Amber Norgaard grew up on an Iowa farm and had a calling to be of service to the world. After graduating Creighton University School of Nursing, she set off to do volunteer work as a community health nurse in the Dominican Republic and Oregon.
Eventually, she settled in southwestern Alaska, working as a nurse with a tribal health corporation. During this time, Amber discovered that music was a source of connection for people - transcending language and cultural barriers, relaying messages, evoking emotions and potentially facilitating healing on a profound level.
In 2004, Amber left Alaska to pursue a musical dream. Since then, the nurse-turned-musician has released five full-length albums and one acoustic EP. She was the 2007 Up & Coming Artist of the Year in the Tucson Area Music Awards (TAMMIES), has received several honors from international songwriting competitions and placed second out of nearly 100 bands at the California-based Winery Music Awards. TUCSON LIFESTYLE magazine comments "solo, or with her band, she has proved to be a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with...the petite powerhouse is one part poet, one part social crusader." Indeed, she has an ability to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. Her compassionate life experience and knack for the healing arts shine through in her music.
Amber tours nationally. She has opened for Judy Collins, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. She has performed at events such as the Winery Music Awards (Paso Robles, CA), the Invasion of the GoGirls at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX, the Provincetown Women’s Kickass Independent Songwriters showcase (Provincetown, MA), Big Arizona Music Festival (Tucson, AZ), McDowell Mountain Music Festival (Scottsdale, AZ), the Alaska Women’s Music Festival (Anchorage & Fairbanks, AK), the Sedona Jam Emerging Artist Music Festival (Sedona, AZ), and multiple festivals, street and art fairs, charity events, theaters, schools and many other venues nationwide.
In addition to performing, Amber writes songs for film projects and humanitarian organizations. She also speaks on the topic of "Music as a Healing Art & Instrument for Social Change" at colleges. She has toured with the Canadian-based White Tiger's Girl Conference events, raising awareness for violence prevention and sexual assault issues among adolescents and young adults.