Amanda Marshall leaves behind two decades of ordinary for a return to making music

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TORONTO — Two decades after leaving the music scene, Amanda Marshall is on the comeback trail.

The smoky-voiced Toronto singer-songwriter, known for her soulful 1990s hits "Let it Rain" and "Birmingham," just released a new single with plans for an album and tour this summer.

Marshall says it's been a long time coming after a prolonged battle with her former manager dragged on for the better part of 12 years and the COVID-19 pandemic halted a planned return some time ago.

Now 50 years old, she says decades off the road allowed her to learn and enjoy a simpler life — learning basic skills like cooking for herself and paying her own bills.

Marshall also continued recording music during that time, including her new single "I Hope She Cheats."

It's a cover of a track originally recorded by Marsha Ambrosius of neo-soul duo Floetry, but in her version, Marshall adds a more playful and bluesy spin.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 1, 2023.

David Friend, The Canadian Press