At home with This country crooner hits the right note by the beach
Lucky for Amber Lawrence she is a risktaker, otherwise she’d still be desk-bound working as a financial analyst at Qantas. Instead, the talented country singer has grown her own wings with a career that has taken her to all corners of the globe, including Egypt and Afghanistan to entertain troops.
Amber is also the proud recipient of a Golden Guitar, the top country music award in Australia.
She was raised in Mascot, and a singing teacher steered Amber towards the genre which changed her life.
“My singing teacher said, ‘find a style of music you haven’t heard before’, so I bought the LeAnn Rimes album Blue,” she says. “It had a yodel in the break, and I just loved that.”
She competed at the Road To Tamworth country music competition, coming second to a teenage Jessica Mauboy. Years later and she has just released her fifth studio album, Happy Ever After.
The popular country crooner spends much of the year on the road, which leaves her very little time to put down roots — until now.
“I might find a great place to rent, but then I’d go on tour for months, so it wasn’t worth it. After the tour, I’d move back home with Mum. Now I’ll have a place of my own.”
Amber and boyfriend Marty Newman recently purchased an apartment in Coogee and are in the throes of renovating, beginning with knocking out the wall between the living room and kitchen.
“Music is my first love, but cooking is a close second,” says Amber. “I’m not a recipe follower. I just find whatever is in the cupboard and throw it all together.”
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This was the last family photo we took with Dad in it. It was Mum’s 60th birthday and he passed away eight months later. We didn’t know he was sick at the time, and in hindsight it was just lucky we took an endless amount of photos together that day.
I bought theth bracelet in Egypt after entertaining the troops. We rode in a bus for eight hours with bulletproof vests. I wore the cicada ring to the Golden Guitars in 2015. I was introduced to a lady who saw the ring and said: ‘You’re going to win tonight, that ring means change.’
The candle, Scent of Amber, is from my sister, and the perfume, Sexy Amber, is from my aunty. I hated my name as a kid, I wanted to be called Karen, or something normal like that. I like it now, and people always get me Amber-related presents.
This was a gift from Social Family Records when I signed my most recent contract. I’ll play my mum’s old Ella Fitzgerald albums on it. The sound is not up to scratch for today, but I love the feel of it.
Country singer and Golden Guitar winner Amber Lawrence
Mascot with her mum, while she renovates a Coogee apartment with her boyfriend Marty Newman
This Maton guitar has done more than 1000 gigs. I wrote my first album with it and it has travelled the world. It’s such a work horse, and it’s never meant to be cleaned, so the more dirt and make-up on it, the better it sounds
I like to have inspirational quotes around me. It’s motivation to work hard and not to give up on your dreams. Even if they don’t work out, you won’t be looking back in 10 years’ time thinking, ‘I should’ve given that a shot’
The apartment in Coogee with Marty. We bought it together and it’s the first time I will be living in something that is mine
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