About Mandy

Amanda Long

The Voice of an Angel”…… A compliment that has been attributed to Mandy continually since she began singing at the age of 9 by all those who hear her voice.  Mandy has a uniquely pure voice with a great vocal range that is capable of covering all music genres from R&B through to country ballads and on to Stage and Screen.

Having been continually serenaded (very badly) by her parents as a baby, her amazing voice was discovered quite unexpectedly when she picked up a karaoke microphone at Xmas in 2003 and she hasn’t stopped singing since under the guidance of some very accomplished tutors, including Rene’ Mercuri who had a big influence on her young voice and Neil Corey who developed her vocal range and  technique . Her voice continues to develop and she has lost none of the pure voice that has entertained many over the past years.

Growing up in the small northern Riverina town of Ardlethan, NSW doesn’t provide the many opportunities that those in larger towns and cities can access so it was regional talent quests, eisteddfods and music festivals that provided the opportunity to entertain. With her reputation and trophy cabinet growing, she entered a regional “IDOL” competition in 2006 and was successful in winning where she was the youngest in the age group.

An EP “The Amazing Voice of Amanda Long” was professionally recorded and Mandy began to audition outside the relative comfort of the ‘country’ regional competitions for parts in musical theatre and the NSW School Spectacular culminating in a trip to Sydney in 2006 to the McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge where she was a finalist ahead of 60 talented performers.

Despite her growing reputation outside the region and performing at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Entertainment Centre, Mandy has always treasured the experience of singing for the elderly at retirement homes and for local charity and fundraising  functions. Even today, this cause takes priority in organising her schedule.

In 2006, by popular request, she co-produced her first album, “The Voice of an ANGEL” which provided the opportunity for her growing fan base to listen to a collection of tracks that they had requested. It was as a consequence of this CD that an accomplished vocal coach, Neil Corey, contacted Mandy and  worked to develop her technique and range.

Her list of achievements since then has included selections in the Riverina Choir, NSW State Choir, TDP workshops and NSW School Spectacular while still maintaining a busy schedule with regional music festivals, weddings and special events and never forgetting nursing homes and charity fundraisers.

In 2010 her second album “Bush to Broadway” was recorded showcasing the variety of music styles that Mandy has mastered. This album is testament to the development of her voice over the relatively short time frame since 2003.

During 2012  Mandy performed at over 35 functions and locations and with herAlbum, “Remember When …”  released in May,  and her HSC to complete, she was kept very busy.

Her next album “Avec Amour” was released in December 2012; recorded after she completed her HSC. It is a compilation of modern songs inspired by the common theme of love in all it’s various forms and complements her previous album releases. After many requests to record another album, “Looking Back” was produced December 2014, a mix of country, 50’s-60’s and a few highly requested country Gospel songs.

Amanda is currently working and studying Bachelor of Nursing at CSU Wagga as well as constantly performing at clubs, festivals and private functions.