April 18, 2013 at 12:29 am #2143
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 Randall (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)
T E S T I M O N I A L S
Keyboard player, songwriter & vocalist, JOURNEY
“As keyboard player in the band, Journey for thirty years, as well as being a producer I have had the pleasure of writing, performing and recording with unique voices like Steve Perry, John Waite, and Michael Bolton and most recently- Arnel Pineda. At the heart of all of these gifted singers were the principles of rhythmic phrasing, effortless tone and capturing the right character for each song that was being performed. -as a result I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best in the business.
Amber Morris is an innovative voice teacher who teaches with the concepts of resonance and placement and applying these principles to performance. For the past five years she has worked with my nineteen year old – daughter, Madison and I have been delighted in the improvements Amber has brought about with Madison in the recording studio and on stage.
Amber has also worked with our band’s new lead singer, Arnel Pineda with placement and diction and helped him deal with the rigors of extensive touring. The regimen and maintenance of a touring vocalist must be disciplined and precise and using Skype Amber was able to get his voice on track.
Last year I started lessons with Amber and had the best singing year on the road that I can remember. She has helped me open up and gotten my tone much more resonant than it was when I started. I have personally recommended her to various singers and any one who does public speaking.”October 13, 2016 at 10:55 pm #7317
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