Amanda McCarthy

LONDONDERRY — Northern Essex Community College student Amanda McCarthy of Londonderry recently wrote an anti-bullying song, “I Don’t Deserve This” for popALERT, a Boston-based teen pop/rock band.

After hearing McCarthy’s own anti-bullying song “Sticks and Stones,” Patty Duffey, manager of popALERT, contacted McCarthy and asked if she would write an anti-bullying song for the band.

McCarthy agreed, wrote the song and also attended rehearsals for the band to teach it to them.

The video for this song has been nominated for “Video of the Year” for the Limelight Magazine music awards in Providence, R.I.

When asked why she decided to write the song for the band, McCarthy said, “I use music to tell people things I can’t usually speak, so knowing that people find my words on bullying so powerful really means a lot to me.”

McCarthy is in her second year at NECC, pursing a degree in music. On campus, she is a part of the NECC chorus.

She has written more than 100 original songs. Since she started performing at the age of 12, McCarthy has played at numerous venues, including Boston’s Hard Rock Cafe, Six Flags New England, Massachusetts Statehouse, The Sad Cafe, Ground Zero and more.

Northern Essex offers an associate degree in music and a certificate in music technology. Students have the opportunity to perform in the chorus and music club or with one of the college’s music ensembles.

To learn more about McCarthy or to hear her music, visit facebook.com/AmandaMcCarthyMusic.

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