THE LUCKY COUNTRY
BROADBEACH'S FREE FEAST OF MUSIC RETURNS WITH SWAGS OF STARS
A mber Lawrence is a city girl with a country heart.
Known for her honest and unconventional songwriting, the Sydney-based accountant-turned-musician takes inspiration from themes of heartbreak, storytelling, love, joy and core family values – like loyalty.
Lawrence arrives on the Gold Coast this weekend for the Broadbeach Country Music Festival.
Combining country with the Coast, the free three-day festival features a herd of talent including Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey, Harry Hookey, Pete Denahy, Harmony James and more.
Lawrence is excited to perform songs from her third album, 3, a record which she says features a mixture of upbeat optimism, personal happiness and resilience along with some references to deeper issues.
“I wanted the songs to be my songs, to tell my story,” she says.
“It’s my truth, it’s my take on the world as I see it.”
The country music darling released her debut album
The Mile in 2007 and its follow-up When It All Comes
Down in 2009. Lawrence says her evolvement both musically and personally is evident on her third record.
“Life throws us curve balls and the only thing that’s constant is change, which always makes for great song subject matter,” she says.
Drawing inspiration from her own experiences of life’s upheavals – including the death of her father and becoming an aunt to her sister’s two children – Lawrence’s raw honesty is a highlight of 3.
“My last album was more based on moving on after the death of my father,” she says.
“This album says I know what life is all about and I’m making the most of it. I have my glass half-empty days like everyone else, but most of the time it’s half full.”
Amber Lawrence, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Sunday, 1pm.
Amber Lawrence finds inspiration in life’s many twists and turns.