Am­ber Lawrence

At home with This country crooner hits the right note by the beach

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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.”

Golden Gui­tar

I didn’tdn t think I would ould win. I was up against Casey Chambers, ham­bers, and she is an idol of mine. We e all use the same cliches ches about awards,wards, but when you ou win, it does mat­ter. It’s a val­i­da­tion al­i­da­tion that all that hat hard work iss pay­ing off.

Song­writ­ingSong books ks

I have a at least 30 books oks . About one page out ut of 100 w would turn into to a song, but I keep all the book books from 2004. It’s rea re­ally funny to look ook back and see how I felt on a par­tic­u­lar day. ay. WasWa I re­ally that sad?

Photo

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.

Jew­ellery

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.’

Am­ber

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.

Por­ta­ble turntable

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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