Amber Norgaard | Soul In Motion

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Soul In Motion

by Amber Norgaard

Eclectic mix of poignant lyrics, passionate vocals and raw, heartfelt music that melds contemporary folk and light rock.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Soul in Motion
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2. Fly to the Heavens
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3. Bob Schmidt
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4. Both Sides
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5. Heed
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6. Still in Here
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7. Blessed Be This Mess
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8. Breathe Into Me
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9. Camino Del Diablo
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10. Unrest
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11. Nothing Ends
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"This talented artist recently appeared on the main stage at the Tucson Street Fair and last month at Bentley's...The stories she tells through her lyrics and keyboards will move you to laughter and melancholy. Truly a great songwriter and performer."
-Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea

"Amber wowed the crowds at the Just Desserts concert Saturday night..."
-Jon Grover, The Tundra Drums

"APRN Song of the Year Contest 2003...Category Winners: Others: Breathe Into Me-Amber Norgaard"
-2003 Alaska Public Radio Network

ABOUT THE ARTIST...
Amber grew up in Spencer, Iowa where she was exposed to music at an early age. It didn't take long for her to begin incorporating music into her life. When she was young, she learned to play the piano and saxophone. During her high school years, she sang and played music at various school functions. While in college, Amber lived in the Dominican Republic for a semester taking classes and volunteering as a student nurse. It was during this time that Amber first began to teach herself how to play guitar.

After graduating from Creighton University with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing, Amber spent the summer volunteering with Creighton University's Institute for Latin American Concern in the Dominican Republic. She then continued to work for two years as a volunteer nurse in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She spent her first year in Oregon and her second year in Alaska. During this time, songwriting became a means to process social injustice situations that she encountered through her work and daily life.

After finishing her second year of volunteerism, Amber decided to continue living in Bethel, Alaska working as a nurse. During her six years living there, she continued to foster her love for music and began to develop her skills as a singer/songwriter. She played for small local venues and eventually decided to pursue her music aspirations with more commitment and put her music on a CD.

2003 was a busy year for Amber. Her song "Breathe Into Me" placed as a semi-finalist in the 2003 Alaska Public Radio Network's Song of the Year contest. She also began recording her CD while working full-time and traveling part time playing music.

In the fall of 2003, Amber moved to Tucson, Arizona where she currently resides. Her CD was released in July 2004, and she continues to spend her time playing music in Arizona and Alaska, and various places in between.

Amber's music is heartfelt with raw emotion which people of all ages can relate to and enjoy. Her songs are about human experiences and are written with well-developed, honest lyrics. From the driving beat of "Fly to the Heavens" to the realistic insightfulness of "Soul in Motion", Amber's music melds contemporary folk and light rock into a style that is all her own.

ABOUT THE ALBUM...
Amber's debut album Soul in Motion is a collection of songs reflective of the human journey. The songs range from Amber's early days of songwriting, such as "Still In Here," a song portraying the struggle of finding and losing oneself, to her more recent work exploring similar themes, such as "Soul in Motion," the title track of the CD. The album takes the listener on a journey through emotional pondering about following one's calling in "Heed," to reflections about anger and emptiness fueling injustice and war in "Blessed Be This Mess," to the social plight of migrant persons in "Camino Del Diablo." Amber processes societal situations and human experiences through poignant lyric writing and passionate vocal melodies complemented by her piano and guitar playing.

The making of this album occurred in Alaska and Arizona.

Andrew Steele played drums and Shane Welch played bass on the songs "Soul In Motion," "Both Sides," "Heed," "Breathe Into Me," and "Unrest." Shane also played electric guitar on "Both Sides" and contributed the bass part on "Nothing Ends." Vince Chmielarczyk played electric guitar in "Unrest" and "Soul in Motion." The drums, bass, and electric guitars were recorded at DeSmet Sound in Bethel, Alaska. Jen Marasco contributed supporting vocals and 12 string guitar in "Soul in Motion" and "Heed."

Richard Katz made a guest appearance on keyboards in "Both Sides" and played the piano solo in "Still in Here." Richard's contributions were recorded at Allusion Studios in Tucson, Arizona.

Produced by Jim Pavett and Amber, the songs "Fly to the Heavens," "Bob Schmidt," "Blessed Be This Mess," and "Camino Del Diablo" feature Jim Pavett on drums, Mark Lindholm on bass, Doug Floyd on electric guitar and Richard Katz on strings. The drums, bass, electric guitar, string arrangement and Amber's piano were recorded at Allusion Studios in Tucson, Arizona.

The other seven songs were produced by Amber. She sings lead vocals on all songs and plays piano on all songs except "Fly to the Heavens." She contributes additional keyboards on "Heed" and "Nothing Ends" and plays acoustic guitar on "Fly to the Heavens," "Both Sides," and "Still in Here." Amber's vocals and piano were recorded at DeSmet Sound in Bethel, Alaska, Allusion Studios in Tucson, Arizona and Fireweed Music Productions in Tucson, Arizona. Her acoustic guitar was recorded at Fireweed Music Productions in Tucson, Arizona.

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Ruth Schunke

You can hear and understand the words
Amber has a nice voice and we could actually understand her words and what she she was saying which is rare these days.
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Jalanta Verde

What a variety
Great variety of songs and love the harmonies. Think I saw yous at a festival but you were a duo then. Where did that other woman go? Fell for her voice too.
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Christy Siedlik

Awesome voice, keyboard & band.. Amber is sure to be a star!!!
Mellow music, great voice. A lot of heart in the words and speaks to the state of today's culture and human frailities. Hope to hear another CD from Amber Norgaard in the future.
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Another Amber Fan!

Love it!!
This is a great CD; it blends vocals that sound like Sarah McLachlan with the passion of Patti Griffin and Melissa Etheridge. The lyrics are meaningful and they keep your attention. If you have had chance to see her perform live, then you know you've seen a great singer and songwriter!
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Sarah Pearson

Powerful and insightful
Great blend of different styles but with heartfelt lyrics at the heart of it all. Rocking bass on some of the songs. I especially like the guitar on "both sides"!!!
"Heed" seems like the heart of the cd, everything clicking at the same time. Awesome Amber!
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John Dickens

Very good! Inspires and rejuvenates. UPLIFTING!
This CD gives me "goose bumps" It stays in my mind long after I have turned off the stereo. The music is both haunting and deeply thought provoking. For me it is ART in the truest and highest form. I hope this artist will create more of this type.
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Dana

Love it!!!
You are never far from our heart. We played it over and over in a little known mission in the sleepy community of St Mary's. Perfect music for a week away from home!!
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Beth and Holly

Fills our heart and soul.
We've just purchased the cd and it is nearly worn out. It includes music and lyrics that touch our heart and soul. We encourage everyone to buy multiple copies of this cd and send it to all of your friends.
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Brad Meyer

Delicious!
Incredible CD! Loved every tune on it.....and very well put together....the bassist rocks! Who is that guy? Thanx!
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Mary Kreuziger


Awesome Debuet Album Amber! I never get tired of listening to this CD! The songs and lyrics are very honest, insitefull and uplifting to listen to. Amber's piano and guitar playing are a great blend with her vocals and harmonies on the songs. I am very grateful to have found her and her music and make it an addition to my life and share it with others. I am also fortunate to live in Tucson and be able to see Amber perform live! Do not miss this opportunity to experience Amber live, either with her band or by herself. Amber holds her own and gives back so much to the audience! I am looking forward to her second album release and I know she is definetly on Her way!
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