Amber Louise Lawrence (born 19 April 1978) is an Australian country music singer-songwriter, with four albums, an EP, and a number of awards to her credit. After being nominated six times before, she won the Golden Guitar Award for Female Artist of the Year in 2015 for her fourth album, Superheroes.
Lawrence grew up in the Sydney suburb of Mascot. She attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Sydney where she completed the Higher School Certificate in 1995, including a place in the Order of Merit List. After graduating from the University of New South Wales with a commerce degree and working for six years as a chartered accountant for Qantas, Lawrence became a full-time musician.
She has released a debut EP, I've Got The Blues, and four full-length albums to date: The Mile (2007), When It All Comes Down (2009), 3 (2011) and Superheroes (2014).
Lawrence was nominated for "Independent Country Album of the Year" by the Australian Independent Record Labels Association for her debut album, The Mile. In 2008, she was nominated for the Golden Guitar for "Female Artist of the Year" and "New Talent". In 2009, she won the Golden Guitar "People's Choice Award" for "Female Artist of the Year", as well as being nominated for "Female Artist of the Year", "APRA Song of the Year" and "Video Clip of the Year," capping it off with an APRA nomination for "Country Work of the Year" for the single "Good Girls". In 2010, she won "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the Victorian National Country Music Awards, and was nominated for "Best Independent Country Album" at the Independent Music Awards; she also won the new Golden Guitar category of "Horizon Award", while her album When It All Comes Down was nominated three times. In 2012 and 2013, Lawrence was again nominated for the Golden Guitar "Female Artist of the Year". In 2014, Lawrence was nominated for "Female Artist of the Year" at the Australian Club Entertainment Awards.
In 2015 Lawrence was awarded the Golden Guitar for Best Female Artist of the Year, the Australian Bush Laureate Award for Contemporary Song Lyric of the Year and was nominated for Heritage Song of the Year, both for "The Lifesaver". The song is especially meaningful to her, as it deals with her family's response to her father's stroke. She was also named CMC Music Video Channel's "Female Oz Artist of the Year".
She has been nominated in the CMC Top 20 Artists of the Year five years running, and is the winner of six Southern Star Independent Awards, including "Independent Album of the Year" (twice), "APRA/AMCOS Independent Country Music Single of the Year" (twice), "Independent Artist of the Year", "Independent Female Artist of the Year (twice). Fourteen of her singles have either reached #1, top 5 or top 10 on the Country Music Radio Chart and CMC Video Charts.
Lawrence performs over 100 shows per year, including an extensive schools mentor performance programme, having already notched up over 200 performances around the country for kids. Lawrence has performed and is featured at many of the leading country music festivals, such as Gympie Muster, CMC Rocks The Hunter and QLD, Mildura Music Festival, Deni Ute Muster, Caboolture, Mudbulls & Music, Derwent Valley Festival, etc. She has toured with the likes of Lee Kernaghan, The McClymonts,Adam Harvey, Melinda Schneider, Sunny Cowgirls, and Kaylens Rain, and event tours such as Chic Frontier.
Over the years, she has also been a supporter of Australia's military, performing for the troops both abroad and at various events around the country. In 2007, she played in East Timor, and in 2013, she was in the Sinai, entertaining Australian and coalition forces. Her song "Man Across The Street" is about a returned veteran; it resulted in her 2013 Golden Guitar nomination for "Best Female Artist of the Year".
Lawrence is an ambassador for the Special Olympics.
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