Internationally acclaimed, bilingual singer/songwriter and 2021 Houston Chronicle “Musician of the Year,” Amanda Pascali was born in Queens, New York, and is based in Houston, Texas. Pascali, whose music has been described as “an auditory passport,” has performed internationally, from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to packed houses in Italy, Romania, and across the Eastern hemisphere. Accompanied by classically trained multi-instrumentalist Addison Freeman and the rest of her band, Amanda Pascali is not only a powerful poet with an angelic voice but an unstoppable force.
With a father who was thrown out of his home country for rebelling against the government, Amanda was driven from a young age to be a messenger of her family’s stories and diaspora. As the rising voice of America’s most ethnically diverse generation of young people, 25-year-old Pascali writes songs that speak to the experience of growing up as a first-generation American. Amanda’s music, now coined, Immigrant American Folk delivers a powerful narrative on being- “too foreign for here, too foreign for home, and never enough for both”.
In the Spring of 2022, she was an Artist in Residence at Sawyer Yards Winter Street Studios in Houston where she pioneered the Other Side project; an initiative to highlight the stories and contributions of Houston’s immigrants in all artistic disciplines. Her new EP, The Messenger (July 2022) serves as an honest look into the life and childhood of a girl destined to put the unconventional stories of America in the spotlight. She serves on the board of the music-activism non-profit Music to Life started by Noel Paul Stookey, of the 1960s civil rights folk band “Peter, Paul and Mary” and his daughter. In 2022-2023, she translated and revitalized the Sicilian folk songs of the late activist-singer Rosa Balistreri as a Fulbright Fellow and ambassador endorsed by the US State Department and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.<
One of Houston’s most acclaimed and promising young songwriters.” – Jesse Sendejas (Houston Press)
Pascali paints a visceral portrait of the immigrant experience; deftly cloaked in old-world style.” – Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary)