Los Angeles, California - Singer/songwriter Amanda Abizaid describes her music as "Neo-Soul meets World." A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda Abizaid was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an American mother and Lebanese father. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in the 1990s, Amanda immediately began working with some of the best musicians on the scene and performing live with A-list musicians such as Styx drummer; Todd Sucherman, Alice Cooper guitarist; Eric Dover, Ricky Martin saxaphonist; Ron Dziubla, John Doe drummer; Bryan Head, Tom Jones bassist; Mike Mennell, and Brian Wilson vocalist; Taylor Mills, Wizard from Mother's Finest and Emmy Winning Producer Alex Wurman. She gained major notoriety when she lent her voice to "A Place in Time," the haunting theme song from Paramount's TV series The 4400, which premiered in 2004. So impressive was her vocals on "A Place In Time" Adam Buckman of the NY Post stated, "I'd like to thank Amanda Abizaid for making TV more memorable this summer." Amanda's 2010 CD release This Life garnered rave reviews from fans and music press from around the world. Brian Ball of Woman's Radio touted "This Life is the perfect half-hour escape from the boundaries of time and space altogether," and Paul Fleck, former Executive Director of Marketing of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group praised, "This Life is unquestionably Amanda's most accomplished work to date." Tapping into her early musical influences from her childhood, Amanda infuses a sensual and seductive Middle East flair to her music. This Life debuted on FMQB.com'sACQB Adult Contemporary Chart at #2 Most Added on July 27, 2010, beating out Plain White Ts, Heart, and Katy Perry.
On March 3rd, 2017 Amanda released a new EP in support of a non-profit organization that helps children get the best education possible through the betterment of existing schools, working "from the inside out." Walking In Twos, featuring the legendary Stephen Stills, is a 7-track EP including two diverse mixes of the titular song and other original songs. The Walking In Twos EP features an electronica remix of Amanda's original title track produced by Lindsay Gillis, a Los Angeles based musician and songwriter who has worked with Ron Fair, Dennis Dreith and Steve Deutsch. The Walking In Twos EP also includes five original songs: "One Love," Amanda's most recent acoustic reggae rock single, featuring bi-lingual lyrics; "Promises Of Love," a trip hop World beat track featuring Egyptian oud player Ahmed Kamal (creative singer and composer) both co-produced with Raj Ramayya (Cowboy Bebop, Beautiful Losers, Pokemon, Strawberry Hill Music) and Théo Nogueira; "Set It Up," a trip hop track featuring World flute melodies; "Lion's Den," an acoustic rock track with a touch of electronica; and "Release Me," an ambient electronic bi-lingual track co-produced with Mixman Shawn.
"Amanda is Fabulous. Really! Check this out!" - Stephen Stills
"The hard work and dedication of Amanda Abizaid shows all over this new track 'Walking In Twos'! Thank you for asking me to play on this new project. The addition of the Aeta Filipino children's voices recorded 'on site' really brought even more life to an already upbeat and spiritually uplifting song. You are truly a SAINT!" - Mark Stephen Weitz
Amanda's contribution to the betterment of society inspires and encourages her fans to respect and value all cultures through their shared love of music. The grand purpose? Create a more peaceful world society through understanding, appreciation and respect of each other. Amanda also remains an avid supporter of women in music.
In November of 2015, Amanda went on a teaching tour in the Philippines with the where she performed shows and inspired happiness to the children in the very poor areas and schools especially the Aeta, an indigenous people. Shortly after, Amanda was appointed Cultural Ambassador to the foundation to help raise awareness here in the U.S. Amanda became a board member for 4-Africa in 2013. Amanda helps raise funds through local concerts where she performs with other participating musicians of all stripes and genres. Amanda is a flautist with The American Victory Orchestra fulfilling a life-long dream to perform with a choir and orchestra.
Amanda has been a volunteer singer with the Holiday Music Making a Difference organization for five years. The organization, consisting of regular folks to Rock Stars of all eras and genres, visit and entertain at nursing homes throughout Los Angeles and Southern California during every Holiday Season.
There are countless singers who lend their voice to an infinite number of anonymous TV gigs, but Amanda Abizaid is recognized with a voice that resonates above the crowd with an adventurous spirit that makes any song to which she contributes vocals, and all of her albums, unpredictable and mesmerizing.