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Roots Run Deep: CD
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YOU SET THE PRICE! If you contribute more than the minimum ($12.50), you will receive lyrics, AND you'll help Amber to continue creating music. If you'd like Amber to sign the CD, please include instructions. Price includes shipping.

ABOUT THE ALBUM: Produced by Steven Lee Tracy (Saint Cecilia Studios), tracks feature musicians Doug Floyd (electric guitars, acoustic guitar), Jay Trapp (bass), Ralph Gilmore (drums), Joe Ferguson (mandolin, harmony vocals), Seth Murzyn (viola, violin), Michael G. Ronstadt (cello), Alex Flores (tenor sax), Carla Brownlee (tenor/baritone sax), Tyrone Williams (backup vocals/arrangements), and Justine Boswell (backup vocals).

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Be the Peace: CD
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Be the Peace: CD

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Possibility: CD
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Possibility: CD

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POSSIBILITY CD REVIEW by Judy Jennings From Blogspot "Judy Jennings: Notes From Around Tucson"

“There were days I lost my way, and now I see The way home revealed to me In the Breath of Life, the Breath of Love The breath we all breathe as One . . . Where we are free, we are free” (From “Possibility”)

What’s so unique about Amber Norgaard?

It’s no one thing in particular. It’s everything, together. While Norgaard is an accomplished songwriter, vocalist and pianist, the incredible magnetism of her music is to be found in the message it delivers. Norgaard is on a mission that’s “not about the money or the name,” and that “goes deeper than fame” (from “Alchemy”). Amber Norgaard’s mission is about using her musical talent as an instrument for healing on a mass level. “Possibility”, from its exuberant opening track to meditative outro, is a reflection of that intention.

“It feels like a communion with something bigger,” Norgaard says of “Possibility”, referring both to her message and to the spirit of collaboration that went into the making of the album. Co-produced by Norgaard and Steven Lee Tracy of Saint Cecilia Studios, “Possibility” is Norgaard’s most sophisticated effort to date. While four previous CDs provide an excellent platform for her uplifting lyrics and soaring vocals, “Possibility” marries that with powerful instrumentation and masterful studio mixing that lifts this album to another level.

As are most of Norgaard’s songs, “Possibility” is filled with metaphors based on the connection between human beings and the natural world. “Everything I experience goes into what I’m writing, from day to day interactions, to nature, to what’s going on in the world,” Norgaard says. “The life cycle continues on and on. A lot of that comes into my music.”

The title track is a celebration of spiritual and emotional release, symbolized by the hummingbird. Nick Coventry is uncanny in his channeling of the bird, with his swooping, insistent viola, vibrating against the soothing background of Michael G. Rondstadt’s cello. The bluesy breakdown in the middle of the song where the gospel choir comes in is one of the most fun parts of the album.

“Alchemy,” the first track, pays homage to Norgaard’s midwestern roots. In fact, the song is dedicated to her Dad, who’s still working the family farm in Iowa where she grew up. A rock and roll anthem about the power of the land and the power of choice, this song features Norgaard’s long-time band members Doug “Hurricane” Floyd wailing on guitar, Jay Trapp on bass, and Sabra Faulk on harmony vocals, along with Ralph Gilmore on drums and Steven Lee Tracy on the organ.

“Possibility” ranges from the intimate solo acoustics of “Made Of Light,” to Norgaard’s rewritten version of the classic “Morning Has Broken”, complete with a clapping, stomping choir finale, to the blue collar rock and roll of “Alchemy”.

One of the most powerful songs on the album, though, is a bluegrass-infused number that’s among Norgaard’s most recent songs.

When you think about it, Amber Norgaard has three fan bases; the folk-rock community, the spiritual community, and the community organizations with which she works. “Wide Open” is a song that plays to all three audiences. Big enough that anyone could read anything into it, this highly sing-able song might become a groovy hymn, or as Norgaard puts it, simply relate to a personal “journey of depth and resurrection.” Doug Floyd’s electric twang and the acoustic finger-picking of Joe Ferguson craft a joyful bluegrass sound through which Norgaard sings her way from darkness into light, and makes us believe we can do that, too.

“Possibility” is the result of a state of creative explosion that has consumed Amber Norgaard for the past year, a brilliant showcase for her evolving talent, and a promise that there’s more where that came from. Judging from Norgaard’s talent, dedication, and commitment to serving a higher purpose with her music, the possibilities seem limitless.

Used by permission. Copyright © 2015 by Judy Jennings. http://judyjennings.blogspot.com/2015/08/new-cd-review-amber-norgaard-releases.html

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Unexpected Grace: CD
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Unexpected Grace: CD

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In a world of distraction and much unrest, Amber's "Unexpected Grace" album offers a refuge for the heart and a home for the soul.

The title track was written for filmmaker Marcus De Leon's documentary film project with the Tucson Wildlife Center, a southern Arizona rescue organization that rehabilitates wild animals who have been hurt and then releases them back to the wild. However, it is a song for the masses...as everyone "come(s) broken," has to overcome "road blocks to love," and learns to let go into the grace of connecting to heal and transform.

Amber wrote "Light to the World" on the winter solstice of 2010. As fate would have it, she played it live within a few weeks of composing it at the candlelight vigil outside of Representative Gabrielle Giffords' office for a community in mourning after the January 8, 2011 shootings in Tucson, Arizona.

"Stones to Judgment Day" was written for filmmaker Allex Gregoire's short film "Perceptions," a story about the atrocities that occur when people judge one another and act upon those judgments. Norgaard's knack for poignant lyrics does not fall short in this song: "Why, why does it take tragedy to make us see...why we've got to be the change that sets us free."

Throughout this album, Norgaard weaves a poetical tapestry of hope and inspiration with a soul filling musical delivery. Her passionate vocal delivery, eloquent lyrics and beautiful piano/cello/guitar song arrangements will touch your heart and ignite your soul. Sit back, close your eyes and breathe...and experience the peace of this music.

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Long Way Home: CD
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Long Way Home: CD

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"The title cut offers glimpses into Norgaard's roots on the Iowa prairie, fusing present and past through a homecoming for a final goodbye. Here and on most of the rest of the album, the emotions are heartfelt, delivered w/ a quiet passion and authenticity. "One Flame" is a beautiful simple and poignant love song, while "Listen to the Wind," a playful bit of blues rock, and "Overtaken," closer to country than anything else, provide unexpected color and dimension." ~Jim Lipson, Tucson Weekly

The album features Amber on vocals, piano and acoustic guitar, Tucson-area music award winners Doug "Hurricane" Floyd on electric guitar and Jay Trapp on bass, Michael G. Ronstadt on cello, and GRAMMY nominee Will Clipman on drums. Special guests appearances by Craig Schumacher on harmonica and Duncan Stitt on keyboards. The album was recorded at A Writer's Room (Tucson, AZ) and mixed at Wavelab Studio (Tucson, AZ).

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Soul In Motion: CD
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Enter the world of a young songwriter. Amber's rawest work...her debut album, recorded both in Alaska and Arizona while she was a nurse exploring the beginning of her musical dream.

"Her lyrics don't paint a picture, they grab your arm." - Iowa Entertaining

Cover art features the commissioned "Soul In Motion" painting by Frank Balaam.

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