Singer/songwriter Amanda Garrigues will perform live in concert on the
campus of Bluefield College, Tuesday, October 8 at 9 p.m. as part of the
school1s musical Coffeehouse Series.
Born in the southern, college town of Gainesville, Florida, Garrigues
has performed music since she was a little girl. She absorbed her love of
music first through her father, an accomplished guitarist. Her family
attended church every Sunday, where the traditional hymns of the church
choir in which she sang further inspired her to create and perform her own
While a student at the University of Florida, she met and played with
other musicians and formed the progressive folk band Big Shoals Tract. In
her two years as singer/frontwoman for Big Shoals Tract (BST), Garrigues
established herself as one of the most popular and endearing women in the
Gainesville music scene. Not long after, she decided it was time to focus
more on her own songwriting and guitar playing, so she left BST to go solo.
Garrigues1 debut CD “Spirit Act” was released in the fall of 1998, and
her second CD, “Groundswell,” followed in 2000. Since that time, she has
toured the South and Northeast consistently, sharing the stage with such
artists as Jonathan Brooke, Michelle Malone, Iris Dement and Ferron. Her
credits include receiving an honorable mention for the Indie Band Search
2001 and being a semi-finalist in the E.A.R.S. Talent Showcase in New York
City this past March.
Touring breeds a seasoned performer, and Garrigues has put her fair
share of time on the road. She has performed at Nashville1s NEA
Extravaganza, the Atlantis Music Conference, NEMO, Cutting Edge of the
Campfire in Boston, and the Rockrgrl Music Conference in Seattle.
“Through hard work and shameless self-promotion, I’ve tried to establish
myself as a strong musical presence,” she said. “I’ve been extremely
fortunate to have a lot of support from the Gainesville scene, the press and
Garrigues’ finely crafted acoustic songs reflect an honest maturity that
rarely rears its head in the work of most modern pop rock artists, according
to Lou Probes of the Independent Florida Alligator newspaper. “Purging
intense emotion,” he says, “her songs run the gamut of themes and styles,”
evolving from innocence to rebellion, solitude to strength. Her songwriting,
he adds, “emances a soft-spoken sophistication perfected through years of
introspection in honing her craft.”
Garrigues will perform for the Bluefield College Coffeehouse beginning
at 9 p.m. in the school1s Student Activities Center, Shott Hall. The event
is open and free to the public. For more information, please contact the BC
Office of Public Relations at 276-326-4212.