Amber Westerman is an americana artist with a captivating and soothing style. She dreams of making the world a better place through creating music that impacts the wellbeing of others. When you hear her songs, she hope they sooth your soul, bring you closer to your heart, and help you feel less alone in this wild journey that we call life. Amber was born and raised in Marble Falls, TX. Her career as a singer-songwriter began when she was living on the Big Island of Hawai’i in 2016. In January 2019, Amber moved to Nashville, TN after being accepted into the songwriting program at Belmont University. After seven years of pursuing a career in music, she is proud to have now released several studio recorded songs. Winning the “Entertainer of the Year” award at a Talent Expo recently was a career milestone for the singer/songwriter after placing to perform her song "Easy With You" in the events final showcase.
Amber picked up her first guitar at age 17 in her hometown of Marble Falls, TX where she discovered a new love for the instrument. She began her journey playing music for friends and family, sharing cover songs that moved her through her soul. Amber always felt that music helped her work through emotions that she never knew how to release on her own. She only dreamt of being able to do the same for those around her, realizing the healing powers of musical expression. Some of her musical influences include Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Jack Johnson, The Staves, Jillian Edwards, Christina Perri, Ingrid Michaelson, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, and Leah Nobel.
At age 24, Amber moved to Fairfield, Iowa, to pursue a passion for wellness and sustainable living at Maharishi University of Management, where she found herself surrounded by many talented musicians and artists. Inspired to dive deeper into her own creative abilities, she began performing at open mics and collaborating with the other university students. She wrote her very first song as she was preparing to leave Iowa for a four-month university program on The Big Island of Hawai'i.
Touched by her experiences with the program, Amber grounded herself on the Big Island working on a small organic farm. With support from the community, she began her career as a flourishing singer-songwriter, showcasing her music at local venues. For over two years, she performed at various venues around the Big Island; be it solo or sharing space with other musicians. Amber has since shared the stage with many artists including: Mishka, Buckman Coe, and Caleb Heart.
During her time on Hawai'i Island, Amber first met her fiancé, Philip Schechter of Austin, TX, while he was vacationing. One would say their meeting was a love at first sight kind of fairy tale, as he skipped his flight home to stay with her. Nashville, TN became their new home in January 2019, after Amber was accepted into the songwriting program at Belmont University.
On May 15th, 2020 she released her very first single, 'Your Homebody.' This song invites listeners into a laid back, vacation-like state of being. The lyrical content is about the bond between Amber and her fiancé. Regarding 'Your Homebody,' she states:
"The artist in me, I feel, was birthed while living on the Big Island of Hawai'i. The people and their Aloha Spirit imprinted my heart in such a deep and indescribable way. For my first single, I felt it was important to express this imprint in musical form to bring the listeners into the heart of Aloha. The vision I held for this song was to transport the listeners into the musical gatherings I enjoyed taking part in, from beach side jams, to campfires, to kava bar shows."
On May 13, 2021 Amber released a second single 'Level Head,' a collaboration between Amber and Big Islands singer/songwriter/rapper Higgs. The two met at the Hawai'i Songwriting Festival in 2018 and were a part of the Big Island Songwriting Group, a small community of composers/musicians. It was during one of the group’s 2020 weekly online meetups that the seed was planted for this collaboration. Amber stated that this song was originally inspired by the many inner battles she was having around comparing herself to all the hustle of the music business since moving to Nashville. During their Zoom writing sessions the two dug into what success means to them, and what their motivations are as artists. 'Level Head' takes you on a relaxed journey through these conversations of finding balance, and staying grounded while walking a path in music professionally.
Amber then went on to release two more singles in 2021: It's Not a Race, and Sad(It's Okay). She goes into the inspiration behind these two songs in interviews shared on her YouTube channel.
In November 2021, the singer-songwriter signed on with Nashville's modeling agency Tribe Talent Management where she began her modeling and acting career. She has since been seen as a face on ads of companies such as Groove Life and Lazarus Artesian Goods.
In June 2022, Amber attended the Model and Talent Expo in Dallas, Texas, where she was awarded "Entertainer of the Year" after placing to perform her song "Easy With You" in the events final showcase. The studio recording of "Easy With You" was released a few months later, followed by the release of her song "Sunflowers," a tribute to her late grandfather.
Her most recent single "Love Who You Are" was released in January 2023. The music video for this song was a special project to Amber. She reached out to fans, friends, and family asking them to send her videos of cherished memories in their lives to create this music video. Watch here.
Amber dreams of making the world a better place through creating music that impacts the wellbeing of others. She hopes her music helps you feel more present in your life, and in your heart. Amber's songs carry messages of love, self empowerment, and conscious living through her captivating and soothing pop-folk style.