Amanda Jones & the Family Band

Amanda Jones & the Family Band

Amanda Jones & the Family Band is an exciting, high-energy country band featuring the dynamic vocal talents of Amanda Jones.

amanda jonesOffering a combination of Amanda’s original songs and cover tunes, the band has a song list substantial enough to provide 3 hours of continuous music (longer if breaks are provided).

They are a professional, drug-free, self-contained, (FOH sound, crew, lights) organization that can also partner with other similar bands/duos, etc. to provide additional “warm up” and/or special guest entertainment determined by the specific nature of the event or venue.

Amanda Jones would be honored to perform at your venue bringing with it an atmosphere of summer and fun. The Family Band is also sure to bring that same energy to your event, guaranteeing an entertaining and captivating performance that everyone will enjoy.

Amanda Jones & the Family Band is fronted by Amanda Jones whose powerful belting vocals have undoubtedly been the key to the band success. From her original material through various popular covers, when Amanda takes the stage, the audience can’t help but sit up and take notice. Her strong vocals and commanding stage presence demand attention.

Amanda recorded her 4 song EP, Life Is What You Make It, here in NE Ohio in the summer of 2013 and her full length CD, The Road Less Traveled, was just recorded in Nashville and is currently in duplication for a late November 2015 release.

As a recent Biochemistry graduate from The University of Mount Union, Amanda has also just returned this May from a choir concert tour of Austria and continues to balance her time between featured songwriter nights in Nashville and gigging with The Family Band all over Ohio, PA, NY and West Virginia. Additional highlights among her lengthy resume include opening concerts for Marty Stuart, Molly Hatchet and the Kentucky Headhunters; lead roles in numerous regional community musical theatre productions and performing “God Bless America” at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

brittany_fenstermaker Brittany Fenstermaker plays keys and sings backing vocals. Brittany has participated in many musicals, including many of the leading roles in shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, and Les Miserables, which also earned her a Marquee Award nomination.

She also has a deep and rich background in music as she has been classically trained in voice, and studied Music and Theater at both Kent State and Malone Universities. Besides playing keyboard for The Family Band, she also serves as worship leader for Imago Dei Interim Ministry.

nathan_fenstermakerBrittany’s husband Nathan Fenstermaker plays bass, an instrument he picked up while he was visiting his grandpa. He has loved it ever since! Nathan was first chair in his primary instrument, trumpet, all through high school and college and has also participated in Honors Bands at YSU, Kent State and Malone Universities. He was also part of the choir at Malone and was involved in a Stomp group at Southeastern University.

Nathan and Brittany share their lives with three year old son, Aaron and one year old daughter, Norah Joy!

frank_mcdougalFrank McDougal has been playing drums since he was a small child and in live bands since he was a young teenager. He has covered a wide range of styles including Classical, Grunge, and everything in between. Frank comes from a family with a rich heritage in music: father, uncles, aunts, grandparents… next time you see him, ask him about it and you will be amazed at the gene pool from which this guy came. Besides drums, Frank is also well versed on the Bass, Guitar, Accordion and vocals.

Frank’s musical motivation? “I was saved from myself by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 10 or so years ago. At this point, I knew that the gift I was given was for a purpose and no longer just for entertainment. I returned to my bluegrass and country roots as well as Christian contemporary praise and prefer to stay here.”

michael_myhal The manager and technical director of the band, Michael Myhal, is no stranger to the professional music scene either. Filling the role as The Family Band’s acoustic guitarist, Michael has also performed with a number of bands over the years, including his 10 years of experience as worship music director.

As the owner of a local recording studio, Michael strives for the utmost in professionalism as he works with venues to book the band and adheres the following mindset; “We truly appreciate the opportunity to showcase the gifts with which God has blessed us and it is our passion to share that with as many people as we can.”

michael_seifertMichael Seifert is the newest member of the band, and he covers guitars and keys. Michael’s love for music began when he started piano lessons as a child and grew as he picked up new instruments. He has played tenor saxophone for his high school’s marching band and the bassoon for Symphonic Band. He has also played bassoon for the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years and was the principal bassoonist one year.

Another musical group Michael is actively involved with is his church’s praise band. He plays guitar for Sunday morning services as well as bassoon for their passion plays. Michael is currently a senior at Youngstown State University studying Mechanical Engineering.

rob_polivkaRob Polivka studied at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix, AZ. He then interned at House of Blues Studios in Nashville, TN. Rob has become an invaluable asset to the band for his fantastic ear and vast knowledge of audio engineering and equipment.
jonathan_roseJONATHAN ROSE – Crew and Security
becky_myhalRounding out the Family Band Team is Becky Myhal, an indispensable family member whose time and dedication to all of the other ancillary tasks necessary to run the organization are invaluable.
GENRE Country/Crossover
HOMETOWN Youngstown, Ohio
LABEL Imperfekt Music
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