Amanda Rakel is a singer-songwriter from Denmark. Since starting her career in 2015, Amanda has morphed into a pop-EDM artist with a flair for coupling vulnerable and honest lyrics with mainstream productions.
Amanda identifies as a cultural mess. She was born December 18th, 1991 in Rüsselsheim, Germany, to a Danish mother and Swedish father. In February 1995 the family moved to Switzerland, where Amanda grew up and attended an international school.
Amanda's family has always been very musical, with her mum singing nursery rhymes to her and her two siblings and playing artists such as Queen, Bryan Adams, Phil Collins, and ABBA to them. Amanda and her two siblings were all accepted into the school choir and were part of the extensive music program at the school.
Since graduating high school in 2010, Amanda has lived in London, New York, and Copenhagen. Between living in New York and Copenhagen, Amanda revealed her songs to family and friends, which she had kept secret. Since she was small, Amanda has been passionate about writing, keeping countless journals throughout the years. She always thought she would enter journalism but that would all change.
In 2011 Amanda was hospitalised for depression. While in the clinic, she wrote poems and it didn't take long for melodies to form in her mind. In the summer of 2015, Amanda moved to Copenhagen, releasing her very first track, "Sweet Tongues", which was featured on DR's Karriere Kanonen. In November of that year, she also started working with her long-time co-writer/music coach, Mette Damm.
In 2017 she released her first EP, “Soaked”. Like “Sweet Tongues”, the first single from the EP, “My God”, was also recommended on DR's Karriere Kanonen. Since then, several of Amanda’s songs have been recommended on the platform. One song includes "August", a breezy summer pop song, she released in June 2018. "August" was featured on six official Spotify playlists.
In 2020, Amanda released six singles, introducing a more mainstream sound. Her first single, "I Tried", was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday Denmark, and her debut EDM-pop track, "Magnetic", was named "a true EDM hit" by Bands of Tomorrow and has over 200’000 streams on Spotify. Her last single of 2020, “& I Don’t Wanna Dance” went onto be played on radio stations in the UK, Germany, Portugal, Ireland, and Belgium.
Amanda's debut track of 2021, "Higher Ground", is in collaboration with the artist Boom Dice. The man behind the pseudonym is Bryan Wilson, a multi-grammy-nominated musician who has worked with the likes of Florence + The Machine, Disclosure, Stormzy, and Sofi Tukker. Bryan launched his own project Boom Dice Presents where he showcases up-and-coming artists.