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A dream come true for Artist from Barking

PUBLISHED: 12:52 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:05 26 May 2015

Amanda Campbell and The Strands

Amanda Campbell and The Strands

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A Barking born artist is back in London for the first time in 30 years for three shows next week.

Amanda Campbell is back with a new career after leaving Barking to move across the Atlantic to Los Angeles in 1982.

She said: “Coming back home to play for friends and family really is a dream come true, this is a part of me they have never seen before.”

Amanda, known as Mandy Young throughout her childhood was a pupil at Barking Abbey School and lived in Lyndhurst Gardens. She settled in LA after marrying bass player Paul Campbell.

They formed the band The Strands four years ago after Amanda caught the eye of producers when she started singing on the coffee house circuit with a jazz quartet

She told the Post: “We have been regulars on the West LA music scene for the past three years and lately we have got so much encouragement to take it on the road and now we are finally doing that. It’s a magical time for us really.

“When we were offered two nights at Jazz After Dark in Soho and realised the Amy Winehouse connection [her career began there], we jumped at the chance to play there.

“It all just worked out for the band and we got help with our fares and a place for the band to stay.”

The shows are at Jazz after Dark, Soho, on Thursday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 10, and at Luna Lounge, Leytonstone, on Friday, June 5.

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