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Six Centuries of Music.

Amanda Abizaid - Soprano


Season Joined:  Fall 2019

Birthplace/Hometown:  Beirut, Lebanon

Education/Vocal Training: I began to sing and harmonize with my four older sisters when I was five years old. I trained with private teachers and later studied voice and drama and The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I continued to study voice with Kay Kramer in Miami, FL, and Elizabeth Sabine in Hollywood. Currently, I study with Gerald White in Los Angeles.

Other Musical Training:  I began classical piano lessons at five years old, flute at ten and guitar at 35. I have also been studying songwriting for several years with Harriet Schock. Since moving to Los Angeles I have had the opportunity to study with many musicians and songwriters.

Do you make your living as a full-time musician?  When I first came to Los Angeles, I worked as a SAG session singer with music producers and several of the songs I sang were placed on TV/film. I plan to continue a SAG session singer.

Highlights of your musical career:  I sang "A Place in Time” for Paramount’s The 4400 which won an award for best theme song in 2005. I was the singing voice for Charisma Carpenter and Ally Sheedy on VH1’s Strange Frequency starring Roger Daltry. I won awards from around the world for my album Walking in Twos, which features the legendary Stephen Stills and a choir of Aeta Filipino indigenous children. I was recognized by the Lebanese Broadcast International Channel as an inspiration to Lebanese youth.

What else do you do by day? I practice Nichiren Buddhism and hot yoga. I own Rockstar Mobile Hair Salon and offer mobile hair service to clients in the comfort of their homes.

Guest appearances/Film/TV:  Giselle Toengi interviewed me for Kababayan TV about my work with the Help Philippine Schools Foundation to teach music and songwriting to children and about my job as a Cultural Ambassador for the Foundation to raise awareness and visibility for the Aeta people.

A defining moment or favorite onstage experience:  At the American Lebanese Festival in Los Angeles I performed one of my songs called “Lebanon.” Members of the Lebanese military marched up to the stage and saluted me during the performance. That was a true honor.

What are you listening to these days?  Arabic music, fusion music, world music and other styles and genres of songs that have been submitted for a Grammy.

What is your favorite thing about the MMC?  Glenn Carlos, with his kindness, his cheerful way of conducting and his youthful creativity. The energy of the singers, the professionalism, the eclectic selection of music, and the joy of singing with many singers, harmonizing to melodies and working together. It is so exciting to hear the progress from each rehearsal as we get closer to the concert.

Anything you’d like to add about yourself?  For me music is about collaborating with songwriters, musicians and singers and then sharing that art with the world. I will be going to my native country, Lebanon, to teach music and songwriting to under-privileged children for two weeks. This fills my heart with great joy. It is truly the greatest gift in my life.

www.amandaabizaid.com


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