Word from Amber Archive

June 6, 2019

Greetings out there! We’ve had a beautiful spring in the desert, and the garden is flourishing. 

The almost-summer temperatures descended upon us this week, and we’ll be breaking 100 degrees Fahrenheit soon. And then, the gardening will change...just like life, changing with the seasons. Every moment is precious and sacred if we intend it to be. 

The last couple months, I have been busy creating. I’ve had the privilege of writing songs for a couple commission projects and am in the process of recording them. I’ll share more info about that soon. 

My band and I have a special show coming up at Unity in the Valley on summer solstice. We’d love if you would join us. We’ll be debuting some new songs, and it’ll be all around a fantastic evening. And…if you’re up for a solstice adventure in the heat, there is a labyrinth that you can walk right outside the venue. You can get tickets here: https://ambernorgaard.com/event/2619432/490982737/unity-concert-featuring-amber-s-band 

I’m taking time this summer to write for a new album and won't be touring. However, next summer will be a different story, so stay tuned. 

Onward we go. Peace and grace to you as we continue through the seasons of change. 

Amber

February 8, 2019

A BIG thank you to Stubby’s House of Christmas for reviewing my “Be the Peace” album. Check it out here:   http://www.stubbyschristmas.com/home/dont-you-forget-about-these 

I recently wrapped up a song collaboration with artist Diana Madaras and filmmaker Sandra Levine in honor of the Madaras Gallery 20th Anniversary Celebration. Diana awoke to her calling later in life – a story with which I resonate becoming a musician after having a nursing career. It was interesting to lyrically weave in the theme of following one's call with the imagery of Diana's paintings. The song serves as a soundscape to a video produced by Sandra Levine that features Diana's vibrant artwork. You can check out the “Poetry of Light” song and video below (or in the next column depending on your browser). 

I’m currently writing for my new singer/songwriter album that we’ll record this fall.  I’ve got new material and am digging into my “unfinished songs” archive to give life to the “old” in a “new” way. 

Isn’t that what life is? A constant re-invention of all the pieces of the past into each new day?  ‘Tis a beautiful journey.  I’ll keep you posted. 

I am beyond grateful for the community of support that I’ve had in the last 15 years of pursuing my musical dreams. 

Thank you for visiting my website. 

Wishing you peace as we continue to spin into 2019. 

Amber

December 17, 2018 

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has been supporting my latest creation "Be the Peace"! We had a sold-out CD Release celebration, and I've had a record number of CD sales. I am beyond grateful, and honestly, amazed. When I knew that I wanted to make a Christmas album, I thought, "hmmm...how am I ever going to pay off a project like that when I only sell it once a year?" Well, you all proved my worries wrong, and my Mom right (she's the one that's been asking me to do a holiday album for years!). Thank you for buying my CDs, downloading, streaming online and helping me to make future recordings. And thank you to the stellar musicians who recorded this project with me. Such an intriguing array of sounds you brought to this music.  

If you'd like to order a CD, I've got a holiday special going on. You can order CDs through my website and type in HOLIDAY for the Discount Code to get 25% off your order. You can also find this newest album digitally on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Premium Music, Spotify and CDBaby. 

 Thank you for visiting my website. It's an honor to communicate (and sing to you) from afar. May we raise each other up. 

Wishing you peace this holiday season, 

Amber

November 22, 2018

I'm excited to release my first holiday album called "Be the Peace". You're welcome to order CDs HERE. You can also find it digitally on iTunesApple MusicAmazon Premium MusicSpotify and CDBaby. I never anticipated doing a holiday/Christmas album until the last few years when my mom has been asking for one. This year, I decided, "Yes, I'm gonna do it!" As it would turn out, my mom was onto something -- I had SO MUCH fun recording these songs with my fabulous musician friends in the studio. 

A BIG THANK YOU to all these folks for helping me make this creation: Steven Lee Tracy (production, percussion), Jay Trapp (bass), Ralph Gilmore (drums), Danny Krieger (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). 

I have a CD release celebration and holiday concert on November 28th, 7p at Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley, AZ. Click here for info & tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3738481. It’ll be a super fun show with the crew of musicians who contributed their musical genius to this new album. We'll play songs off the album, as well as a fun selection of other holiday songs that will feature everyone.  For those who attend, you can get the new album for a discounted special of $10! 

Wishing you peace, 

Amber

October 15, 2018

Hello out there! 

Happy autumn to those in the northern hemisphere and spring to those south of the equator. It’s one of my favorite times of year here in the desert as temps cool and life settles down for the winter. And...’tis the perfect time to make a holiday album! 

I just finished recording 10 tracks for my new ”Be the Peace” holiday album that will be released on November 28th. I’d love for you to join me at my CD release celebration and holiday concert at Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley, AZ. Click here for info & tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3738481. It’s going to be a super fun show with many of the musicians that contributed their musical genius to this new album. 

Speaking of fun, I did an interview last week with Kathy & Aspen from KXCI 91.3 Broad Perspectives show. I enjoyed chatting about my past adventures being a nurse in the Dominican Republic, Oregon and Alaska, and about my current musical adventures. 

Thank you for visiting my website! If you’d like to keep track of the Amber-happenings, feel free to sign up on my mail list and follow my Facebook Page

Wishing you peace, 

Amber 
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September 6, 2018 

Greetings! 

Thank you to all who made my musical adventure through the Midwest a success last month.  

I'm back in the Sonoran desert and just finished a full schedule of shows and am working on writing for two song commissions and a holiday album. More to come about this soon. 

It's because of all of you that I can continue to create music and live from my heart. Thank you for making it possible.  

Amber
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July 12, 2018

Hello out there! 

I am BEYOND excited to release the Take It Higher video for the Multanen Legacy Scholarship Fund. What a journey of personal growth it's been for me as I learned about their mission and the Finnish value of SISU for this song/video project.

May we all dig deep within our hearts amidst the trials and tribulations of life, tap into our inner "SISU" to stay the course, "be the love we came here to be" and "Take It Higher." 


With love and light, 
Amber