Amanda McBroom Biography

9 August 1946, Burbank, California, USA. The daughter of film actor David Brian, Amanda McBroom, initially, was eager to pursue a career as a songwriter and this ambition received a considerable fillip when Bette Midler recorded her song, ‘The Rose’, the result being a worldwide hit in 1979. Her compositions have been recorded by artists including Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Barry Manilow and Anne Murray. Many of her songs, which include ‘Ship In A Bottle’, ‘Make Me A Kite’, ‘Breathing’, and ‘Errol Flynn’ (a musical portrait of her father), are written in collaboration with pianist Michele Brourman, with whom she also wrote songs for Universal Cartoon videos. From the early 80s, McBroom’s own recording of ‘The Rose’ was also enormously successful, her performances of it at Golden Globe and Grammy awards ceremonies and on The Tonight Show boosting her career as a singer. Through the 80s, 90s and on into the 00s, McBroom’s concert appearances have taken her to New York’s Carnegie Hall, the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She has also toured extensively overseas, appearing in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, the Far East, and in London, England.

Concurrent with her songwriting and concerts, McBroom has conducted a career as an actress. Her theatrical appearances include roles in Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris (in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Europe), on Broadway in 1973 in Seesaw, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, and Mame. Her own musical show, using her own songs, Heartbeats, premiered in 1989. McBroom has acted on television, including appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation. She also appeared in From The Heart, the NBC television special recorded at the Kennedy Center.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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