We’ve known Amanda as a worship leader ever since she joined The Oasis Band back in 2006 when she was a senior in high school. She now currently works in the Creative Arts Department as the Contemporary Music Assistant.
How did you first get involved with The Oasis Band? I grew up in an Egyptian-Arabic church that my Dad started in Allentown over 30 years ago. Sunday school was tons of fun because everyone that went there were cousins of mine (I have 19 first cousins on my Dad’s side). I learned a lot about worshipping with my family, and I was truly inspired by my older sister who led us into worship and singing. When she left for college I decided that I was going to teach myself the guitar. Once I mastered it, I started leading youth conferences and inviting kids from my high school to have worship nights. Eventually, I found my way to FPC Bethlehem.
When I first started attending FPCB regularly, I was introduced to Elliott Powell, the worship leader at the time. I auditioned and found myself leading worship with the band the next weekend.
What is your favorite song that you play with the Oasis Band? This is a hard question for me because I go through song phases. Lately I’ve been enjoying the passion and drive our band gives when we sing the “Great I Am.” I’m also a big fan of “Before the Throne of God Above.”
Besides music, what other things do you do here at FPCB? Here at FPCB we all wear many hats. One of the duties that I do here is working on video materials. I’m a big video freak! Before I came here, I worked on two short international documentaries under my film organization, Ferasha Films. I think that’s why I am trusted to do most of the video advertisements here.
What was your favorite video project you’ve worked on here? Ha! This is hard to say. When I interned here we did a parody called the “Church Office” for our Musikfest service in 2010. I also enjoyed working on the Christmas ad we did back in 2011. Although, "Painted Redeemed" was one that we showed at Easter in 2011. It took 8 hours to shoot here on campus. It was well worth it, and I was happy with how it turned out.
What's currently on your playlist? Sufjan Stevens, Robert Francis, The Brilliance, and PSY (Gangnam anyone?).
Do you have a warm up song that you listen to before leading worship? If so, what is it? No, I don’t. I do a lot of vocal warm-ups in the car, and I listen to whatever I’ve been listening to recently (which has lately been these three songs: “Strong God” by Meredith Andrews, “The Lord our God” by Kristian Stanfill, and “I Surrender” by Hillsong Live).
What makes you move? Making a difference in my community (and my twins splitting off in different directions).