Artist Name Name: Amanda LaPointe
I’m From: Sarasota, FL originally
My Social Media Links: Www.instagram.com/amandalapointe79
Twitter @asp19791 or @mp31979
“I wanted to be a singer all my life,” said the artist.
“It’s all I can remember. When anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, that was my answer. They would look at me funny and say ‘noooo what do you really want to be?’ By the time I could talk I was putting together shows on my record player to the vinyl Bullfrogs and Butterflys for my parents and Grandparents, and in school and church I was in every talent show or singing event I could get my parents to bring me to.
“At 15, I was one of 2 white girls in an all-black traveling choir. We had to audition to get it. This was all I’d ever wanted. My parents were extremely overprotective of me. So the day I turned 18 I moved in with my future ex-husband and he told me…’if you follow your dreams ill divorce you and take everything.’ So I pushed my dreams to the side and tried to write greeting cards…unsuccessfully.”
“After 10 years the mental and physical abuse got to me. I felt like I was useless to everyone and it would be better off if I was gone. So I tried to kill myself. My best friend saved me that night and she took me to the hospital. I was there for 8 days. I was not deemed crazy! Just in a bad situation I couldnt find my way out of,” she continued.
“So I promised everyone that I would never do that again and started writing long poems to vent. About my life, love…basically my diary in poetry. A woman from SC contacted me on fb in 2010. I sang her one of my poems. She told me to get my ass in a studio and I never looked back. It was hard work finding a studio that would take a 28 year old newbie…so I had to go thru some work just to find one and get in. Once there, I was in love. With the music, the process, everything involved…my dream was coming true…but now I had mega stage-fright to conquer. Which after quite a few years I managed to do that…I had a few hard moments after going thru the motions of people telling you you’re not good enough or even that you dont look good enough so I wrote a motivational song for me.”
“I called it ‘I’ma Be Strong. I released it over to the indie euro charts where it swiftly climbed the ladder of 200 up to number 9 in less than 3 months. It stayed on the charts for 86 weeks and I started getting emails thanking me for writing this song…people saying I saved their lives, etc. This was the moment I knew that this was exactly what I was supposed to be doing. So I kept on writing, recording, spending thousands of dollars I couldnt afford to make my music better and better.”
“So here we are today, 12 years or so later. I currently have worked with the 69 Boyz, in Orlando I’ve collaborated with artists all over the world. And at the ripe age of 41, I look and feel amazing. I’m excited my music is catching on. I was put in an article in the April edition of Brevard Live and labeled the biggest DIY artist the columnist has seen in a very long time. This is a paper printed magazine and also online. I did not ask or even pay for this. I put 5 songs on Distrokid to release because I hadn’t made any money on my music yet. Well…now a whole school of 9 year olds in Deerfield Beach, FL singing my hit baby no more.”
“I have 35-year-olds messaging me singing my songs back to me and I believe that I have a mission to tell the world that following your dreams is the answer to happiness. It will completely satisfy your every need and no matter how hard times get…keep pushing. You have a story that needs to be finished before you can tell it to inspire someone else for success. My dream has come true….but I want the whole world to know this. I am a huge suicide awareness advocate and want to start hospitals around the nation for people who have dreams but have given up. My name is Amanda LaPointe. Welcome to my world.
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