Like millions of little girls everywhere, my first stage was my living room, and my first audience was my parents. Their laughter and applause showed me that I could bring joy through entertainment, and my passion for performing began. I’m Amanda Vernon, a singer, pianist and composer of what I like to call, “soulful pop” music.
Growing up in Grand Rapids as the oldest of seven children, I began singing publicly at age five, playing piano at seven, and writing songs at eleven. I have independently released four full-length recording projects, been a regular guest on EWTN global television/radio, and had the opportunity to sing and play across the U.S. and in six foreign countries (including the 2008 and 2011 World Youth Days in Sydney, Australia and Madrid, Spain).
Three years ago, I married my best friend, David Shaheen; we now have two beautiful babies under the age of two! I am currently working on a new recording project (“Interior Gaze” to release in 2013. Someday, I hope to go on a world tour with my family. For now, I am thrilled to be back home performing again in Grand Rapids, where I first began this journey.