Amanda Marshall is a Canadian pop-rock singer amd songwriter. She grew up in Toronto in a biracial family and she has reflected in her songs on her racial identity "as a woman who looks white but is also half-black".
Marshall studied music extensively during her childhood, including at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. While performing on the Queen Street West bar scene in her teens, she met guitarist Jeff Healey, who was struck by her powerful voice and took her on tour. In 1994, Marshall signed to Epic Records, and contributed to the Neil Young tribute album Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young.
Her debut album Amanda Marshall was released in 1995. The album was a major success in Canada, generating a great deal of airplay and spawning six Top 40 hits: "Let It Rain", "Beautiful Goodbye", "Dark Horse", "Fall From Grace", "Sitting on Top of the World" and "Birmingham". "Birmingham" was her most successful hit in Canada and the only song to reach the US charts.
In 1996, Marshall's song "This Could Take All Night" was included into the original soundtrack of Tin Cup. In 1997, Marshall's song "I'll Be Okay" was included into the original soundtrack of My Best Friend's Wedding. In 1999, she released a successful follow-up album, Tuesday's Child. Her song "Ride" from that album would be featured in the The Replacements and on its soundtrack. Another single from that album, "Believe in You" was featured on one episode of Touched By An Angel and on its soundtrack.
In 2001, Marshall released her third album, Everybody's Got a Story. It marked a change in style and sound for Marshall, with a noticeable R&B influence. Her singles "Everybody's Got a Story" and "Sunday Morning After" received some Canadian airplay, and for the album, Marshall worked with the likes of Peter Asher and Billy Mann.
In 2003, she released a greatest hits album entitled Intermission: The Singles Collection, which was followed by another greatest hits album, Collections, in 2006. In 2008, yet another greatest hits album, The Steel Box Collection, was released.
Marshall's absence from the music scene was due to legal battles with her record label after she fired her management in 2002. As the disputes, over how royalties from the singles are to be apportioned, are not yet settled, Marshall is not allowed to reveal the substance of the disputes. Marshall has not released a studio album since 2001, but is said to be working on a new one; no release date has been set for it, however.