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"Singer/Songwriter Amber Caparas"

Though just 19, Singer/Songwriter Amber Caparas has made a big splash in the Greater Charleston music scene both through her much talked about live performances around town (most notably at the World Famous Windjammer on the front beach, Isle of Palms) and also her notoriety as an early favorite for the current season of American Idol. The first thing you’ll notice about Amber is her truly exotic and athletic good looks. For our visual mashup, we’d say she’s sort of a cross between Pocahontas and Jessica Biel but with a bigger smile. Amber is a genuine pleasure to watch live even before she sings a note. But oh, when she does, the listener is sure to be delighted and moved. Amber’s tones are about as lush and effervescent as you’ll ever hear, but it’s the unique color of her voice and the surprising power of her soulful vocal drives that leave many with their mouths agape. She’s one of a kind, that’s for sure.
For our musical mashup, Amber is equal parts Jewel, Shania Twain, Tracy Chapman, and Sara McLachlan, and her songwriting skills are not far behind those acoustic divas. She’s also quite strong on guitar for a 19 year old newcomer, though that’s a facet of her act that we expect to see a lot of growth in the coming years. Her cover material is always strong and always has a uniquely Amber spin that makes it fit well with her original material — songs that Amber say’s she’ll release for sale as soon as her contract expires with American Idol. As an inside word, it appears that Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish fame has taken Amber into his Chucktown Music Group sound stable and will be producing her first Nashville ready LP after collaborating with her to write a few new tunes. If all that’s true, Amber is a very lucky gal… or simply very good… or maybe both. During her two years as a vocal major at the Charleston School of the Arts, Amber had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall as part of a mass choir. Also worth noting, her father Wayne Caparas is a local CCM artist who released his own indy CD titled “Gospel Project” in 2008, and Amber performed vocal solos on two of the tracks, so she’s not exactly your garden variety newcomer. While the CD generated strong reviews from the CCM indy critics, the song “Caterpillar Dreams” that featured Amber was among the strongest tracks with black gospel audiences on several popular internet radio stations, so she clearly has a legitimate spirit for inspirational/CCM/Gospel genres as well. To track Amber’s career and upcoming releases, you can visit her website at AmberCaparas.com. Amber is definitely a Greater Charlestonian worth looking out for! ~Kay Sorin - GreaterCharleston.com


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Amber recently released her first EP titled "Better This Way" which is available through her website AmberCaparas.com and through iTunes.

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For a wealth of live performance videos, studio recordings, photos and other media and writings by Amber, please visit AmberCaparas.com. Amber is a mixture of Filipino, Irish, French Canadian, and Native American Indian.

Amber Caparas broke onto the Charleston SC music scene with a sudden burst in the summer of 2009, as she began opening for national acts at the world famous Windjammer on the Isle of Palms -- a venue that is infamous for rejecting unknowns even as warm up acts. But having been recognized by several luminaries in the local music scene Amber got her big break and was invited to open for Hootie and the Blowfish co-founder Mark Bryan (yes, the tall curly-haired blonde guy who sings the secondary vocals, plays lead guitar and co-wrote most of the bands hit songs with Darius Rucker). While he still plays an occasional gig with his impromptu band "The Occasional Milkshake," Mark's primary efforts are currently aimed at launching the Chucktown Music Group to discover and develop the best new talent the deep south has to offer. So it was that fateful night that led Amber under Bryan's wing, as he is now collaborating with her to produce her first professional LP of original material.

FULL BIOGRAPHY
Nearly half-way into her communications degree at the College of Charleston (with Distinguished and Deans List honors), Amber recently entered an indefinite scholastic sabbatical to pursue her professional music career and active service to God through a variety of ministries. While she characterizes her original musical style as soulful folk-rock with Spiritual roots, she also sings a long list of popular hits and classic rock songs that also deliver an uplifting or challenging message. Amber was just months away from the completion of her first CD of original material (considered hit-worthy by all who have heard advanced demos or live performances), when her American Idol ride pushed the project to the back burner, but now that she is working with producer Mark Bryan she is releasing her early material as advanced singles as part of her web album titled "Better this Way." Bryan hopes to have Amber's LP ready for release in time for the Summer Music festival season.

Though Amber accomplished nearly as much as a pre-teen as she did as a teen, during her high school years Amber accomplished so many newsworthy achievements and honors that it is difficult to believe she found the time to teach herself guitar and occasionally sing on the street corners of Charleston. During her prep years Amber received the South Carolina Theater Association’s All-Star Cast designation, performed with the Award Winning SOA choir at Carnegie Hall and St. Bart’s Cathedral in Manhattan, earned her third black belt in Tae Kwon Do, served as Managing Editor of her school newspaper, earned All-State honors in track & field and was the team’s MVP as a senior, was a Junior Olympics State Champion hurdler as a freshman, earned varsity letters in three sports, graduated 2nd in her class of 300 with a 4.92 GPA, was a National Scholar Athlete Award recipient, was a Palmetto Fellows Scholar, was an officer in the National Honor Society, and served as huddle leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the 2000+ student West Ashley High – Charleston’s largest public school. Though quite remarkable by any measure, those are simply the highlights of Amber’s God-blessed teen years, as each milestone accomplishment represents numerous notable performances, honors, and amazing stories where God showed up time and time again.

As a youngster Amber was already a successful child actor when she shined at the AMTC talent competition in Disney World and was signed by New York’s Wilhelmina Talent Agency. By the age of nine she appeared in several national TV commercials, numerous regional ads, and appeared in a recurring Saturday morning children’s television show (Cookin’ Kids), but her life was not all glitz and games. Before moving in with her father full-time at the age of 13, Amber had endured seven different school transfers, eight home moves and constant juggling to people other than her parents. While all the disruption may have helped Amber grow into an outgoing, fast-adjusting person, it also took its toll on her grounding in Christ. So when Amber turned nine she agreed to take a prolonged hiatus from professional performing arts and shifted her extra-curricular interests to advanced martial arts and other sports; interests that would teach her new skills and offer a chance to meet mentors and peers with more substance than style – in environments that would remain consistent for more than one year at a time. Amber now points to the discipline she learned and mentors she gained through the martial arts as the primary tools God used to rescue her from the family storms of her childhood, and she continues today as a lifelong martial artist and advocate of gospel-based martial arts. In her freshman year Amber was accepted