The Rotary Club of Los Osos hosted its Annual Scholarship Dinner at Windows on the Water on Sunday April 14th from 5-8pm.The event held a silent auction and raffle as well as live entertainment by Amalia. All proceeds benefit scholarships for Los Osos graduating seniors of Morro Bay High School. The Los Osos Rotary Club is a non-profit Service Club, that does Community & International Service. Amalia was delighted to support this cause because she knows many of the seniors this year and will be an incoming senior this fall.
After performing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival with the other artists on the National Protest album, “Raise Your Voice,” Amalia was asked to come back to San Francisco to perform at the showcase concert for the Little Village Foundation. The Little Village Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization and record label that searches out, discovers, records and produces music that otherwise would not be heard beyond the artist’s family and community. The LVF put the student protest album together following the Parkland shooting in February 2018. Amalia and 2 others from the album met at the infamous coffee house, Freight and Salvage, in Berkeley, San Francisco. Amalia enjoyed reuniting with her friends and adventuring backstage before the concert. She played her song “Renegades” from the protest album, which she wrote and performed at the Women’s March in 2016. Amalia’s song applies to many cultural conflicts her generation faces and represents the voice of the youth. She was able to connect with other talented musicians that collaborated with LVF and perform a wonderful show!
The Morro Bay Wine Seller was one of the first venues that Amalia started playing live at in 2014. She gained performing experience every Thursday night at their open mic night which has given her confidence on stage. Though Amalia has moved on to her own solo concerts, she participated last night in the Songwriters at Play contest at the Morro Bay Wine Seller and played two of her newest songs: ¨Inked Tears¨ and ¨Breathing Fine¨. She competed against other adult songwriters and won the Best Song Award for her song Breathing Fine! She wrote the song about how heartbreak can feel like the end of the world but no matter what we get through it: ¨You said you couldn't live without me but i see that you're still breathing fine.¨ You can find a video of the performance on her Instagram(@amalia.songwriter).
Amalia along with 10 talented young musicians from around the country came together last Sunday to Debut their new album in front of Thousands at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Here is MIke Kappus review of the concert. "The most moving set I've ever seen over 18 years of San Francisco's wonderful Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival was this Sunday by the students who participated in the Little Village Foundation album project, Raise Your Voice. An added plus was Bay Area Grammy winner, Fantastic Negrito acting as Emcee for the festival set. Little Village just released the album last Friday, a compilation of songs by students from across the country who participated in the anti-gun violence protests following the February 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The first track on the record is “Shine” by Parkland students, Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña and 10 other songs and spoken word pieces share powerful, personal messages by students standing up for change with their passionately delivered songs. All proceeds from the sale of the album benefit Everytown for Gun Safety. Buy the record wherever you get your music, support the cause and bring it the profile it deserves. This is a crucial time to speak up and support others who are speaking up for all of us. In the meantime, make sure now that you are registered to vote and vote for those who prioritize people over party and profit.”
The album compilation 'Raise Your Voice' is a cross-section of America. It includes young artists standing up for what they believe. From Morro Bay, California to a music class in New York City, these students all share similar motivations in their songs. On the day of the album's release Amalia will perform live, she'll perform her song Renegades along with four other artists at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 7th at 3 pm.
Raise Your Voice features a wide range of students who want to share their music at such a critical moment in our country. The 11-track album, due Oct. 5 through the nonprofit Little Village Foundation, features new songs and spoken-word pieces composed and performed by the students of the high school that was the site of a deadly mass shooting in February that left 17 students and teachers dead.
Proceeds from the album recorded in response to that shooting and other deadly assaults at schools across the nation will be donated to the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety organization.
One of Amalia’s other interests is surfing, she used to be on the Morro Bay High School Surf Team her Freshman year until she broke her collarbone. She still finds time to surf and was happy she could support the team by playing at their third annual surf team fundraiser on September 30th, 2018. Morro Bay’s surf team won first place in their division this year! Morro Bay’s a small town but because the high school is right on the beach the team has a ton of incredible student surfers! The team sold hats, shirts, and other merchandise at Pizza Port along with an auction to bring in revenue for their competitions. Amalia enjoyed supporting the team by donating 50% of all her CD sales!
Today, Amalia drove all the way to San Francisco for a radio interview with San Francisco’s local radio, KALW, the Patchwork Quilt. She was so honored to be one of the artists chosen from the Raise Your Voice album to talk about the project. She was asked to play three of her songs including Renegades from the album. The interviewer asked questions about the upcoming show at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and also her own personal music career. Amalia really enjoyed sharing her passion and music through KALW and is really looking forward to influencing even more people next weekend.
Amalia was asked to play her song ‘Renegades’ live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco on Oct. 7th at 3 pm to debut the compilation album ‘Raise your Voice’! The album includes young artists from all over the country who wrote and performed songs for the March 2018 student walkouts to protest for gun control . Amalia will perform along with four other artists from the album. The album is debuting on Sunday at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Hope you can make it. More to come about the album!