A distinctive Latin / Jazz artist, Amanda Martinez brings flair and variety to each and every one of her songs. Her sound is a blend of musical influences, including flamenco inspired rhythms, Afro-Cuban beats and Mexican folk music. The Toronto based singer - songwriter records her albums almost entirely in Spanish, but most of her fan base is English speaking, her first language.
Martinez’s sophomore album Amor, which was released in 2009, is a collection of songs she wrote while pregnant with her son Leo. The album hit number one on the iTunes World Music Chart in 2009, and has been consistently included as one of the Top 10 albums on the iTunes World Music Charts throughout 2010. Produced by George Seara (Holly Cole, Herbie Hancock, Sting), who also co-produced her debut album Sola (2006), the album features Martinez’s longtime collaborative musical partners, Kevin Laliberté (guitar), Drew Birston (bass), Rosendo “Chendy” Leon (percussion) Alexander Brown (trumpet) and Osvaldo Rodriguez (violin) whom she credits her eclectic fusion of sound. The album also features new flavours from guests Kevin Fox (cello), Robi Botos (piano) and Tom Szczesniak (accordion). Last fall while touring in support of the album, Martinez sold out Toronto’s 1100 seat Koerner Hall, at the Royal Conservatory in addition to performing to a full house at New York’s Bluenote Jazz Club.