Amber Darland

Amber Darland

 Bellingham, Washington, USA
BandFolkPop

Amber Darland delivers powerful, honest poetry, pure vocals and infectious melodies. Her music is compelling because it’s both political and deeply personal - creating acoustically driven folk-pop with purpose.

Biography

Amber Darland is one of the most exciting emerging singer-songwriters of the Pacific Northwest.
Her intensely personal music has the passion reminiscent of Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams and Shawn Colvin and the
soulfulness of k.d. lang, the Carpenters and Dar Williams.

Darland is a master at making the simple, evocative.

"In a world of monochromatic singer-songwriters, Amber stands out as one who paints in many colors." - Jamie Anderson

In July 2009, Amber released her third studio recording and debut full length album “Truce” which is quickly gaining attention from audiences across the nation. In October, she was named the winner of the 2009 North Carolina Songwriter's Coop Song Competition.

Amber Darland has shared the stage with:

Catie Curtis
Mary Gauthier
Ferron
Tret Fure
Laura Love
Bitch
Adrianne
Sweet Talk Radio
Chuck E. Costa
Chris Pureka
Sarah Sample
Coyote Grace
Angie Evans
Nedra Johnson
Jen Todd

Lyrics

Overflow

Written By: Amber Darland

I get up in the morning put on my shoes first thing
Cause I gotta get up walking out of my dreams
Keep me from sleeping my whole life’s been talking
Ring around the rosy and we’re falling we’re falling we’re falling
We’re falling down

All I’ve ever done is try to be noble and all I’ve ever said is what overflows
Surface sounds so good shaped words keep me afloat

Downward spiral grandeur and denial all my doings come undone
I’m unsure where to go or where I’ve gone

And really what do we have to prove
And really what do we have to lose
Our egos like watchdogs on doorsteps keep us in

So we live like we know this we love like flying wings folded
And we’re falling we’re falling
we’re falling
We’re all falling down

Without Blame

Written By: Amber Darland

From the streets of Gaza to the isles of Indonesia
From the heart of the Congo to New Orleans
It's the same endless sky looking down on you and I
Without blame

Here we are once again wondering how its gonna be
With the same old words it's all been heard history's a blur
When you want it to be

From the shores of Burma to the borders of Mexico
From the plains in Darfur to Pakistan
It's the same endless sky looking down on you and I
Without blame

Here we are once again wondering how its gonna be
With the same old words it's all been heard history's a blur
When you want it to be

Doesn't anyone else see this
Doesn't anyone else feel this
In our bones so long now we breathe this
War onto ourselves

For food for water for land for power
For Gods for oil we'll bury our dead
Until we meet eye to eye under this same endless sky
Without blame

Learn to Bend

Written By: Amber Darland

She said go on make up your mind
I told her no I wont decide
Where Ill go or who Ill know when Im back here
I want to wait I want to breathe I want to see this through the next turn where the road will lead my soul this year

So Ill head off down the highway
Make a wish on the half moon bay
And Ill wait for fate to hold you at my side again
With a little time this loves gonna learn to bend

Is it right to put up a fight
If you know its been a long time
Since youve held or even felt a single word
Solid truth tripping tongue wont admit that we were wrong
Its the hardest lesson to be learned

So Ill head off down the highway
Make a wish on the half moon bay
And Ill wait for fate to hold you at my side again
With a little time this loves gonna learn to bend

push and pull nowhere to go forgetting how to be
we could chalk it up to our differences or start to give what we need

Solo

So Ill head off down the highway
Make a wish on the half moon bay
And Ill wait for fate to hold you at my side again
With a little time this loves gonna learn to bend

I hope you stay here and wait here for me
I wont be long though thats the way it may seem

So Ill head off down the highway
Make a wish on the half moon bay
And Ill wait for fate to hold you at my side again
With a little time this loves gonna learn to bend

Don't Pick All the Flowers

Written By: Amber Darland

today a stream flows
right through your back yard
tonight an owl soars
through the red wood
today the sky screams blue
drawing lines around this city and
tonight raindrops fall
for the seeds that are waiting

the children play outside
the sun warms their bodies
just the right amount of cold
for the winter we are nearing
ice caps chip away in the arctic
and we don’t care
we’re a million miles away from admitting
something’s happening here

don’t pick all the flowers
you’d better leave some
‘cause tomorrow may bring
a day that we need some
rooted deep in the ground
the earthworm without a sound
will thank you for the thought

today flood plains stretch out wide
to cradle high mountain peaks
through valleys rivers run
clear and swiftly to the sea
today nature bares to blossom
not a minute too soon and
tonight sky glows a ring around the moon

sand sifts easily
through fingers so time goes
suburban sprawls and old growth hauled and no one seems to know
the damage done how far we’ve gone
what’s left for us
and in the end for all the others
will there be enough

don’t pick all the flowers
you’d better leave some
‘cause tomorrow may bring
a day that we need some
rooted deep in the ground
the earthworm without a sound
will thank you for the thought

Truce

Written By: Amber Darland

how can we be so hard on ourselves this human race set to a pace by the shot of a gun outside our homes a bomb in the streets
where would peace be if given a chance would she shake hands with the enemy

can we call it a truce
‘cause there seems to be no use
everyone’s got casualties and
formalities on counting their dead
what if it’s all in our heads
these border lines this ocean tide
sweeping us away

(chorus) could you run if it meant
we’d get somewhere
could you finally crack
break down these walls
stop moral fall
where privilege pays its way to grace

did you hear about that boy today
strapped to his fate to sever the silence in the only way he knows nations buried in mass graves
ten thousand names etched in stone

chorus

this is no game no count of luck to blame cards being chosen by political gain callused hands open minds forging change
all of our voices rise up and sing

chorus

how can we be so hard on ourselves this human race set to a pace by the shot of a gun
a bomb in the streets and
where would peace be if given a chance

I am

Written By: Amber Darland

There's a warm wind blowin' in from the south
nobody here to feel it but myself
earth cracking hard under my feet
like all the lovers who've ever loved me
but i'm still walkin' bare soul to the ground

I am
I am
I am

Stars hangin' from an arizona sky
wakin' me up in the middle of the night to say
you're ok, stay bright
sayin' you're ok, be light

I am
I am
I am

Wings of a desert dove
learning how to fly
singin' songs swallowed by rain
dropping from distant swollen skies

I am I am
bare soul to the ground
I am I am
bare soul to the ground
I am Iam I am

I Am

Written By: Amber Darland

There's a warm wind blowin' in from the south
nobody here to feel it but myself
earth cracking hard under my feet
like all the lovers who've ever loved me
but i'm still walkin' bare soul to the ground

I am
I am
I am

Stars hangin' from an arizona sky
wakin' me up in the middle of the night to say
you're ok, stay bright
sayin' you're ok, be light

I am
I am
I am

Wings of a desert dove
learning how to fly
singin' songs swallowed by rain
dropping from distant swollen skies

I am I am
bare soul to the ground
I am I am
bare soul to the ground
I am Iam I am

Discography

For the Broken (EP 2004)
Michigan Special Release (EP 2008)
Without Blame (Single 2009)
Truce (debut full-length album 2009)

Set List

Typically Amber Darland performs two 45 minute sets. Consisting mostly of originals, her sets can be both mellow and upbeat. The following is a list of original songs:

What if
For the Broken
Waiting for Puddles
October Floors
Blindsided by Faith
Hazel Rain
Right here with you
American Dream
Tough Girl
Absence of us
Sweet song
Just Yesterday
Happy
I stick around
Sunshine Song
Time for Today
Rise
Fall this way
This Time
Overflow
October Floors
Without Blame
I am
Learn to Bend
Truce
Burma
Romp and Roll
How to be good
Atomic Fireball Penny Jar
Short Jeans
Super 8
Family Vacation
Gonna be a rockstar
During a show, Amber Darland typically performs 2-3 cover songs. Below are examples of artists she has covered:

Sarah Bettens
The Weepies
Indigo Girls
Patty Griffin
Bob Dylan
John Denver
Tom Petty
Ani Difranco