Amanda Norman Sell
Bill Scull, Jr.
Bobby K Kingston
This young British Country artist, Amanda Norman Sell has the face of an angel and the
voice to match it. Amanda's talents don't end there as she is an accomplished songwriter.
She wrote and cowrote many of the 13 songs on her wonderful album, "As Love Is My
Amanda Norman Sell was born in the far West (of
Britain) Wales and has had a typical "country" life story with all the happiness
and heartaches. She had major success at a very young age in a national talent contest as
a Patsy Cline sound-a-like. Her first album bombed when the record company didn't know
where to market her. She changed to a new recording company and did extensive touring
while recording two more albums and had great success around the country.
Then came the the biggest heartache. A car crash that left Amanda severely injured also
took the life of her mother. Amanda said, "After Mum's death I gave up singing for
quite some time and recovered from my own injuries. My dad and I plodded along with
everyday life, but it was tough. In 1996 I recorded my second album for Its Music Ltd.,
'As Love is My Witness'. My leg was still in plaster. I knew I had to be strong and make a
good job of this project for my mother's sake, this one was for her."
"As Love is My Witness" won the 1996 BCMA award for the Best British Album. In
September it gave Amanda a European Country Music Radio No 1 hit with "Ever Fallen In
Love With Someone". The song stayed in the top ten for fourteen weeks. This is still
a record for an artist not on a major record label. Track #13, "Hopeless
Wishing" is a song Amanda wrote for her mother which is beautifully sad. Even if you
didn't know the reason for the song, you can't help but be moved by it.
In 1998, Amanda became a mother herself. All of this had happened to her by the age of 22!
I've always felt that country music isn't something that anyone can fake. You have to live
it, to feel it deep within, then it's truly country. Amanda has certainly paid the
emotional dues and her heart and music is country.. even if the country she comes is
across the ocean.
As for the album itself, "As Love Is My
Witness" is very well produced. The sound quality is excellent and Amanda's band
knows how to make the music blend with her voice, not drown it out. This is an album I
would recommend to anyone, whether you like country or pop.. this album is meant to be
heard by all.
© (p) 1996 Its Music Ltd All
Insight from DJ, Alex Cullum of Boots 'n'
Saddles Radio Show
Amanda Norman Sell. This lady is a one
of a kind... when they made her... they broke the mould. I listened to her CD "As
Love Is My Witness" a couple of weeks ago... and I put her straight into the
programme. For my choice there are so many good tracks on the CD that it is difficult to
know what to leave out. I chose tracks (9) "One More Night Of Loving You" and
(10) "This is Life" because that is the sort of music that my listeners like.
For my personal choice I would choose 2, "Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You
Shouldn't Have Fallen in Love With)", 5, "I Spent a Lifetime (With You Last
Night)" and 6, "Don't Come Back This Time". As I said, for me she is
difficult... I just like her music... Alex Cullum
Amanda's album can be bought on line via
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Get more information on Amanda Norman
Contact Amanda's Manager,
16 Windrush Tower
Phone/Fax +44 1865776453
Mike Abott's British Country Music Website