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A New Beginning

Amber Norgaard

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Amber Norgaard created "A New Beginning" for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s (HSSA's) New Beginnings Canine program – a program where Department of Corrections (DOC) crew members train dogs that require special behavioral attention to help make them more adoptable. Not only do the four-legged ones receive the care and attention they need to help with socialization, but fellow DOC community members become more deeply rooted in purpose and humanity by taking part in this meaningful partnership. Song proceeds will benefit this program.

The song features production and engineering by Steven Lee Tracy, Amber on keys and vocals, signature electric guitar riffs by Doug Floyd, Jay Trapp (bass) and Ralph Gilmore (drums) holding down a strong rhythm section, and mastering by Adam Boose (Cauliflower Audio Mastering).

Thank you to the generous donors who made this program and song possible, and thank you to HSSA for their amazing work making our world a better, more compassionate place.

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Take It Higher

Amber Norgaard

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"Every moment is our choice of how we want to be - to stay down or rise above, we write our own story" - lyrics from "Take It Higher".

Single release on April 22, 2018 Written for the Multanen Legacy Scholarship Fund. If you choose to contribute more than $0.98 to download the mp3, the extra proceeds will benefit http://www.multanenlegacy.org to help people who have been through hardship rebuild their lives through education.

Difficult situations open opportunities for us to dig deep within and tap into an inner strength and courage that we had not known existed. In doing this, we can prevail through the hardest of adversities, growing in ways we thought impossible.

This "prevailing" embodies the Finnish concept of "sisu" - a value that means forging on despite the odds, keeping hope alive no matter how dire the circumstance, and tapping deep within to the power of the human spirit to do what's right, honoring the greatest good, in a way that is beyond our perceived limitations...ultimately to prevail in the best way possible.

Amber Norgaard wrote "Take It Higher" for the Multanen Legacy Scholarship Fund, a scholarship foundation that helps people who have been through struggle, hardship and trauma to rebuild their lives through education. Education is power, and students who receive funding assistance embody this value of "sisu."

If you choose to contribute more than $0.98 to download the mp3, the extra proceeds from the song will benefit keeping this legacy of love alive: http://www.multanenlegacy.org

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Be the Peace

Amber Norgaard

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Amber Norgaard's debut holiday album released November 2018.

Sweet piano/string arrangements of traditional Christmas songs. A New Orleans-style-cover of Harry Connick Jr's "I Pray on Christmas". "I'll Be Home for Christmas" sung in English and Spanish. Amber's own original songs hitting straight to the heart including "Be the Peace" and "Light to the World". A heartland rock rendition of "Rudolph". A haunting, poignant version of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear." This album takes you fully through the dark and light times of the season.

For many years, Amber Norgaard's mom has been asking for a holiday album. Finally, in 2018, Amber decided life is short, and 'tis the season to make that album. Because holidays are about gathering with the ones you love, she asked her friends to be part of this new creation. The music and love poured into this album will uplift your holiday spirits.

Produced by Steven Lee Tracy and Amber Norgaard.

Musicians: Amber Norgaard (vocals, piano), Jay Trapp (bass), Ralph Gilmore (drums), Danny Krieger (electric guitar), Steven Lee Tracy (percussion, electric guitar), Sabra Faulk (harmony vocals, guitar), Alex Flores (sax), Seth Murzyn (viola), Casey Hadland (vibraphone), Nick Coventry (violin, viola), Michael G. Ronstadt (cello), Joe Ferguson (ukulele, mandolin, guitar), and Celeste Goguen Tracy (harmony vocals).

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Your love is (2016)

Your Love Is

Amber Norgaard

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A single release. Music that heals the heart and speaks to the soul. "Achingly beautiful..." ~Judy Jennings, Tucson Music Scene Writer

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Possibility (2015)

Possibility

Amber Norgaard

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From intimate piano/strings/acoustic guitar arrangements to blue collar rock-n-roll to hand-clappin'-foot-stompin' gospel choirs...music that heals hearts and connects souls.

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Single Releases

Together We Rise

Amber Norgaard

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"There's a call comin' from the sky Movin' us deep inside To give more than to take To fill in the hole, to fix the break." ~ lyrics from Amber Norgaard's "Together We Rise" song

Life gets murky and messy at times and humanity is driven to unite and rise from the ruin.

Such was the occasion when Amber Norgaard wrote "Together We Rise" for a short documentary film about a Southern Arizona community coming together to build an eagle flight rehab cage at Tucson Wildlife Center. The rehab cage is part of the efforts to help mend the suffering of large raptors that are ill due to lead poisoning and other consequences of human encroachment. Check out their work at www.tucsonwildlife.com.

The song features Amber's vocals and keyboards, as well as her long time bandmate Doug "Hurricane" Floyd driving the electric guitar riffs, Alvin Blaine adding the swampy dobro, Jay Trapp diggin' into the bass, and Junior Medina's high energy drums.

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It Takes All

Amber Norgaard

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It Takes All

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The extension of life happens in every act of loving kindness, as well as in the loving memories and life that live on after the earthly veil has lifted.

Amber wrote "IT TAKES ALL" for the Donor Family Tribute, an annual event hosted by Banner University Medical Center and the Donor Network of Arizona to honor organ/tissue donors and their families. When someone's life is helped because of the contribution of someone else who may no longer walk in the physical, this sacred connection transcends the veils of life. Families grieving the physical loss of their loved ones may feel a sense of comfort knowing that their loved one's life contributes to another...living on in other ways. And the recipients of this life are profoundly grateful for the gift of life.

"IT TAKES ALL" was also used by Melinda Peterson at the Garth England Blood Center annual donor appreciation night (Fort Collins, CO) in a gratitude presentation honoring those that donate blood. In 2014, Melinda received 54 blood products that saved her life. Read more about her story here: https://uchealth.org/news/blood-donors-thanked-for-saving-womans-life .

Thank you to Kim Hilty at Banner University Medical Center, Saint Cecilia Studios, Cauliflower Audio Mastering and Darci Slaten for helping sponsor this production. Thank you to Steven Lee Tracy for helping produce and contributing the guitar track to this recording.

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