Though Amanda Penecale enjoyed singing and writing music during her childhood, the Philadelphia native never intended to be a professional musician. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and following her college years worked as an art teacher and photographer. In 2007 after becoming a finalist in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project she began to place more energy into her music. Penecale was encouraged by members of the Philadelphia music scene, hit the open mic circuit, and released her first independent project in 2008. She was honored to play at the Bethlehem Musikfest, World Cafe Live, and was a regular opener for national acts at The Tin Angel. Opening for artists including Catie Curtis, The Good Lovelies, Justin Townse Earle, The Honey Dewdrops, Toby Lightman, and Liz Longley, Amanda continues to work hard and genuinely enjoys the community of artists she is fortunate to be among.
In 2012, she released her first full length album, Time and Tide, recorded at The Great North Sound Society in rural Maine. Her music began to get some AAA radio air play in Philadelphia and she relocated to Nashville, Tennesse in early 2015. She aligned herself with the Nashville Songwriters Association International, and began to meet other writers.
In the fall of 2016 Penecale released an album as a writer and lead vocalist of Nashville folk band, The Lost Sleep. Other members include Fiddle player Meghan Perdue, vocalist Joe Mayes, and writer/vocalist Carlin Spivey. The EP, Fools Gold, was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and the band members continue to write and play together.
Penecale has embraced the music and co-writing world of Nashville, and she is working on a new project. The upcoming project will include her new interest in the mandolin as well as several songs co-written with local songwriters. She happily lives in West Nashville, drinks tea, teaches art, and hangs out with her dog Lyra.
Photographer: Meghan Perdue
Amanda plays a Sustainable Wood Series Martin Guitar