When it all comes down to it, Amber Lawrence, the award-winning singer-songwriter has much to be proud of – having been announced the inaugural winner of the “Telstra Horizon Award” at the 2010 Tamworth Golden Guitar Awards. The award is to commend an artist for their success in touring, recording, song-writing and performing. This comes off the back of the release of Amber’s second album When It All Comes Down which received 3 prestigious Golden Guitar nominations for the 2010 awards, was awarded ‘Southern Star Independent Album of the Year 2010’ and is described as ‘country gold’ (Herald Sun) and ‘one of the must have albums of 2009’ (Capital News).
Amber, formerly a high-flying Accountant for Qantas, was a top 5 Golden Guitar finalist for “Female Artist of the Year”, “Video Clip of the Year” and the coveted “APRA Song of the Year” for the title track When It All Comes Down. This all follows on from her 2009 APRA Music Awards nomination for Country Work of the Year (Good Girls ), Female Vocalist of the Year Award (Victorian National Awards) and her award for Independent Artist of the Year (2008) at the Southern Star Indy Country Music Awards.
Amber’s scoreboard is extremely impressive – 6 number one singles, 10 major awards and 5 Golden Guitar nominations, and with over 100 shows performed in 2010 alone, Amber shows no signs of slowing down. In fact 2011 promises to be her busiest yet, with Amber just announced as an ambassador for car manufacturer Ssangyong. Amber is also busy writing songs towards the release of her 3rd and yet un-named album. “The songs are shaping up nicely, and I’m very excited about the more mature songs I’m writing – plus of course there will always be a few classic fun ‘Amber’ songs on my third album” she says.
As a kid growing up with her sister and brother in the heart of Sydney, right next to the airport at Mascot, Amber was more concerned with sport than music, being a promising athlete in the NSW State Team. A future as a country music star was certainly not seen as the most likely path. But sometimes, our paths are chosen for us, and a chance purchase of a country album at the age of 19, set the city girl on the road of her musical journey – she loved what she heard, quit her job and never looked back. Amber released her first album, The Mile to critical acclaim in 2007 and quickly followed this up with the hugely successful second album When It All Comes Down in 2009.
Amber is also building a reputation as a reliable and glamorous awards show and radio host - most recently hosting the Australian Independent Country Music Awards, and filling in as host of high rating ABC national radio program, Saturday Night Country. Amber has regularly appeared as a guest and/or live performer on TV programs Getaway, Spicks and Specks, Sunrise, The Morning Show, Susie Show, Mornings with Kerri-Anne and the Channel 10 news, plus she’s been featured in key glossy publications Cosmopolitan and The Australian Magazine.
But what really sets Amber apart from the pack is her live performance! She has performed at all the major festivals across Australia including Tamworth, the Gympie Muster and the Deni Ute Muster and has toured with artists including Lee Kernaghan, The McClymonts, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Melinda Schneider and The Sunny Cowgirls.
Amber is fun, fresh and fabulous - the new face of Australian Country Music!