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A fortuitous 2000 meeting with a talent scout in her native Fort Wayne, IN, led to Amanda Perez being signed by California-based indie Powerhouse. A versatile performer who wrote, sang, and produced her own material, it wasn't much of a step for Perez to find herself in a studio helming the creation of her debut record. Where You At? dropped in 2001. Buoyed by success in minor markets like San Antonio, TX, and her hometown, the album soon caught the attention of Virgin, which released it in wider distribution and issued the smooth urban soul single "Angel." The track was a crossover hit, and Perez was a star. She released the more upbeat follow-up "I Like It" soon after, and finished out 2003 with a round of club dates in select cities. The albums Angel and I Pray followed in quick succession. Both releases peaked within the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 album chart.
Wikipedia:For the Mexican-American soccer player, see Amanda Perez (footballer).
Amanda Nicole Perez is a female R&B singer-songwriter and record producer of Mexican descent. Amanda Perez was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She grew up in the Waynedale community of Fort Wayne, where she attended North Side High School. She spent her teenage years selling drugs in order to raise money for her family. She also grew up boxing with boys, helping to mold her tough street persona.
Amanda was discovered in Ft. Wayne, Indiana by a talent scout and signed to the independent record label "Powerhowse/Silverstone Records" in 2001. Her debut album "Where U At?" was released in 2002 and included the singles "Never" and "Angel". "Never" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 sales chart, but the album itself did not see much success until it was re-released by Virgin Records to a wider distribution area under the new title "Angel". Perez's most popular single to date "Angel" peaked at #20 on the Hot 100 sales chart and #3 at Top 40 Radio.
Mighty Mike Quinn of Silverstone/Powerhowse Records directed and produced four music videos for Perez which all aired on MTV, VH1 and BET. The album was produced by Mike Quinn and co-produced by Powerhowse produced/DJ Tony Palacios, from Texas. DJ Tony P. was Amanda's touring DJ during her initial rise to popularity and a former radio employee-friend of Quinn. Perez notably charted at #7 on the popular MTV viewer request show "Total Request Live." Perez has had moderate success since departing from the original producers in 2005. Subsequently, she took time off to care for her mother who was diagnosed with cancer. In 2004 Quinn's Silverstone/Powerhowse label partnered to released her second album, this time with Virgin Records, as a joint effort.
"I Pray" the title track was the first single off the album, and would prove to be the last time writer-producer Mike Quinn would work with the Star from Fort Wayne on an album. The second single "Dedicate (Remix)" featuring Layzie Bone of Bone Thugs under the direction of Quinn. Shortly after its release, Perez parted ways with her original label and the writer-producer. Amanda's next album, "The Hand of Fate" was to be released on Virgin under Amanda's direction, but she was soon released from her contract due to legal conflicts and Virgin's unwillingness to effect Quinn's original agreements. In 2007 Upstairs Records released a special album, dedicated Amanda's mother's death. The lone single from that album, "Candy Kisses," did not break any records, but it had success on the Top 40/Rhythmic Chart peaking at #17.
In 2013, Amanda Perez and A-Hype Records released the single "Freak For The Weekend", the first single from the album "Unexpected".Farber, Jim. "Earthly 'Angel' has street cred". NYDailyNews.com. Retrieved April 29, 2003. Loftus, Johnny. "Amanda Perez Biography". Starpulse.com. Retrieved 4 November 2012. "Marketwire.com". Retrieved 2007-10-31.