Amanda Abizaid’s “Walking In Twos” featuring Stephen Stills is a GOLD MEDAL WINNER from GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS for Female Vocalist and Lyrics/Songwriter

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Congratulations to AMANDA ABIZAID for her GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS GOLD MEDAL in the Female Vocalist and Lyrics/Songwriter categories! This is a huge and much-deserved honor for an incredible Artist and Track!

 

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Walking In Twos, featuring the legendary Stephen Stills, is a 7-track EP including two diverse mixes of the titular song, which was inspired by Amanda’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children.  The EP also features other original songs and released worldwide on all digital platforms March 3, 2017, along with a limited physical release.  The project’s goal is to create a self-sufficient revenue stream using proceeds from the song’s downloads and streams to buy school supplies for the Aeta children of the Philippines.

 

By making state-of-the art teaching technology available, while at the same time seeing to the need for proper food and clothing, HelpPhilippineSchools.org insures a prosperous, personal and professional future for young minds in the country. Amanda is a professional singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA and she is the Cultural Ambassador to the organization. Their overall mission is to supply rural government elementary schools throughout the Philippines, beginning on Mindanao, with modern educational equipment, food and clothing. They do this by dedicating profits generated through AEGIS, and from donations by private individuals, businesses and/or institutional entities.

 

Amanda describes her music as “Neo-Soul meets World.” A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda Abizaid was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an American mother and Lebanese father. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in the 1990s, Amanda immediately began working with some of the best musicians on the scene. She gained major notoriety when she lent her voice to “A Place in Time,” the haunting theme song from Paramount’s TV series The 4400, which premiered in 2004. Amanda’s 2010 CD release This Life garnered rave reviews from fans and music press from around the world. Brian Ball of Woman’s Radio touted “This Life is the perfect half-hour escape from the boundaries of time and space altogether,” and Paul Fleck, former Executive Director of Marketing of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group praised, “This Life is unquestionably Amanda’s most accomplished work to date.” Tapping into her early musical influences from her childhood, Amanda infuses a sensual and seductive Middle East flair to her music.

 

The song “Walking In Twos” was inspired by Amanda Abizaid’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children in Haduan Village when she was abroad in 2016. “I shook hands with every child and they told me their names,” Amanda recalls. “This is how the magic of this song began.” The village of Haduan is situated in the Southeastern foothills of the Pinatubo Volcano Range, across the Secovia Lahar River Basin. Visiting the village requires walking a few miles through rugged dirt paths, crossing a wide river, and a tropical wet dirt hike through the mountains. “When I arrived at their village,” says Amanda, “I entered their little stone classroom and soon began singing to my acoustic guitar instrumental of ‘Walking In Twos’ walking in between the tables and chairs. They smiled and their eyes lit up. In their indigenous language, they yelled out how much they loved the melody, clapping joyfully and asked what it meant. That’s when I knew I was on to something special.”

 

Amanda made a strong impression on the children, and on her way home, a barefoot little girl named Lilibeth walked by her side. “Together we hiked down the mountain, crossing the unstable wooden roped bridge high over the river to the other side. We walked until we reached the paved road—the main entry of their village to civilization.” The children also made a strong impression on Amanda, and when it came time to record the song she had them sing in their native language on the chorus. “For the Aeta to agree to perform on my song ‘Walking In Twos’ is a first time event for them, and for the world to hear these children’s voices.”

 

Amanda Abizaid wrote and produced the Walking In Twos EP, and sings and plays flute and piano as well. Stephen Stills is a legendary singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He plays guitar on the title track. “To have Stephen Stills performance on the project is an amazing honor,” says Amanda, “and together with the support of the Aeta children this project is a wonderful opportunity to share and help them through music.”

 

The new Walking In Twos EP features an electronica remix of Amanda’s original title track produced by Lindsay Gillis, a Los Angeles based musician and songwriter who has worked with Ron Fair, Dennis Dreith and Steve Deutsch. The Walking In Twos EP also includes five original songs: “One Love,” Amanda’s most recent acoustic reggae rock single, featuring bi-lingual lyrics; “Promises Of Love,” a trip hop World beat track featuring Egyptian oud player Ahmed Kamal (creative singer and composer) both co-produced with Raj Ramayya (Cowboy Bebop, Beautiful Losers, Pokemon, Strawberry Hill Music) and Théo Nogueira; “Set It Up,” a trip hop track featuring World flute melodies; “Lion’s Den,” an acoustic rock track with a touch of electronica; and “Release Me,” an ambient electronic bi-lingual track co-produced with Mixman Shawn.

 

Other featured musicians on this work are bassist Mike Mennell and acoustic guitarist Lindsay Gillis.  Mike Mennell is a bassist and singer in Southern California who has been friends with and worked alongside Amanda for the past 16 years. Lindsay Gillis is a Los Angeles based musician/songwriter, survivor of numerous Southern California gigs and sessions, and collaborates with Amanda on the songwriting project “Someday Girl.”

 

Other contributions of note include MI (Musicians Institute) students performing drums under Stewart Jean, a drummer and educator based in Los Angeles, California, currently the Program Chair for Drums at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Also featured are local Buddhist children and the Aeta children from Village of Haduan, Philippines singing in their native language on the chorus, and Mark Stephen Weitz from ’60s legends Strawberry Alarm Clock performing Wurlitzer on the track. Bill Dasheill was the engineer.

 

“The hard work and dedication of Amanda Abizaid shows all over this new track ‘Walking In Twos’! Thank you for asking me to play on this new project. The addition of the Aeta Filipino children’s voices recorded ‘on site’ really brought even more life to an already upbeat and spiritually uplifting song. You are truly a SAINT!” – Mark Stephen Weitz

 

Download proceeds will go to www.helpphilippineschools.org

 

To purchase Amanda Abizaid’s Walking In Twos EP:

Pre-Order on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/walking-in-twos/id1201027283

 

For more information about Amanda or this release, please visit: www.AmandaAbizaid.com

TODAY: Amanda Abizaid at Hotel Utah! Don’t miss this!

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Please join Amanda Abizaid in promoting the release of her latest album, Walking In Twos, TODAY, October 12th, 2017. Amanda will giving a special performance at Hotel Utah Saloon. It is a night you will not want to miss! 

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 8:30pm show
Venue: Hotel Utah Saloon
Admission: $10

Amanda Abizaid Releases New Project in Support of HelpPhilippineSchools.orgWalking In Twos EP featuring the Legendary Stephen Stills. Amanda describes her music as “Neo-Soul meets World.” A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda will be performing an eclectic bi lingual set. This will truly be a night of bringing the east and west together in song. “Amanda is Fabulous. Really! Check this out!” – Stephen Stills

Don’t Miss The Amazing Amanda Abizaid at Hotel Utah in SF on 10/12!

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Please join Amanda Abizaid in promoting the release of her latest album, Walking In Twos, on October 12th, 2017. Amanda will giving a special performance at Hotel Utah Saloon. It is a night you will not want to miss! 

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 8:30pm show
Venue: Hotel Utah Saloon
Admission: $10

Amanda Abizaid Releases New Project in Support of HelpPhilippineSchools.orgWalking In Twos EP featuring the Legendary Stephen Stills. Amanda describes her music as “Neo-Soul meets World.” A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda will be performing an eclectic bi lingual set. This will truly be a night of bringing the east and west together in song. “Amanda is Fabulous. Really! Check this out!” – Stephen Stills

Join Amanda Abizaid at Hotel Utah on October 12th!

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Please join Amanda Abizaid in promoting the release of her latest album, Walking In Twos, on October 12th, 2017. Amanda will giving a special performance at Hotel Utah Saloon. It is a night you will not want to miss! 

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 8:30pm show
Venue: Hotel Utah Saloon
Admission: $10

Amanda Abizaid Releases New Project in Support of HelpPhilippineSchools.orgWalking In Twos EP featuring the Legendary Stephen Stills. Amanda describes her music as “Neo-Soul meets World.” A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda will be performing an eclectic bi lingual set. This will truly be a night of bringing the east and west together in song. “Amanda is Fabulous. Really! Check this out!” – Stephen Stills

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: Amanda Abizaid in SF October 12th!

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Please join Amanda Abizaid in promoting the release of her latest album, Walking In Twos, on October 12th, 2017. Amanda will giving a special performance at Hotel Utah Saloon. It is a night you will not want to miss! 

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 8:30pm show
Venue: Hotel Utah Saloon
Admission: $10

Amanda Abizaid Releases New Project in Support of HelpPhilippineSchools.orgWalking In Twos EP featuring the Legendary Stephen Stills. Amanda describes her music as “Neo-Soul meets World.” A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda will be performing an eclectic bi lingual set. This will truly be a night of bringing the east and west together in song. “Amanda is Fabulous. Really! Check this out!” – Stephen Stills

Amanda Abizaid Sings in Support of Schoolchildren a World Away, With Some Help From Stephen Stills

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“Musicians have an especially powerful way to use their skills to raise awareness of causes. Singer/songwriter Amanda Abizaid has released an EP in support of HelpPhilippineSchools.org, a non-profit organization that helps children get the best education possible through the betterment of existing schools, working “from the inside out.” Walking In Twos, featuring the legendary Stephen Stills, is a 7-track EP including two diverse mixes of the titular song, which was inspired by Amanda’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children.

I spoke with Amanda, and she described how the project was two years in the works. But the history goes back even further.

Robert T Wagner is a former US Marine and director of HelpPhilippineSchools.org Foundation (HPSF). His great uncle, father and uncles engaged in a casual charitable “tradition” that benefited schools in the Philippines beginning in 1901. Robert then formalized the efforts into HPSF in 2006. Amanda met Robert when she was around 7 years old, when he began dating her sister in Beirut. He has stayed in touch with the family over the years, following Amanda’s music career.

Amanda eventually visited the Philippines and came away with a strong conviction to meet, teach and inspire the kids, especially the girls. She wanted to inspire them through songwriting and help them think for themselves. “They know the American songs. They are more into copying, but I wanted to open their minds via songwriting.” She visited a few schools and discovered that basic needs like water and electricity are still barely being met. Amanda is hoping through her music the needs will get exposure, and she aims to get the water pump fixed, provide school supplies and increase the opportunities for kids to enter school.

Their overall mission of the organization (for which she is Cultural Ambassador) is to supply rural government elementary schools throughout the Philippines, beginning on Mindanao, with modern educational equipment, food and clothing.

I asked how Stephen Stills entered the equation.

“I have known him through his daughter Jennifer, and I am so happy that he wanted to play on the song. It is incredibly inspiring to have him on board. The EP evolved around that song.”

Growing up in Lebanon with four older sisters opened Amanda’s ears to many American artists, so Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young was in solid rotation. Stills has become a mentor to Amanda, and she is “very blessed to learn music and songwriting with him.”

Amanda describes her music as “neo-soul meets world.” Indeed, the tracks on the EP work well across reggae, trip-hop and electronica.

As we celebrate the 48th anniversary of Woodstock this week (where Stills and his mates had their second gig) and contemplate the political landscape, it is gratifying that the spirit of community is still present in the music scene.”

www.forbes.com

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To purchase Amanda Abizaid’s Walking In Twos EP visit: http://smarturl.it/walkingintwos

For more information about Amanda or this release, please visit:http://www.AmandaAbizaid.com

For Press inquiries contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR: (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Interviews contact Erin Cook at Jensen Communications: (626) 585-9575, erin@jensencom.com

For Digital Marketing contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

FRIDAY, JUNE 30th: Catch Amanda Abizaid at Red Poppy Art House in SF!

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Please join Amanda Abizaid in promoting the release of her latest album, Walking In Twos, on June 30th, 2017. Amanda will be joined by special guest artists Karney and The Beautiful Losers at the Red Poppy Art House. 

For more information, please visit the event’s Facebook page at: facebook.com/events/2047448358815790/

Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
Time: 7pm doors, 7:30pm show
Venue: Red Poppy Art House
Admission: $20

Amanda Abizaid Releases New Project in Support of HelpPhilippineSchools.orgWalking In Twos EP featuring the Legendary Stephen Stills. Amanda describes her music as “Neo-Soul meets World.” A gifted pianist, guitarist and flautist, Amanda will be performing with Los Angeles based guitarist Lindsay Gillis, local musicians Kimon Manolius and Jeff Herrera for an eclectic bi lingual set along with local special guests Anna Karney and The Beautiful Losers. This will truly be a night of bringing the east and west together in song. “Amanda is Fabulous. Really! Check this out!” – Stephen Stills