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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.

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