Originally from Florida, now making her home in the Virginia Mountains, Amanda Cook acquired a love of bluegrass from her father, who played banjo throughout her childhood. In early 2007, Amanda formed the bluegrass group High Cotton with her father and received her first taste of performing, fueling a fire to record and tour professionally. In 2013, determined to create her unique sound, Amanda stepped out on her own and released her first solo album One Stop Along the Road. The self-released album brought Amanda her first radio chart success appearing on the Top 150 Roots Music Bluegrass Album Charts for 2014 and 2015. In addition, she achieved significant regional attention that furthered her desire to grow her brand by establishing a full touring band.
In early 2017, Amanda signed with Mountain Fever Records and recorded her debut album on Deep Water. Amanda was excited for her second album project, especially since she and band member Carolyne VanLierop co-wrote the title track. Amanda has created quite a loyal fan base through her palpable delivery of soul-wrenching songs. In addition, her light-hearted, down-to-earth style helps her create an undeniably strong connection with her audience.
In late 2018, Amanda signed a long-term seven-year, five-album contract with Mountain Fever Records. Her second project on the label, Point of No Return, was released in April 2019. The Americana Music Show said, "If fresh modern bluegrass mixed with an equally vibrant country voice is your thing, then Amanda Cook’s Point of No Return is sure to satisfy.”
Blazing into 2020, Amanda and her fantastic band released a hard-driving bluegrass tune, "Get on Board," on February 7 that year. The song reached as high as the #2 song on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart.
In 2021, her third full-length album, Narrowing the Gap, was released on Mountain Fever Records. The album appeared on Bluegrass Today's "Dave's Dozen" Top Album of 2021 by David Morris and KDHX "Bluegrass Breakdown" Radio’s Top 10 Albums of 2021. Numerous singles from Narrowing the Gap hit the radio charts, including "Get On Board," “West Virginia Coal," and most recently "Lonesome Leaving Train," which Amanda co-penned with admired singer-songwriter and Grammy-nominated artist, Thomm Jutz. "Lonesome Leaving Train” was honored by appearing on Syntax Creative's Top 10 Americana/Country list of 2021.
On October 14, 2022 Mountain Fever Records will release Amanda's 4th full length project Changes!!
Amanda Cook continues to garner chart success and critical acclaim. The Bluegrass Situation stated, “Amanda Cook has emerged as one of the most dynamic female bluegrass vocalists and bandleaders of today.”