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Amanda Cottreau

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"There is a truth that resonants when soul and flesh birth sound - it is infinite and universal."

Sounds Like:

Joy Williams meets Jewel meets Sarah McLachlan


Abbey Lincoln, Amos the Transparent, Ben Harper , Billy Holiday, Bjork, , Coldplay, Craig Cardiff, Dallas Green, Damien Rice, Ella Fitzgerald, Fiest, Jewel, Jill Zmud, Leif Vollebekk, Priscilla Ahn, Sarah McLaghlan, Sarah Harmer, Sarah Slean, Sufjan Stevens, The Civil Wars, Tori Amos

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Tori Amos

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Songs by Amanda Cottreau

Couldn't Wait


You and me we tried to be something
Neither of us could be
I know you tried so hard
But we are only what we are

I know you don’t, want me to go
But I must, It’s just been too long and I must say...

I couldn’t wait, not for a day
Not for a moment....oh I
I couldn’t wait, not for a day
Not for a moment.....oh how

I tried too hard to be your all
But no one, can be all you need, and want...

I couldn’t wait, not for a day
Not for a moment....oh I
I love you but, I can not stay here
I can not grow, please let me go... I
I.......I know
I couldn’t wait, I couldn’t wait for you

You and me we tried to be something




Here we are again my friend
I can’t give you more than this
My heart is on hiatus but
It’s still looking for a door to let you in

You don’t know this pain I hide
Driven by fear, I lay in wait
Time won’t hesitate for no one at all

Can’t you see the state I’m in
I’m lost again
Cryin’ out, heart on sleeve
Save me... from myself

Hush now baby don’t you cry
Don’t say a word, as it belies
All that you’re thinking, though misleading
You will surely find
Time and time again the situation you are in
Is extra ordinary, ordinary, ordinarily
No time for your tears, now baby, there’s no saving grace
We’re bound to break in, break up and break down again

Here we are again my friend
I can’t give you more than this
My heart is on hiatus but
It’s still looking for a door to let you in




Gatineau, QC

Level of Experience:



Folk | Other

I Write:

By myself | For myself | With others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements

Songs Recorded:

County Fair, Couldn't Wait, Hold on Tightly, Fall, Hiatus, I Will Arise, Universe in a Soft Shell, Flowers, Sea & Sky, Almost Christmas

Albums Released:

Around 11 (various artists - track 12), Universe in a Soft Shell (5 track EP)

Song Placements:


Other Credits:


I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Getting a Publishing Deal

Other Jobs:

Director of


Amanda is a generous woman with a conscious, intuitive, and consistent will to connect people. Her music expresses a desire to love and be loved, as well as the nuances of what it means to have those desires in a complex world. Her music is introspective, comforting, delicate and captivating.

As alluring as the sculpted inlet of the Bay of Fundy, Amanda's voice is making its mark on the Canadian and international music landscape. Voicing everything from dixieland jazz improv to alternative rock ballads to heart-baring original compositions. This authentic, multi-dimensional Canadian treasure mesmerizes listeners with her unconventional melodies and intuitive vocals.

"Ottawa-based folk singer-songwriter Amanda Cottreau blends haunting melodies with themes of love and redemption. Her tunes are wrought with internal conflict but always seem to offer some sort of resolution through self-awareness. While she cites Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan and Sarah Harmer as influences, Cottreau has a voice all her own." ~ Collin Elliott, STEREOFAME ( Nov 02, 2010 ).

Over the years, Amanda has been refining her hauntingly beautiful brand of folk, elevating sadness to triumph and desolation to celebration. In 2009, she met and began collaborating with Ryan Potter, a seasoned Ottawa musician and closet producer. After almost two years of juggling work, motherhood and recording, Amanda finally birthed her first solo album "Universe in a Soft Sell" (NOV 2010).

In the last four years, Amanda has played over 200 shows between Ontario, Quebec & Nova Scotia and has shared the stage with countless artists: The Visit, Raphael Weinroth-Browne, Heather Sita Black, Nathanael Larochette, Brandon Wint, Russell Levia, Nick Beauregard, Andrew Johnson, Alex Millaire, Jeremy Sills & Naomi Athena, Rory Taillon, Keturah Johnson, Brandon Wint, Steve Perron, Sarah Smith, Jack Pine & The Fire, Tara Porter, Gabrielle Giguere, Sohayla Smith, Domestic Crisis Group, Musk Ox, Katey Morley, Lani Billard, Meghan Tonjes, Mike Falzone, Sheree Plett, Jeremy Eisenhauer, Ophelia Syndrome, The Strip, Jason Paul Johnston, Terns, Natasha Pasternak, Jayda, Brothers Through The Hill, The Powergoats, Ryan J. Potter, Tracie Morgan Mac Maghnuis, Joel Keuhn, Soulfat Funk.

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