2018 MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winner Amanda Fields uses the subtleties of songwriting and music to express what regular words can’t. Born in Southwestern Virginia, Fields grew up singing traditional music in church with her family. She had been writing songs since early childhood but was inspired to pursue music and songwriting professionally after seeing Loretta Lynn’s biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter at age 9. Since moving to Nashville she has demonstrated the ability to consistently deliver a performance that is both compelling and familiar. Fields uses her talents to seamlessly weave the nostalgia of her roots with her unique experiences to create songs that speak deeply to the traits of being human.