Three of the country’s most talented and well known country songbirds, Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds and Christie Lamb have collaborated to form the Girls Of Country tour… FOCUS chats to front woman Amber Lawrence about the upcoming tour and her journey so far…
Hi Amber. Take us back to where music first entered your life; what was it that captivated you?
When I was 22 years old, I was given a guitar for a christmas present! That was my first taste of original music – before that, I was always interested in singing, but by learning guitar I was able to find my own voice, and my own songs. I pretty much hid in my bedroom for the next three years honing my craft, learning guitar, writing songs, before releasing my first album in 2007. Things then kicked on from there, with me winning my first Golden Guitar in 2015.
Being such a musically inspired woman, how did you keep your creative side alive?
I like to allocate time to be creative. I’m not the kind of person who can just be creative at the drop of the hat. I like to schedule days when I can switch everything off and start thinking outside the square!
What are some of the accolades you’ve received over the years?
Most recently I was awarded the Country Music Association of Australia Golden Guitar for Female Artist of the Year – that was the most amazing experience! I also won the Country Music Channel Award for Female Oz Artist of the Year, that too was such a thrill. In January 2015 I was awarded the Bush Laureate Award for best contemporary lyrics for my song, The Lifesaver.
What’s been the biggest highlight of you successful career so far?
So many highlights – including winning my first Golden Guitar, selling out my first show at the Tamworth Country Music festival, and also another highlight has been entertaining our troops in Egypt, The Sinai and East Timor.
Introduce us to your latest venture, Girls Of Country…
The Girls Of Country show is a brand new touring concept fronted by me – Amber Lawrence – and featuring guest country artists, Aleyce Simmonds and Christie Lamb. The Girls Of Country Tour takes a leaf out of the former sellout show Songbirds (Beccy Cole, Gina Jeffreys and Sara Storer) to feature the new breed of award winning female country artists, who are leading the pack and resurgence of country music in Australia.
In a two hour show, audiences can not only expect to hear the hits from three of the hottest young female country artists today, but they will also be treated to some very special “trio” performances and putting a twist on things. Each artist will perform their own version of each other’s hit songs, so get ready to hear something completely unique and a different version of a song you love!
You’re heading to Forster with the show this month, what can we look forward to at the show?
So much fun – three artists who love touring together and will sing not only their radio and video hits, but also a good selection of covers that the girls will sing together! We sing our own sets, and then lots of songs together. The audience reaction around Australia so far has been great, so we can’t wait to come to Forster!
Where do you find your inspiration to write?
The most common places I find inspiration are in family, and everyday occurrences such as love, life and loss. But country music listeners love a good story, so I do look out for good stories about ordinary Australians, and love writing those songs as well.