Rising country music star Amanda Kate Ferris wraps up this summer’s free Summer Beats concert series at Midlothian Community Park on August 19th. The Friday night concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the popular series presented by the Texas Health Hospital in Mansfield.
Amanda lives in Midlothian with her husband, a Midlothian police officer, and their five-year-old daughter. She performs across the country and appeared as “Carrie Underwood” in the tribute band Blown Away on E!’s Clash of the Cover Bands.
When the television show aired last December, all the judges raved about her performance. This episode is still available on YouTube.
“We met Carrie Underwood last year after the show aired in December. She was very sweet and just an incredible talent. I often sing their songs, but I don’t think I’m anywhere near as good as them (haha). It’s just fun for me,” Amanda said.
Inspired by dynamic singers like Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Dawn Sears and recent Country Music Hall of Famers The Judds, Amanda says she was born into music and that country music is her calling. Her first love is Texas country music with a traditional flair and ’90s country appeal.
Follow her mother’s path
The daughter of singer-songwriter Kathy Wright, Amanda grew up watching her mother perform. Wright was a founding member of the Golddiggers and made his debut on NBC’s Dean Martin TV show when he was just 18 years old. She later traveled with Bob Hope’s USO Christmas shows entertaining American troops around the world. Amanda inherited her mother’s love of music and began singing her mother’s original songs in church, and singing professionally at age 14.
After a brief stint in Nashville, Amanda moved to California and took a four-year hiatus from music. During this time she married and had a daughter of her own. When Amanda was asked to be the lead singer for Southern California’s Country Club Band, she realized how much she had missed performing music. Band leader Arnie Newman urged her to record an album with her mother, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. His request resulted in Amanda’s critically acclaimed debut album Time in 2019. The deeply personal album features songs written by her mother, some of which she plans to perform at the Midlothian concert.
“We’re going to sing some from the first album,” says Amanda. “One of my favorites is ‘Gypsy’. I wrote this with my mom and it’s all about how we move so much as kids. Ironically, I’m just like my mother and we move around a lot. But now we’ve bought a house here in Midlothian so I guess my gypsy days are behind me,” she added.
Amanda Kate Album
Her second album, a five-track self-titled EP, was released last December. After losing her mother in 2020, Amanda wanted her next project to be light-hearted. She wrote and selected songs with her audience in mind, including country ballads like “Baby It’s You” by Bob DiPiero of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Another highlight is “Little I Got,” an upbeat song written by Arlington singer-songwriter Maren Morris. This song reminds Amanda of traveling all over Texas to watch her mother sing in honkytonks and clubs. A song she wrote with Eli and Amy Rhodes, “Little Girl,” holds special meaning for Amanda because it was written shortly after her daughter was born five years ago.
For the August 19 concert, Amanda says, “We’re going to have a full band. I will be flying most of my musicians in from Nashville and California for this event. We’ll probably have “Walk” or “Little I Got” from the second album. Both are really fun to sing and perform with the whole band.”
To enjoy more of Amanda Kate Ferris’ music and music videos, please visit her online at amandakatemusic.com.
Their Midlothian Summer Beats concert promises a mix of deep, soulful songs and fun, danceable tunes. Concert-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on the lawn. Groceries can be purchased at the event.