Amanda Somerville Interview 2011

Amanda Somerville – vocalist for Progressive Metal groups Trillium, Kiske/Somerville & Epica.Amanda Somerville with blonde hair promo photo

In this interview…

  • Amanda Somerville talks about her latest album with the band Trillium called Alloy.
  • We talk about YouTube and the visual concepts in music.

Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter and vocal coach, known primarily for her work with many European symphonic metal bands. Her voice has a wide range, however she has said herself that her tessitura is in the alto range.

Somerville has written and recorded with bands as After Forever, Edguy, Kamelot, Epica, Avantasia, Docker’s Guild. Her solo releases to date are primarily soft and elegant pop rock. Some hard rock, folk and soul music influences. Amanda herself wrote and contributed instrumentally to all of the songs on her solo albums with only one exception being “Out” from the album Windows (written by Sascha Paeth)

She collaborated with several of these metal bands alongside producers Sascha Paeth and Michael Rodenberg. Which took her to collaborate with multi-instrumentalist Robert Hunecke-Rizzo co-writing the rock opera Aina. Later on she made similar collaboration with Sander Gommans guitarist for After Forever. Providing vocals and lyrical concept for the project HDK. In 2008, she toured America with heavy metal Dutch band Epica, while the bands regular vocalist Simone Simons recovered from a staph infection.

In 2010, she collaborated with Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween singer) on a musical project entitled Kiske/Somerville. The band is a melodic metal act put together by Frontiers Records, as similar project as Allen/Lande. Songwriting and producing was made by Primal Fear bassist Mat Sinner with collaboration by guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Allen/Lande, also from Primal Fear), Sander Gommans, Jimmy Kresic and Amanda herself.

Their first single, Silence was released on August 20. Their self-titled album was released on 24 September 2010 by Frontiers Records, after the single accompanied by a music video for Silence. A music video was also made for the song “If I Had One Wish.” Somerville contributed creatively to the album by writing 3 songs featured on the album: “A Thousand Suns,” “Arise” and “Set Afire,” all co-written with Sander Gommans.