Up close and per­sonal with coun­try mu­sic star Am­ber Lawrence


IT was the death of her fa­ther that made this Syd­ney singer-song­writer more con­scious of the im­por­tance of ap­pre­ci­at­ing and liv­ing in each pre­cious mo­ment, and the ex­pe­ri­ence be­came the in­spi­ra­tion for her fifth and lat­est al­bum, Happy Ever Af­ter. In the fi­nal months with her dad, Brian, she re­alised each mo­ment to­gether was ir­re­place­able.

Lawrence, win­ner of the 2016 Fe­male Artist of the Year at the Coun­try Mu­sic Chan­nel Oz Awards and the Peo­ple’s Choice Award for Best Fe­male Vo­cal at the 2016 Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, no longer pins her hap­pi­ness on ex­ter­nal things.

She said the al­bum came from a re­flec­tion that it’s a waste to think “when this hap­pens or when I have that, then I will be happy”.

She viewed Happy Ever Af­ter as a pos­i­tive al­bum and a les­son in see­ing hap­pi­ness as part of the ev­ery­day.

Typ­i­cal Satur­day morn­ing

Get up early and go for a run with my part­ner, Marty, to one of the nice cafes at the beach. Be­cause we have just bought an apart­ment (in Coogee), we are in dec­o­rat­ing/ ren­o­vat­ing mode. So af­ter our run and break­fast we usu­ally head out shop­ping, look­ing for fur­ni­ture, or start on some paint­ing.

Se­cret do­mes­tic skill

Outsourcing. I take my stage dresses to Mum and say, “Hey, Mum, how do you think I should wash this dress?” And then she of­fers to do it for me. I pre­tend I’m go­ing to do it. But she says that it’s such a beau­ti­ful dress, she doesn’t want me to ruin it. I’m pretty sure she knows what’s go­ing on, but she loves watch­ing me do what I do, and she is happy to sup­port me.

Sig­na­ture dish

I talk about this all the time like a crazy wo­man, but my sig­na­ture dish is sauteed cauliflower rice and I eat it ev­ery sin­gle day with­out fail. I cut the cauliflower to the size of rice and saute it in oil and gar­lic. I use it as the base for ev­ery meal. It doesn’t mat­ter what else I cook, if I’m mak­ing you Mex­i­can or Chi­nese, it’s go­ing to be served on that.

Chill-out mu­sic

John Mayer — he is my ab­so­lute favourite and the def­i­ni­tion of mel­low. He’s a beau­ti­ful singer-song­writer; all his songs have mean­ing and a story. He’s def­i­nitely my go-to.

Hap­pi­ness at home

Time with loved ones on a com­fort­able couch with good home-cooked food and a good night’s sleep.

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