Artist Spotlight: Amanda Rey & West Street Blues Band

Amanda Rey & West Street Blues Band formed in August of 2011 in the “heat” of Northwest Arkansas’ patio season, a group dedicated to providing great blues sounds for a fast growing fan base in the local bar scene.

Fronting the band are the powerhouse vocals of Amanda Rey, a Memphis born, Delta raised singer/songwriter, bringing a decidedly modern twist to original traditional blues, soul, funk and R&B.

As International Blues Challenge 2015 competitors, our mission is simple: To keep the blues alive.

Amanda Rey was born in Memphis, TN and spent most of her youth in between family homes in Holmes County, Mississippi and Washington County, Arkansas (Fayetteville) finally making the Ozark area her permanent home in 2003. Performing from a very early age in church and piano recitals, music always has been her passion and drive. Influences include Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Stevie Nicks, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Ray Charles.

Amanda is backed by a rhythm section that can only be described as intense, and as a group, the band is dedicated to delivering only their best with ech performance. The blood, sweat and tears that forged the music that flows is very real and apparent as Amanda lays every emotion on the stage with her soulful voice.

Amanda Rey & West Street Blues Band are 1 of 13 bands from around the world to be showcased on Beale Street during IBC 2016 in the Women in Blues Showcase.

“The blues is our way of life. We eat, sleep, drink and live the blues. It moves us all the way down to our souls and it is our mission to keep our genre alive.”

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