When I went to record the vocals for this stripped down version, I had gone through a really tough breakup just a couple months beforehand, so I pulled emotion from that, even shedding a few tears in the studio.
What was it like to work with Will Pugh and how did that relationship develop?
Working with Will has been amazing so far. He is an amazing producer and really great guy, and I can’t wait to work on some more music with him. I was introduced to Will initially through his manager and didn’t meet him until I was in Nashville to record with him, but he was super easy to get along with and I was really comfortable in the studio with him.
How much did he get to influence the album?
I have a clear vision of how I want my new music to sound, but I am always open to advice, especially from people like Will who have so much experience in the industry, and he had some great ones for the new stuff!
How’s your new EP coming along?
I’m taking my time with my new music and really making sure it’s how I want to be heard.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I can’t give away any dates at this time, but I just wrote a song for the EP that is called “Exposed.”
Any plans to hit the road?
I don’t have any plans as of now, but I am pretty addicted to traveling so I’m sure I’ll be back out there soon.
What else is happening next in Amanda Markley’s world?
I have been traveling at any opportunity. I went to Ireland earlier this year with my dad, and that’s my favorite place. I also got to go to Mexico for the first time with my friend Chloe, who sang harmony on my song “Fire,” and it was an amazing experience. Fun fact: I studied Spanish for 6 years! I also have still been training with my horse in Grand Prix show jumping and I’ll be going to a few competitions this summer.