A Latina country music songstress whose retro style and clean vocals garners comparisons to singers like Crystal Gayle and Kelly Willis, Amanda Cevallos grew up in Houston, Texas. Her entertainment career began as a child model for Houston’s Neil Hamil Modeling Agency at the age of 9. By the time she was 17, she was the VJ of her very own Latin-based music video show called, Mega Mix. At 19, Amanda began working as an actor represented by Houston’s premiere talent agency, Pastorini & Bosby. The majority of her jobs were voice overs, which has proved to be quite fitting. Always encouraged by her family to perform, Amanda was never shy to try something new; songwriting and playing the guitar. After two short college stints in California and Chicago, Amanda finally settled down in Missoula, Montana for a degree in Modern Dance performance. However, the guitar was a huge distraction and the music began to take sole focus. After one full-length record, Rainy Day, and an EP, Chase The Rain, Amanda completed her studies and graduated from The University of Montana in May of 2008. She then moved to Austin, TX in March of 2009.
After starting a country band in Austin, Amanda decided to visit a man by the name of James White, the owner of the most famous honky tonk in Texas. Amanda’s persistent nature, custom cowboy hat, and unique style landed her a coveted residency at Austin’s legendary honky tonk, The Broken Spoke. This new “Austinite” was honing her craft alongside some of Texas country music’s legends. She went on to nail down a few weekly spots at other honky tonks throughout the larger area , landed opening act gigs for The Derailers, Todd Snider, Rick Trevino, Susan Gibson, Django Walker & Jim Lauderdale, and was picked up by a festival in France in summer 2012. But before Amanda could get to France, she managed to grab the attention of singer/songwriter and record producer, James Hyland. They recorded one song backed by Hyland's old band, The South Austin Jug Band called, “Good For Nothing But Each Other.” The artistic chemistry was perfect between Hyland and Cevallos, and the two agreed they were ready to make the whole album together. Recording began in late January and went on through spring 2012. Special guests on the album include Texas music hard-hitters such as Lloyd Maines, Earle Poole Ball, Stephen Doster, Redd Volkaert, Dale Watson and a Texas Tornado by the name of Augie Meyers. With a list like that, and packaged with Amanda’s witty lyrics and sultry old country style, you’ll find a new Texas treasure titled, “I’ll Never Honky Tonk You.” Amanda’s cowboy hat is featured on the cover along with a sassy pose that introduces you to Austin’s lovable, up and coming, honky tonk girl.
In The Summer of 2013 while on tour in France, Amanda formed her new band, Amanda Cevallos & The High Hands, and after two tours to New York City, a year of shows at The Broken Spoke and a trip to Spain & France, they decided it was time to make an EP as a band in, August of 2014. With 6 weeks to prepare, get the funds and book some studio time, they picked out the songs, had tow rehearsals, and went it to EAR ( East Austin Recording) with James Hyland producing again! He said this record was more of a director job for him. He played guitar and let the band do their thing. It was perfect! What started off as a 5 song EP recording, was going so well, that Amanda decided to pick a few more original tunes and make this EP a new album. All the while everything they were doing in the studio was tailored to the High Hands putting the album on VINYL. The album has a classic sound that can't be denied. Give it one listen and you will see. Got Me Where You Want Me will be released on September 1st of 2015. Get your copy now!
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