Amanda Michalka Explained

Amanda Michalka
Background:solo_singer
Birth Name:Amanda Joy Michalka
Alias:AJ, AJ Michalka
Born:1991 4, mf=yes[1]
Origin:Torrance, California, U.S.
Occupation:Actress, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Genre:Acoustic rock, pop, pop rock, electropop
Years Active:1996–present
Instrument:Vocals, guitar, piano
Label:Hollywood (2004–2010)
Website:78violet official site

Amanda Joy "AJ" Michalka (born April 10, 1991), often credited as AJ, is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. She used to be a model prior to becoming an actress, and was best known as one-half of the duo 78violet (formerly Aly & AJ) with her sister, Alyson Michalka. AJ recently recorded the theme song for the film Secretariat, entitled "It's Who You Are". A video was released along with the single.

Early life

Michalka lived and grew up in Seattle, Washington and Southern California with her sister Aly. Her father, Mark, owns a contracting company, and her mother, Carrie, is a musician and performed with JC Band, a Christian band.[2] Michalka has been playing the piano since she was four and started playing the guitar in her early teens. She started acting when she was five years old, mostly in church play productions. She was raised as a Christian and continues to practice the faith.[3] [4] [5] Michalka was in a number of musical productions at her school in Milwaukee as a young adult.[4]

Career

She plays a variety of instruments such as acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, and bongos. She was a model for catalogs. In March 2006, she made her Disney Channel debut in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles, as "Courtney Callum", along with sister Aly, as "Taylor Callum". She has also made appearances on shows such as Oliver Beene, Six Feet Under, The Guardian, and General Hospital.[4] [5] [6] [7] She has also appeared with her sister, Aly, in the MTV film .

In 2009, she was featured in the Peter Jackson film The Lovely Bones, released widely on January 15, 2010.[8]

Michalka and her sister perform as the musical duo 78violet (formerly Aly & AJ). They have released two studio albums and a holiday album. The two are working on a new album, to be released in early 2011. She was cast as a recurring character into The CW series Hellcats[9] starring Ashley Tisdale and along with her sister Alyson Michalka. The series ran for one season and was cancelled in May 2011.

Michalka appeared in the 2011 film Super 8.

Filmography

Films

TitleYearRoleNotes
Kitty's Dish2005KittyUnsold TV pilot
Haversham Hall2006Samantha TillarUnsold Disney Channel pilot
Cow Belles2006Courtney CallumMade-For-TV film
2007SaraMade-For-TV film
2009Clarissa
Secretariat2010Kate Tweedy
Super 82011Jen Kaznyk
Salem Falls[10] 2011Gillian DuncanMade-For-TV film

Television

TitleYearRoleNotes
Passions1999Sheridan's Daughter1 episode
Birds of Prey2002Young Dinah2 episodes
General Hospital2004Ashley B.2 episodes
Six Feet Under2004Ashley2 episodes
Shannon Gressler15 episodes
Oliver BeeneBonnie9 episodes
Hellcats2011Deirdre Perkins5 episodes

Discography

See also: 78violet discography.

Solo

External links

Notes and References

  1. Web site: Family Tree Legends. Family Tree Legends. 2010-05-11.
  2. News: Article: Pop sisters: Better known for their acting, Aly and AJ leap onto music... | AccessMyLibrary – Promoting library advocacy. AccessMyLibrary. 2006-07-07. 2010-05-11. Scooby. Axson.
  3. Web site: 78 Violet, 11/05 – Interviews – Christian Music Today. Christianitytoday.com. 2010-05-11.
  4. Web site: Tweenage Riot Article on Blender. Blender.com. 2006-05-23. 2010-11-10.
  5. http://www.christianitytoday.com/tc/2007/001/12.52.html Grounded in Faith – Today's Christian
  6. http://www.briomag.com/briomagazine/entertainment/a0007094.html
  7. Web site: Aly & AJ, 11/05 – Interviews – Christian Music Today. Christianitytoday.com. 2010-05-11.
  8. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003694943 Aly & AJ Writing New Songs, Plot Films
  9. Web site: Maria Valiente. Hellcats Star Aly Michalka Reveals AJ's Character's Name! - Hellcats. Wetpaint.com. 2011-01-20. 2012-03-28.
  10. Web site: Salem Falls – New AJ Movie! | 78-Violet.com •. 78-violet.com. 2012-03-28.