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Occupation  Actress/Singer
Years active  1992–present

Name  Erika Amato
Role  Singer
Erika Amato
Born  December 7, 1969 (age 46) (1969-12-07) Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Movies  A Couple of Days and Nights
Education  Kent Place School, Vassar College
Similar People  Velvet Chain, Jacqueline Emerson, Marta Eggerth, Lesley Ann Warren, Connie Smith

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Erika Amato (born December 7, 1969) is an American singer and actress and a founding member of the band Velvet Chain.


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Amato was born in the city of Plainfield, New Jersey and grew up in nearby Mountainside. She started playing and performing music at three. Amato attended the all-girls Kent Place School (receiving the Drama Award upon graduation) and then Vassar College, earning a BA with both General Honors and Honors in Drama. While at Vassar, she performed in the Music Department's elite a cappella group, the Madrigals, and in the student-managed coeducational a cappella group, Matthew's Minstrels.

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After Vassar, Amato moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and quickly was cast as a guest star on popular TV series Quantum Leap, garnering her a SAG card. In the mid-1990s, she and Jeff Stacy founded Velvet Chain, an indie band with a large cult following, most famous for appearances on TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the subsequent soundtrack album on TVT Records. The band has also self-released several albums on its own label, Freak Productions, and members continue to write and record material.

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Amato is still acting and has relocated to New York City, where she has been in numerous productions, including the Off-Broadway musicals The Sphinx Winx and Signs of Life. She has also appeared in several films over the years, including the lead in indie film A Couple of Days and Nights and in musicals throughout North America, including the First National Tour of Flashdance the Musical, Into the Woods (Ocean State Theatre Company - Broadway World Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), Sleeping Beauty Wakes (Center Theatre Group - Ovation Award Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical), Paint Your Wagon (Geffen Playhouse), Nine (Chance Theater - OC Weekly Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), 42nd Street (Welk Resort Theatre), and Anything Goes (Candlelight Pavilion - Inland Theatre League Awards Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical).

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She also does voice work for TV shows and films, most recently for the PBS-TV animated series Danger Rangers and Disney feature film Enchanted.

Amato appeared on the TV competition Win Ben Stein's Money, and won.


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