AMBER ’s track record of club and pop hits such as “This is Your Night,” “Above the Clouds,” “If You Could Read My Mind” (the hit from the “ Studio 54” film soundtrack with Ultra Nate and Jocelyn Enriquez,) “Sexual (Li Da Di),” “Yes” and “Need to Be Naked,” defined her as a dance diva with a flair for the mainstream. AMBER also made her big screen debut in the much talked about film Studio 54, performing the song as part of the trio. Her talents as a singer and songwriter have been celebrated and complimented with seven consecutive #1 Dance singles. Her songs have been covered and have produced hits for other artists, including most recently, Cher’s recording of AMBER’s “Love One Another” on her latest album AMBER’s rendition of the Diane Warren penned “Taste the Tears” landed on the first music compilation from television’s “Sex and the City.” After seeing her perform, David Gest invited her to join the impressive list of artists performing at his recent wedding to Liza Minnelli.
AMBER has recently begun recording her fourth album, and she has a few surprises in store. This will be her first album released on her own recording label. Amber says, “I have decided to found my own label and I am excited about the artistic freedom it will give me.” Fans can also expect a darker sound and feel. Themes will be about love, on society observations, and personal hardships. “It will contain more live instruments and a matured sound…I like growth and risk-it’s just in my nature!”
AMBER ’s third and current studio album, NAKED, (Tommy Boy) showcases her personal and artistic growth. “With this album I feel I can really breathe as a songwriter, as a vocalist, as a creative person,” she says. Setting out to explore the layers beneath the surface reflects the artist and songwriter’s life and lifestyle. AMBER has writing credit on all but two of the album’s 14 songs and she transverses lyrical territory from God, to James Joyce, to her young son. This is a new AMBER, a stronger-than-ever AMBER. Since her last album, AMBER, was released three years ago, the singer bought back her contract from the Berman Brothers, the producers of her first two studio efforts and instead worked with a cadre of talented producers–of her own choice. “With the other producers, I didn’t feel I had the creative freedom I was supposed to have,” explains the singer. “I was directed in terms of how to write my songs. I didn’t feel comfortable in that skin.”
And, her high music standards are deep rooted. Music was always in her life — growing up with a Mother who is a piano teacher and songwriter and a Father who is an Opera Singer, the Dutch born artist grew up in a home where she says, “Music was just another language we used to talk to each other.” It is easy to see where the musical variety on her music is derived from, a dance diva with classical training, quoting literature on a hit single!
“Yes!” the first single from NAKED, is probably the first dance song to take classic literature as its sole inspiration. Billy Steinberg acquired the permission of the estate of James Joyce to use the text from Ulysses as the hook for the first hit from the album. She sings, “I put my arms around him, yes/and drew him down to me so he could feel my breast/And his heart was going like mad/And yes, I said yes.” AMBER bristles when she recalls that some advised her that the lyrics might be censored at radio. “Those are Joyce’s words! You have all these songs about smoking weed and sex on the radio and there might be controversy because of the word ‘breast?’ What am I missing?” The song topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and hit #2 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi Single Sales chart.
AMBER is pushing at the boundaries of dance music, daring to redefine her fans’ definition of the genre, and laying herself bare in her provocative lyrics. “I am at a point where I want to say to people, ‘I have a lot to say and I am a serious vocalist, even though people have buried it under their beats in the past. If people like my music, that would be great. If not, at least I did take the leap into the deep end.”