ACT POP Artist of 2013 and this years highlights

Hello Friends,

It’s been a while but I can’t help but share some of my good news with you.

I write this still buzzing from taking out Music ACT’s best POP artist for 2013! I think I may be secretly waiting for someone to politely tap me on the shoulder and apologise for the whole misunderstanding. But until that happens I am going to savour every moment!

The MAMA’s are MusicACT’s Annual Music Awards and Canberra’s night of night for anyone involved in the Music Industry. It’s a celebration of all things musical and the amazing diversity of talent that we have here in our Nation’s Capital.

The application required to be considered as a finalist was in itself a wonderful journey of self reflection. So often as artists we have a picture of what our dreams looks like, of what we hope our music will become that we can often forget the successes along the way. Reflecting on the highlights of the last 12 months was a glorious boost to the esteem and reminded me that I am moving forward, I am growing as an artist and to enjoy the journey regardless of whether I reach my desired destination.

I thought I would take the time to share some of those highlights with you over the last 12-18 months.

Number 1 is of course having the great privilege of launching my Debut EP Oh My Lullaby to a beautiful full house at the gorgeous venue The Abbey. Having funded my EP successfully through crowd funding I never felt so supported and encouraged to finally share my music and step out as a solo artist. Seeing my crowdfunding campaign featured in an article alongside idol Amanda Palmer in the Sydney Morning Herald only added to my delight. I was also privileged to share the stage that night with now friends and talented local boys Lavers and Matt Amery from Tin sparrow.

 Number 2  is the enormous privilege I had of joining Rob Farnham and comedian Doug Chappel to be part of the Forces Entertainment Tour of Timor.

With the International Stabilisation Force operations ceasing on November 21st we participated in final concerts to celebrate the work of the troops and the part they have played in helping the people of Timor-Leste gain their feet as a young nation.

One of the most memorable moments of the tour for me was the time spent singing carols at Camp Phoenix where the troops hosted a Christmas party with 40 children from local orphanages. To see the impact the troops had on these children’s lives and the community as a whole was truly inspiring. Their continuous love, compassion and support touched my heart.

I was so moved by the experience that I invited one of the young locals (pictured below) from the orphanage to join us on stage that night for our final performance. This young boys moving rendition of “Let it Be” backed by our band had the troops on their feet in a standing ovation. There were many tears. An experience I won’t forget for many years to come.

Number 3 would have to be signing a publishing deal with Native Tongue, Australia and New Zealand’s leading independent publishing agency. This signing allowed me the opportunity to write and record with people I could only previously have imagined. That included a trip to LA and sessions with producer Jamie Hartman (Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Anastasia, Natalie Imbruglia, Adam Lambert, Jason Mraz). I also had the great fortune of working with producer and keyboardist Sven Martin and songwriter Todd Wright (placements in Bones, One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries, 90210) Both workshops resulting in two fabulous songs that I look forward to sharing with you in early 2014.

I also had the fabulous experience of writing and working with some of Native Tongues local Australian artists and songwriters, spending the weekend at the Corona House in Bryron Bay. I can’t tell you how inspiring it was to be able to sit outside and watch the waves roll in, Corona in hand then duck downstairs to the studio to lay down a track.

I have high hopes for the partnership with Native Tongue and look forward to sharing some success stories with you in the near future.

Number 4 was the awesome opportunity to provide vocals on Steve Balbi’s (Noiseworks) Album Black Rainbow. Steve Balbi, a seasoned performer and formidable songwriter has been a steady mentor and encouragement to me especially in the early years of finding my voice as a solo artist. His long awaited Solo Debut Album Black Rainbow was released Friday 13th September to critical acclaim. Click here to buy.

Number 5 Would have to be the enormous support I have received from Community radio with over 30 stations picking up my EP. It has been a pleasure and delight to chat to many of these stations personally as well as play live to air on numerous occasions. A significant highlight would have to be joining 666’s Melanie Tait on air to share some of my songs.

Number 6 was the encouragement I received from being a finalist in 2 categories in the Music Oz awards, Australian’s Independent Music Awards. Having 2 songs selected as finalists (singles to be launched next year) in the Unsigned Only Song writing competition was also a great achievement. Being selected as an Artist to showcase at Canberra’s first ever RAW event and sharing the stage with visual artists, performing artists, photographers, film makers, makeup artists, designers and so much more was also a fabulous opportunity for not only myself but for our city. Check out an interview I did here with RAW prior to the showcase.

Click here to find a RAW event happening near you.

Number 7 is the continuing and amazing opportunity I get to give back to my community and share my gift of music. Fundraising and charity events are an important and humbling part of my musical career and it was a pleasure to participate in Relay for Life, Lifeline Out of the Shadows Walk, Camp Quality esCarpade Final Dinner and Who Will? Fundraiser for orphans of Cambodia.

Number 8 is the chance I had this year to collaborate with some great talents including Canberra DJ – producers Ashley Feraude and D’Opus.

Click here to listen to “I know” written and produced by Ashley Feraude (Magnifik).

Click here to listen to the track “Free to Fall” written and produced by Ross Garret (D’Opus). 

Number 9 last but by no means least is the chance I get to gig and take my tunes from the bedroom to the stage and share with you. Thanks to everyone who came out to a show and to the venues who support original music. We don’t exist without you.

And that concludes my highlights reel. What a year it has been! Thanks for the continuous support and encouragement I receive from you. Looking forward to 2014 and sharing some more thoughts and tunes with you then.

Amber

Xxx

 

It’s that time of the year :)

What a fabulous year it has been! Had so many wonderful experiences. Got to finally launch my very own CD. Played many memorable shows including a tour to East Timor entertaining the troops! I can’t thank you all enough for the support you have shown me. I hope the songs continue to speak to you and stay with you this Christmas.

Wishing you a safe and wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and lets see what 2013 has in store for us :)

 

Amber

xxx

Oh My Lullaby EP Launch

Hi Friends!

So launch is now just around the corner! Very excited! Rehearsals start this weekend for what i’m sure will be a beautiful evening of music.

I have two very special artists joining me on the night.

Melbourne based Indie-pop artist Emmy Bryce will be sharing her summery tunes with us. Emmy’s got “melodies and bouncy beats by the bucket loads!” Emmy’s song “Hit The Ground” was recently featured on Channel 10′s Hit TV show Offspring which is the first single from her debut EP Seven Days. Seven days has a “poppy 90′s vibe with a quirky, endearing style that will leave you smiling” :)

Emmy Bryce performs “Infinity & Eternity” on Channel Ten’s ‘The Circle’

Matt Amery is a Sydney based singer-songwriter. His honest vocals, lyrical content and warm melodies take all who listen on an intimate and authentic journey into his life. His style is a gentle blend of soft rock, folk and country making this artist hard to pigeon hole but easy to remember. He is the lead singer from indie band Tin Sparrow.

Tin Sparrow – For You

I have booked a gorgeous venue for you. The Abbey is a spectacular function centre in Gold Creek Canberra that now specialises in Live Music. Tickets for the Launch are $20 and are available at The Abbey Website

Doors will open at 6.30 with the show kicking off at 7.30pm. Food and drinks will be avail from The Abbey’s gormet menu. Tables of ten are available and can be reserved if you want to get a group of friends together for the night.

So get out your diaries and book in 22nd September! xxx

My first review….. Yay!

Thanks to your support and LOVE i’ve received this super review!! Thanks all. Read & Enjoy :)

Artist: Amber Nichols
Album Title: Oh My Lullaby
Amber Nichols provides a much needed escape or vacation from life’s troubles for the few short minutes spent together on her debut EP Oh My Lullaby. Her soft voice, tender orchestrations and creative lyrics are all equally beautiful.

Setting the serene mood is “Apple Tree” with its peaceful piano and cello opener. The full production and bonnie references to daisy chains and blossom queens is lovely. Nichols makes excellent use of the background vocals and the gentle flute lilt at the end of each phrase is adorable.

In keeping with the nature references, “Hello Winter” is the companion song to the former. While “Apple Tree” was bursting with the gaiety of springtime, this second song is a definite change in both mood and season. Like the leave-ridden trees, the song is starker. Nichols does a fantastic job of portraying both a feeling of despair and hope as she sings, “Hello winter / hello grey skies… / but I’ll keep on till the thaw.”

A similar tone is heard in the ballad, “May You Find Love.” Nichols’ voice is so benevolent that even when melancholy it is devoid of utter despair. She seamlessly swells with the instrumentation and the purity of her performance in the bridge is one of the highlights of the EP. “This Time” follows a similar formula. Nichols’ honest singing beautifully blends with the background vocals and she cleanly lets her voice break and then breathlessly continue over the rises and falls, caressing each verse with exceptional quality.

The title track is more dramatic and could easily be found on the soundtrack to a romantic comedy. After the first chorus ending with, “You’re a work of art, born to dance among the stars,” there is a cute jumpy melody played by bells that gives the impression of a happy dancer. However, later on in the song and through the coda, this same melody and instrumentation is cleverly modified to play the familiar theme from Brahms’ lullaby.
Nichols continues to take creative liberty with proverbial adages. In “Thief” as in the simile “like a thief in the night,” one of the memorable phrases she uses is, “the clocks forget to tick tock.” Then she delightfully plays on that theme and vocalizes the tick tocks adding depth to the strings and bells. The cool, playful vibe of this piece gives it the greatest potential as a radio single.

Adding to the integrity of Oh My Lullaby is that Nichols penned all of the songs herself. Her style can be compared to the likes of Dido and Sarah McLachlan who sound both angelic and completely human at the same time. This collection is an excellent start to hopefully many more original works from the charming and talented Australian.

Review by Kelly O’Neil
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

EP is coming soon

Hi friends the countdown to the launch of my debut ep begins! It has been a longtime in the making and I’m very proud of the final product and cant wait to share it with you.

Going solo whilst terrifying at first has been a wonderful journey of self discovery. Finding my own musical identity and my feet as a songwriter with the help of some fabulous industry greats has given me wings.

I have fond memories of wintery days spent warming ourselves by the oven and pots of tea with James Roche while we wrote hello winter and may you find love.

I smile when I recall Barb crying when we got a lyric right and Adi playing air drums when he got excited about a track. :)

Steve Balbi telling me my voice was special.

Such precious memories and the reason I am excited to tell you that the ep will be avail for you all to hear, see and touch on 20/07/2012

Watch this space :)

Amber
Xxx

Hello!

I’m not sure how it is that you found your way but so nice to find you here.  So this is my attempt to create a website and it’s kinda working???? I’ll let you decide.

I think this will be a great place for us to share our stories.  For those who like to be in the know, lots of things happening.  Super excited to attend Song Summit this weekend. I’ll be networking my little bum off and pimping my music out to anyone who dare catches my eye! Look out! Over the moon about seeing my all time fav artist Imogen Heap.

Then heading back down to Melbourne to hit the studio with Barb and Adie at The SongStore. Time to finish off the  EP. Only 2 tracks to go now then i’m done and can finally get it out to you! Really can’t wait to share the songs with you. It’s been a while in the making but we got there.

Got some video’s in the works too so watch this space.

Excited  xxx