Amanda in the Music Roundup of the Meriden Record-Journal

Published: July 11, 2014 | Last Modified: July 11, 2014 05:02PM
By Eric Vo Record-Journal staff

Connecticut native Amanda Kaletsky will headline a show in Hamden with Toby Lightman at The Ballroom July 18.

Kaletsky’s music has been characterized as “blues inspired love songs to power-drive pop hits,” according to her biography on her website. She considers Joni Mitchell and Carole King influences for her music.

In a review by Relix Magazine, the publication found Kaletsky’s music “finds a middle ground between New York’s homey downtown clubs and the polish of Top 40 Radio.” To date, she has released three full-length albums and her song “Everything Lies” — from her second EP, “Between You & Me” — was featured on MTV’s “The Hills.” Her music was also featured on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and MTV’s “True Life.”

Connecticut native Amanda Kaletsky will headline a show in Hamden with Toby Lightman at The Ballroom July 18.

Kaletsky is an alumna from the University of Delaware, where she majored in music. She was selected by British rock band, Coldplay, to open for them during the group’s show in Hartford Aug. 2, 2008. She was well received by the crowd during her opening set, according to Coldplay’s website.
“Now all of the local opening acts have been good, but it’s unusual to get such unanimous glowing praise from roadies,” the website states.

Lightman, who is from Cherry Hill, N.J., has also performed with well-known acts throughout the tenure of her career. She has performed with OAR, Rob Thomas, Jewel, Gavin DeGraw, Train and Prince.

Music critics have compared Lightman’s style to that of Mary J. Blige, Nelly Furtado and Lauryn Hill.

Kaletsky and Lightman will perform at The Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Friday. Tickets are $15 or $13 in advance.

Where has Amanda been?

Many people have asked me over the last year or so why I haven't been playing as many shows, or released any new music. And now, I'm excited to share what I've been up to!

This past weekend, I received my MBA in Marketing from Quinnipiac University. I've been busy studying and working a full-time job for a wonderful non-profit for the last few years, and I'm so excited to have the hard work finally pay off.

I'll be taking the summer to regroup, refresh, and decide what's next, but look for more shows in the Fall and stay in touch on Facebook.

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God Bless America @ the NY Mets

I've had the honor of singing the National Anthem for my New York Mets a few times over the last few years, but on Sunday, April 6th, I got to live out one more dream by singing God Bless America during Opening Weekend. Check out the video below.

A huge "thank you" to the staff and crew at Citifield for the opportunity, and for being some of the friendliest people I know.

Let's Go Mets!

Kick Off 2014 with the New York Islanders

Hey Islanders fans, join me Thursday, January 2nd at Nassau Coliseum to hear me sing the National Anthem for my favorite New York Islanders vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. Excited to sport my brand new custom Islanders jersey for the occasion! Check out details by clicking here (will open in Facebook).

Can't make it to the game? Listen in!