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.
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.
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.