“At the centre of Operator Please’s debut album is Amandah Wilkinson's voice - an instrument that can do ballsy roar and sultry purr as brilliantly as it can handle the softer sentiments.” - THE GUARDIAN
“A dark, atmospheric synth-pop lullaby. 'Don't ignore this love, I know you wanna take it,' sings Wilkinson. You bet we do.” THE LIST
"Bossy Love make the kind of R&B that their name promises; sweet but direct, sexy but firmly in charge." THE FADER
"An infectious elixir, vocals with euphoric charm. The chorus is massive, the hooks are deadly." THE LINE OF BEST FIT
"Fun and frenetic; Wilkinson’s melody lines act as the anchor, offering sleek, charismatic verses and ballsy chorus singalongs.” THE SKINNY
"A collection of sweet as candy vocal hooks." DUMMY
“Bossy Love is infectious pop-funk, like Prince on a trampoline."
”The Aussie quintet execute a stroke of brilliance.” NME
"Track Of The Day > Pop enigma Bossy Love craft an off-piste R&B vision. We're entranced; it's a dexterous, colour-soaked slice of music with intertwining, teasing, emphatically energetic vocals." CLASH
BIOGRAPHY > Australian by way of Indonesia, Amandah Wilkinson got her first break in music at sixteen years old, as the front woman and songwriter of indie-pop quintet Operator Please, who were at the time, according to The Guardian, “the biggest thing to come out of Australia in years.” As the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Wilkinson released two albums on Virgin/EMI, complete with global hit Just A Song About Ping Pong, which was the most-added song at Australian radio that year. Winning over critics and audiences alike, Operator Please went on to play all over the world, from Big Day Out to Glastonbury, and won a coveted Aria Award for Breakthrough Artist (think Aussie Grammys).
Amidst all this, Wilkinson also signed to Sony ATV and began honing her top-lining skills, working with some of the world’s biggest pop producers and multi Grammy winners, including Pascal Gabriel, Jim Elliot and Jimmy Harry, on projects for Kylie and Gwen Stefani, amongst others.
A move to the UK saw Wilkinson disband Operator Please in favour of a new project with producer/drummer John Baillie Jnr of Dananananakroyd and Dolby Anol fame. Perhaps best described by The Guardian as “Infectious, like Prince on a trampoline”, the duo Bossy Love built an army of fans utterly captivated by their savvy, RnB-inflected pop. With high profile DSP playlist adds and international radio play, Vic Galloway (BBC) professed “Bossy Love are one of the most exciting bands on the planet." They released their debut Whiplash EP in January with The List declaring “into the gilded pantheon of bright escapist pop, we warmly welcome Whiplash.”
Adding Ollie Cox on keys to their live show, Bossy Love have supported Kelis, Tank & The Bangas, Metronomy, Bloc Party and Alma. With explosive, searing energy from the very first bar, on stage Amunda commands absolute presence with the ease, confidence and effortless charm that only comes from years spent honing her skills at the front of the world’s stages. Whether singing or rapping, her vocal prowess is spellbinding. She merges confessional lyrics with a playful, IDGAF attitude, to command the entire room as the relatable, yet audaciously alpha heroine we all want and need.
Following their sold-out, debut headline UK tour, Bossy Love were invited to perform at a host of festivals; including The Edinburgh Fringe, The Great Escape and Glastonbury, where their set was televised by the BBC. Bossy Love were invited back by the BBC to perform on their Quay Sessions, which was subsequently broadcast across BBC radio and tv channels. At lauded UK showcase The Great Escape last year, Clash Magazine announced "Bossy Love steal the first day", while The 405 predicted; "the most memorable stage performance of the weekend... the festival might not be big enough for them next year."
Taking a break from touring, Wilkinson spent the last year writing the Bossy Love album, due for release in September 2019, which re-ignited her passion for songwriting. With a renewed focus on mastering her craft as a topliner, Wilkinson wrote Edwin Organ’s debut release Are You Tired Too? , which was added to Spotify UK’s New Music Fridays playlist, and has been in the studio with producers Uniiqu3, and Dave Maclean of Django Django.
With years of experience writing songs across different genres and artists, Wilkinson has an honest sense of self and a practised introspection that allows her to draw from raw personal experience and emotions, to create intimate and powerful lyricism. It’s this intuitive sense of what makes a good melody, combined with her wider knowledge of production and multi-instrumentalism, that enables her to explore new grooves, rhyme schemes and chord changes, ultimately leading her to new creative places, with critics noting “Wilkinson’s melody lines act as the anchor, offering sleek, charismatic verses and ballsy chorus singalongs” and describing her music as “dexterous, colour-soaked slices, with intertwining, teasing, emphatically energetic vocals."