2014 Juno nominee Amanda Rheaume is a Métis singer/songwriter with a powerful voice and an instantly-accessible roots-pop-Americana sound with just a touch of grit. Her latest album “Keep a Fire”(2013), is a varied and evocative collection of mostly story-songs about her ancestors that more than lives up to the tradition of epic family-of-origin albums. Rheaume pays tribute to her Métis heritage with “Keep a Fire in the Rain,” a pulsing piece about her grandfather and Ojibway great grandmother.
Amanda’s songwriting style provides the perfect vehicle to get her narratives across. Whether she’s playing solo with just her guitar, or there’s a full band behind her, the song is invariably the attraction.
Her life as a travelling musician has taken her down many roads. Performing over 160 shows a year, Amanda has delivered her unique blend of folk-country-pop twinged tracks to audiences around the world, including the USA, Europe, Faroe Islands, Central America and more.
Amanda began releasing EPs in 2007, culminating in a fundraising Christmas collection for Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa that sold 6500 copies locally. For the past several years, she has organized Ottawa’s Bluebird North songwriter showcases and co-organized the Babes for Breasts concerts and recording projects to raise money for breast cancer. In addition, she’s performed for the troops in Afghanistan three times and raised money on tour for the families of military personnel and also won $40,000 in Live 88.5’s 2008 Big Money Shot competition.
Rheaume was shortlisted last year for the Council for the Arts in Ottawa’s RBC Emerging Artist Award. This spring, she sang the national anthems at an Ottawa Senators game.
With Keep a Fire, Rheaume is sure to attract an even grander array of accolades and opportunities.