Amanda launches Libre in the USA with new video featuring Kellylee Evans!
For her 4th album Libre Amanda Martinez called on her good friend and Canadian Juno award winning singer Kellylee Evans to collaborate.
“We had been speaking over the years about writing a song together and when I was in the process of creating Libre I called Kellylee to see if she would be interested. The next thing I knew I was on a train to Ottawa to meet her and make it happen. I remember chatting for a long time before we got down to coming up with a melody but it all ended up being part of the process as our conversation led to the lyrics. “Libérame” means free me and it speaks about freeing ourselves from fear. Often that fear is self imposed and can often come from how we think others are judging us.” explains Amanda
The two singers met in 2006 at Global Divas, an annual concert in support of St Stephens Community Centre put together by Grammy winning musician Jane Bunnett and former Executive Director of St Stephens Liane Regendanz. “We had both just put out our debut albums and were getting to know the musical community in Toronto. I remember being so blown away that Kellylee was doing all she was doing with 3 kids in tow. I never imagined I would be calling her for advice when I became a mom of 3 having had twins 6 years later”
The video was shot all in one day during the pandemic down in Ottawa at Origin Community and Arts Centre, wearing masks between shots. “I was lucky to have been funded by FACTOR for this video and we had a deadline so everyone came together to make it happen.”
The music was produced by Amanda’s longtime guitarist Kevin Laliberté and features her band- Alexander Brown (trumpet), her husband Drew Birston (bass), Rosendo “Chendy” Leon (percussion) and Osvaldo Rodriguez on violin. The video was produced and directed by Jake Roels and Adrienne McLaren
Says Kellylee “What an absolute dream to work with Amanda on this project. She’s a dynamo! Each step of the process represented growth in some way for me. I learnt so much about creativity, collaboration, perseverance and the strength of the human spirit”
Amanda agrees. “I am proud of this song and grateful for the friendship and experience behind it.” She says she has been inspired by her friend who over the years has overcome so many challenges and faced each one with determination and grace. “ For me the song represents picking yourself up again and not being afraid to reach out to one another for support.”
It’s here! Check out our new video featuring Canada’s Ballet Jörgen!
It is with great excitement that I announce the launch of our new video Estaba Cayendo! Watch here!
Estaba Cayendo launches for the first time in the USA today with CEN/Sony Orchard who will launch Libre at the end of the month! Please check it out and share!!
I had the gift of working with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen dancers who brought so much life to the music. Adrían Ramírez Juárez and Akari Fujiwara make their debut on screen with me alongside musicians Alexander Brown (trumpet) and Waleed Abdulhamid (bass & percussion) who co-wrote the song with me. The whole creative team included Emmy award winning choreographer Debra Brown, director Desh Fernando, & cinematographer Owain Parri.
The song was recorded with Waleed and Alex as well as my longtime band members Kevin Laliberté (guitar) Rosendo “Chendy” Leon (percussion) ,Drew Birston (bass) and violinist Osvaldo Rodriguez. I hope you will check it out and go to my music section to purchase the song.
Estaba Cayendo…new video coming October 2nd!
I am excited to announce that we will be launching a new video for my song Estaba Cayendo on October 2nd! Stay tuned for details…I have some very special guests featured in this video including two incredible dancers from Canada’s Ballet Jörgen! I will be introducing the beautiful dancers to you in an upcoming post as well the amazing choreographer who helped me realize my vision. It was a true dream come true to create this music and video and I can hardly wait to see the finished product and share with you! Stay tuned…
New website! :)
Welcome to my new updated site! Big thanks to Dana Whittle of Vizou for designing it! I hope you will make yourself at home here and sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already. That is the best place to keep in touch of upcoming events and news! Please drop me a line so we can keep in touch! Hope to see you this Sunday August 9 online for the Niagara Jazz Festival! Details below!
As music concerts have come to a standstill I am offering private socially distanced concerts and live streamed concerts. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can bring music to you!
TD Niagara Jazz Festival online concert this Sunday August 9th!
Please join me this Sunday for a special online concert with my husband Drew Birston. It is our anniversary and we will be serenading you with some love songs 🙂 We will also be interviewed by the lovely Juliet Dunn, Executive director for the TD Niagara Jazz Festival. Tune in on facebook!
Cinco de Mayo live stream
Thanks to all who joined us for our Cinco de Mayo concert.
You can watch the replay if you missed it!