Formed in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Mt Washington by an Australian, a New Zealander and an Iowan, The Amber is an indie-folk band, featuring rich, three-part vocal harmony. Their unique blend and sound draws influences from Fleetwood Mac, Mumford & Sons, and Simon & Garfunkel.
Australian-born, Libby Lavella (guitar, vocals) is a Grammy nominated singer who had already worked with a long list of LA’s heavy hitters including Quincy Jones, Wendy & Lisa (Prince) and Smash Mouth when she met Florence Hartigan (guitars, vocals). Hartigan was fresh off the boat from New Zealand, where she had just worked with Don McGlashan (The Muttonbirds) on her first single. The two Antipodeans, who had both forged solo careers in their own right, met in an acting class and quickly became musical collaborators, discovering a mutual love of vocal harmony and Neil Finn lyrics. The Amber as a band was fully realized when Ryland Shelton (keys, vocals, midwestern charm) joined the team after Hartigan invited him to rework harmonies for a cover song for her online project, “Taking Requests”. The song, an emotive re-work of “You’ll Never Find Me” (Ocean Colour Scene), has become a standard for the group. Before working with The Amber, Shelton appeared as performer and songwriter on recordings from Brooklyn recording artist-collective Crafty Harlots and from New York theatre composer Rob Rokicki, in addition to appearing live with jazz, experimental, and pop acts on both coasts.
Since the three joined together, The Amber has played shows in LA, New York, Pennsylvania, Palm Springs and even headlined The Big Horn Music Festival atop Mt Baldy. The end of 2014 saw the release of their debut self-titled EP produced by Michael Perfitt (Fiona Apple, Madonna, Joe Henry) on Melomania Productions.
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