Possessed of a powerful, slightly gritty singing voice and an ear for catchy melodies and instantly-accessible roots-pop arrangements, Amanda won a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year and was nominated for a Juno. Rheaume has released four albums Holding Patterns (2016), Keep a Fire (2013), Light of Another Day (2011), and Acoustic Christmas (2009).
She quickly earned a reputation around Ottawa, her hometown, as a generous community-oriented artist and leader who co-organized the Babes4Breasts concerts and recording projects; spearheaded Ottawa’s Bluebird North songwriter showcases; performed for the troops in Afghanistan three times; raised money for the families of military personnel, and sold 6500 copies of a Christmas EP in Ottawa alone to raise money for Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa.
The uplifting, inspirational quality found on Amanda Rheaume’s ‘Holding Patterns’ is the sort of mid-afternoon festival fare that fits better in the trees and the sunshine than it does in the dark recesses of a downtown dive bar — PENGUIN EGGS 2016
Rheaume has delivered her unique and soulful blend of folk-country-pop twinged tracks to audiences around the world, including Canada (coast to coast), the USA, Europe, The United Kingdon, Faroe Islands, Central America and more. She has opened for artists such as Emmylou Harris, K’Naan, Lucinda Williams, and Ani Difranco.
Her increasing success stems from her soulful ability to translate personal stories into messages, evoke a feeling of positivity, communicate the strength of those before her, and connect with her listeners.
With the release of Holding Patterns (2016) and its single “Red Dress,” Amanda continues a long history of raising money and advocating change through her work as an artist – and this time, it’s personal.
Holding Patterns is soulfully personal record at it’s core, whether Rheaume is singing a rootsy ballad or belting out a gritty kiss-off — VUE WEEKLY 2016, EDMONTON
“Rheaume’s new album, Holding Patterns is a deeply personal release for a musician not afraid to hang a couple of hardships out on the line to dry or, in some instances, be thankfully carried away by a good strong wind — OTTAWA LIFE 2016