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"Album in Review: Amber Dawn-Trying to be True"

Amber Dawn Konz's album Trying To Be True has a very strong blues feel. The instrumentation (or lack thereof, as in One Of These Days) nails the genre straight through the album, with a solid balance of vocals and instrumentation.

The album also has a strong message throughout the four songs, ranging from optimism, introspection and reminiscence. The imagery used in the lyrics complements the instrumentation nicely. - Mad Science Music by Nicholas Barden


"The Hidden Track"

As some of you may know a fellow student of ours has released her first album through our campus bookstore. The album is titled “Trying to Be” and is composed and performed by Amber Dawn. The four track album is quaintly packaged using a paper sleeve that is hand-sewn together. On the face of each package is a hand painted design giving each CD a personal touch as well.

Ambers voice and style is very reminiscent of Norah Jones giving the album a very soulful and passionate vibe. The first track on the album is titled “Early Morning Confession” and is a cry of dedication to the Lord and a tale of the beauty of His love. The second track, “One of These Days”, is completely a cappella and is straight up vocal blues; absolutely great.

The third track moves to a guitar and vocal duet and is titled “Whispers and Cottontails” and is in the style of a childhood memory recalling the love of a dear friend. Track four moves back to the style of the first number coupling piano and voice in a smooth, simple and moving piece.

The comment I keep coming back to in my head is how honest and true the music really is. Ambers voice is spectacular; always on pitch with a heartfelt timbre that can speak to the heaviest of metal heads in the world. The instrumental work isn’t complex or a sort symphony in your ears. However, Ambers music is a symphony of another kind, a symphony of a girl’s heart. The straightforward and well written lyrics spill from the album track after track.

Although the record only contains four tracks they are a great start to what could be a very promising hobby or even a career. All in all at $5.50 the record is definitely worth picking up – and you get to support a fellow student at the same time. “Trying to Be” by Amber Dawn, another worthy addition to the history of Concordia artists such as Dan Seulzle and Right Lane Vacant. Also, if she happens to be reading, I would like to encourage Amber to keep up the good work and to keep singing for the Lord.

Until next time I wish you all the best and hope your life’s song sings for the Lord.
- Sower Newspaper written by Jon Ross


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"Trying to Be True" - EP

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Amber Dawn has a voice as big as her heart and a passion for God that reaches farther than a bird can fly. With a bluesy-jazzy-pop feel and lyrics straight from the soul, she’s got something to say!

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Growing up, I lived in the middle of nowhere (a good place to be, I think). I wanted to be part of *something*.

My next door neighbor, in the middle of the nowhere, just so happened to teach piano lessons.

My parents let me take lessons.

About five years later, in the middle of nowhere, an aspiring musician and vocalist moved into the home right next to my piano teacher. And the chances are?

So I took vocal lessons too.
I could never write my own music until one event that caused me to want to give up music completely. After I gave it up, God started giving me lyrics and chords--He started giving me songs. That was Summer of 2008. This is where I am now.

And I am part of something bigger than I ever could’ve imagined—

I belong in the Kingdom of God :)

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here are the sites:
www.purevolume.com/amberdawn

Also: I'm on Itunes and Amazon. :)