A B O U T A M B E R
Amber is fortunate to be one of the most sought after vocal coaches in the Bay Area. Amber has been coaching vocalists for over 10 years, her approach to developing the voice offers a new and healthful perspective. Amber’s mission is to empower her clients with tools that will allow them to take their vocal skills to an entirely new level. Through her own bout with an illness, acid reflux, Amber’s loss of vocal range set her on her life path. Through determination and labor of love, Amber was not only able to rehabilitate herself, but she takes this knowledge into her vocal training, offering singers a compassionate and judgement free environment to work through vocal issues and discover their potential. Amber’s work with professional singers includes this list:
• ARNEL PINEDA, Lead Singer, JOURNEY
• JONATHAN CAIN, Grammy Winning Singer-Songwriter, JOURNEY
• ROZZI CRANE, Lead Singer, ROZZI CRANE BAND
• BONNIE HAYES, Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter
• MARK KARAN, Lead singer, THE MARK KARAN BAND, RAT DOG,
• ERIC LEVY, Keyboardist/Support Vocalist, NIGHT RANGER
• TOMMY CASTRO, Singer/Guitarist/BB King Blues Entertainer
Amber's students have appeared on national television series such as E! True Hollywood Story, American Idol, The Sing Off, MTV's Rock The Cradle and America's Got Talent. Many of Amber's teen students choose to pursue their singing further and have gone on to study at schools such as Berklee College of Music, The New School for Jazz NYC, USC’s Thornton Contemporary Pop Program, Belmont University, The London Centre of Contemporary Music, Carnegie Mellon School of Acting/Music Theatre. Amber must be doing something right, she has high numbers attending these schools. She has worked with 3 of 4 voice students admitted into the competitive popular music program at USC's Thornton School of Music in it’s first year, 2009; 2 of 4 voice students admitted in it’s 3rd year 2011, and 2 of 4 were accepted in 2012, its 4th year. Amber has trained 6 vocalists currently enrolled at Berklee College of Music, 2 in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Acting/Music and 2 at Nashville’s Belmont University.
A California native, and transplant from Los Angeles, Amber grew up in the thriving SF Bay Area music scene of the early 70’s. Her mother’s experiences as a vocalist left a deep imprint, as she spent playtime backstage during concerts of legends in music history. As a shy 11 yr old, Amber was introduced to the stage through dance, where she found herself at home for the first time. By the age of 15, Amber cut her teeth singing backgrounds in her uncle's reggae band, Smoke, Inc. She went on to pay her dues playing the Bay Area club scene in search of the elusive record deal with various original projects, most notably Psychefunkapus and Burning TV. As a vocalist, Amber has performed in the capacity of both lead and background with many of the Bay Area’s own music royalty. Amber has been a member of several all-star bands performing and singing backgrounds with the following:
• THE RONNIE MONTROSE MEMORIAL ALL-STAR BAND: Frank Hannon (Tesla), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Tal Morris (CCR), Jimmy Paxon (Stevie Nicks), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Eric Singer & Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger)
• TIM HOCKENBERRY (America’s Got Talent)
• VILLAGE MUSIC ALL-STAR BAND: Sammy Hagar, Narada Michael Walden, Annie Sampson, Austin deLone, Jonathan Korty,
• THE ERIC MARTIN BAND
Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Denise Martin (EMB), Tal Morris (CCR), Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake)
• ALMOST PABLO CRUISE:
David Jenkins (Pablo Cruise), Cory Lerios (Pablo Cruise) with Bonnie Hayes, and Skylar Jett
• MARK KARAN BAND (Other Ones, Rat Dog)
• THE BLUE BEAR ALL-STAR BAND:
Booker T. Jones, Vernon Black (Mariah Carey), Bonnie Hayes, Vicki Randle (Tonight Show), John Mader (Wicked)
• LARA JOHNSTON and her ALL-STAR BAND:
Lara Johnston, Tom Johnston (Doobie Bros.), Tony Lindsay (Santana), Marc Russo (Yellowjackets), Terry Miller (Steve Miller Band), Mic Gilette (Tower of Power)
• ROZZI CRANE BAND
• MADISON CAIN BAND
Madi Cain, Jonathan Cain (Journey), Tal Morris (CCR), Darryl Anders (Tower/Power), Chris Collins (Big Bro & the Holding Co.)
• Y & T
• JIMMY DILLON (Clarence Clemons Band)
• VINCE WELNICK & Friends (Grateful Dead)
• SHAKA RA and the WORLD POP MACHINE:
Shaka Ra Mutela (Papa Wembe), Tal Morris (CCR), Celso Alberty (Airto & Flora Purim), Marquino Brazil (Santana)
• MICHAEL CARABELLO & Friends featuring Leslie Smith (Chaka Khan) Bernie Worell (Talking Heads)
• CLARENCE CLEMONS and RAUL REKOW (Santana), Studio - "Sacred Chants" unpublished
• JESSE COLIN YOUNG – Studio
• TED NUGENT - "Love Grenade", “Girl Scout Cookies”
• TOMMY CASTRO BAND - album "Hard Believer"
• MARK KARAN - Studio tracks album "Walk Through the Fire"
• MUSIC FOR LITTLE PEOPLE - various tracks
• KING OF THE HILL, background track for TV
• SESAME STREET, lead vocal track
• The Ronnie Montrose Memorial All-Star Band, 5/12 DVD of show to be released soon, Filmed at Regency Ballroom, SF
• Huey Lewis & the News – “Soulsville” video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waRH4v0pQL0
• Huey Lewis & the News -"Respect Yourself" video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP11dikMicE
• EveryDay People Prod. – “We Stand For Change” video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ch3tUGuPa4
UP AND COMING TALENT NURTURED AT AMBER'S STUDIO, THE SUNFLOWER ROOM
Amber coached rising star, Rozzi Crane, Adam Levine's first artist for his new label 222 Records. A four song EP that became the soundtrack for a LifeTime movie, entitled "Sins of the Mother", Jill Scott's acting debut was produced by Tal Morris (CCR) and Eric Levy (Night Ranger), and Amber who produced the vocals and co-arranged backgrounds. Crane tours with Maroon 5 SPRING '13, Featured on ‘Come Away to the Water’ with Maroon 5, Hunger Games soundtrack. Here’s a favorite performance of Rozzi at Amber’s Alumni Show in 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4jTr_s-3z4
Country star Madison Cain's single entitled "Dirt" has been getting airplay on XM radio's 20 on 20 and The Highway:
Stay tuned for some genius musical collaborations between Madison and Miles Schon who were the opening act for Journey at Budokan and all over Japan in March 2013.
Former songwriting team and Amber students, Liv Gibson and Evan Galante collaborated on a 4 song EP, co-produced by Bill Gibson of Huey Lewis and the News and Amber Morris. The songs are a collection of a passing fancy of Country/Pop influenced tunes, entitled Liv Gibson “FOR NOW”, and can be found on iTunes. Enjoy this sample of a newer song entitled “Summer Sweetheart”, http://soundcloud.com/livgibson/summer-sweetheart-final-mp3
Devon Baldwin is one half of the genius collaboration called Johanna Fay produced by the talented rapper/producer/entrepeneur G-Eazy. Devon co-wrote and was featured recently on G-Eazy's EP and music video "Plastic Dreams". Keep an eye out for Devon Baldwin…Check out the “Plastic Dreams” video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2s6JiVYpwM
Amanda Wooning's debut song with the Reefer Twins is long overdue. Recent transplants from Phil Tans studio in Atlanta, GA took a shine to 15 year old Amanda when I brought her in to demo a song for Colombian Artist, Shakira. Long story short, Amanda nailed it, the song will be on Shakira’s new album – and now the Reefer Twins are working with an incredible young artist who can really hold her own! Stay tuned!
Last summer the talented Desiree Wattis holed up at Bob Weirs’ TRI Studios to record her debut album. The project went into overtime and relocated to her home in SF which was wired like no other! Engineer Brad Dollar, and a host of talented young musicians put down some poetically earthy music that exudes character, taste and authenticity. Des and I worked on vocals for one special track and I can’t wait to hear the rest…genius.
Workshop and Group Teaching:
2008 – Present Vocal Summer Workshop Series, Director: Amber Morris, 5 yrs providing specialized workshops for teen vocalists.
2012 – 2013 Marin Academy, Musical Director: Robert Schleeter. Hands-on vocal & performance coaching & critiques all levels of bands
2011- 2012 Marin Academy, Professional Musician Workshop Mentor for upper level performing classes.
2007 Marin Academy, Workshop specialist on technique with chorus class
2009 Marin Country Day School, Musical Director: Matt Silverman, Corte Madera Hands-on vocal performance coaching for 8th grade play.
2008 & 2009 Blue Bear School of American Music, Director: Bonnie Hayes, San Francisco
Co-taught Summer Camps with Bonnie Hayes. Vocal & performance coaching for teens and pre-teens, all styles of popular music.
2007, 2008 Blue Star Music Camps, Director: Jimmy Dillon, San Anselmo
Co-taught Summer Camps with Jimmy Dillon, Bonnie Hayes. Vocal and performance coaching teens and pre-teens all styles of popular music.
2005 Timba Charter School, Director: Catherine Tiffin, Fairfax - Taught group vocal technique and performance to pre-teens.
SHOW and EVENT PRODUCTION
AUG 2012 EcoFest, sponsored by Teens Turning Green & Whole Foods, Sausalito, CA
JUN 2012 Amber Morris Summer Workshop Acoustic & Raw Show, Sleeping Lady, Fairfax
JUN 2012 Amber Morris Summer Workshop Classic Rock & Soul Show, Sleeping Lady, Fairfax
MAY 2012 Amber Morris Voice Coaching Showcase, George’s Nightclub, San Rafael
MAY 2012 Amber Morris Voice Coaching Showcase, George’s Nightclub, San Rafael
JUL 2011 Amber Morris Summer Workshop Classic Rock Show, Sleeping Lady Fairfax
JUN 2011 Amber Morris Summer Workshop Acoustic , Sleeping Lady Fairfax
JUN 2011 Amber Morris Voice Coaching Alumni Show, Southern Pacific Smokehouse Novato
MAY 2011 Amber Morris Voice Coaching Showcase, George’s Nightclub - Sr San Rafael
MAY 2011 Amber Morris Voice Coaching Showcase, George’s Nightclub - Jr San Rafael
DEC 2010 Bread & Roses Christmas Show, Convalescent Hospital Terra Linda
MAY 2010 Rozzi Crane Show, Larkspur Food and Flower Festival Main Stage Larkspur
MAY 2010 Amber Morris Voice Coaching Showcase, Rancho Nicasio Nicasio
DEC 2009 Bread & Roses Concert, Convelescent Hospital Terra Linda
DEC 2009 Bread & Roses Concert, After School Program Novato
NOV 2009 Bread & Roses Concert, Men’s Substance Rehabilitation Center Novato
OCT 2009 Wine Women & Song, Breast Cancer Benefit, Sleeping Lady Fairfax
AUG 2009 Madison Cain Showcase, Performing Arts Theater Sacramento
AUG 2009 Teens Turning Green, featuring Rozzi, Devon, Lara , Madi & Desiree Corte Madera
JUL 2009 Amber Morris Summer Workshop Series, Acoustic at Teens Turning Green Corte Madera
JUN 2009 Amber Morris Summer Workshop Series, Classic Rock, at BASS San Rafael
JUN 2009 Rozzi Crane Show, Main Stage, North Beach Festival San Francisco
JUN 2009 Rozzi Crane Show, Italian Street Painting Festival San Rafael
MAY 2009 Amber Morris Voice Coaching Showcase, 42 Throckmorton Theater Mill Valley
MAY 2009 Rozzi Crane Showcase, Bay Area Sound Studios (BASS) San Rafael
APR 2009 Project Green Prom featuring Amanda, Alexa, Ania Corte Madera
JUL 2008 Amber Morris Summer Workshop Series, Acapella Bread & Roses perform. San Rafael
JUN 2008 Devon, Rozzi, Olivia & Lela (Vox Voodoo) Italian Street Painting San Rafael
JUN 2008 Amber Morris Summer Series; Jazz Standards Workshop: Rassella’s Show San Francisco
JUN 2006 Amber Morris Voice Coaching Showcase, Larkspur Café Theater Larkspur
JUN 2005 Amber Morris Voice Coaching Showcase, Café Amsterdam Fairfax