Amber deLaurentis Band

Amber deLaurentis Band

 Burlington, Vermont, USA
BandRockAmericana

"Soultry" vocals, piano wizardry and a band that "rocked us so hard we peed our pants" are Amber's concert stock in trade. She blends the best of old school rock, R&B, singer/songwriter pop and the occasional gospel riff into hook-laden, thoughtful original material.

Biography

"Instant classic" is an appropriate term to describe Burlington, Vermont's phenomenal performer/writer Amber deLaurentis. Her forceful piano style and powerful vocals drive a diverse catalogue of melodic original songs, carefully crafted with long-time lyricist Sarah Blue and a growing list of co-writers. Influences range from Elton John to Emmylou Harris. The songs, like deLaurentis' distinctive stage attire, manage to be at once contemporary and timeless.

Amber, both individually and with her band, has already compiled an impressive resume. Amber, with her band, was one of six finalists (chosen from over 1,200 entrants by the editorial staff of Billboard Magazine) to play before a panel of 12 heavy-hitting industry judges, in the Northeast chapter of the 2002 Independent Music World Series, where deLaurentis' "home run" performance won her the Grand Prize! She followed up that effort with a prized invitation to perform for Billboard�s editors and staff at �Caf� Billboard.� Sarah and she added to their songwriting honors with a prize in the pop/rock category of Billboard�s International Songwriting Competition for �Lonely in Love,� and earned honorable mention in the 2004 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for �Calliope Calling.�

DeLaurentis' independent CD, "By George! Live at the Tin Angel", was nominated for "Best Live Album" of 2002 by the Just Plain Folks Musicians' Network (www.jpfolks.com).

Amber has opened for numerous nationally acclaimed performers, including:
Amos Lee; Five for Fighting; Ellis Paul; Marshall Crenshaw; Alana Davis; NRBQ; Tom Paxton; Patty Larkin; Jazz Mandolin Project; Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer; Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, and Entrain.

Amber's first full-length record, entitled "Hey Sadie," released in March, 2008, is now available through www.amberdelaurentis.com and iTunes.

Lyrics

Upside Down

Written By: Amber deLaurentis & Sarah Blue

How do I say it?
What have I gone and done?
Sorry seems so small next to the sun.

How will you hear me?
How can this be undone…
How do you stop 'goodbye' once it's begun?

There was a time when you took my hand
& the way of my heart was the lay of the land

I never thought I'd let you down.
I never heard such a mournful sound.
I never thought of losing ground
… until the trees were standing upside-down.

Where did I go wrong?
How has this come to be
…all of you that's left inside of me?

Where will you go now
If you're not here by me?
Can a river run right past the sea?

There was a time when you took my hand
& the way of my heart was the lay of the land

I never thought I'd let you down.
I never heard such a mournful sound.
I never thought of losing ground
… until the trees were standing upside-down.

I never thought I'd let you down.
I never heard such a mournful sound.
I never thought of losing ground
… until the trees were standing upside-down.

Ocean Eyes

Written By: Sarah Blue

Ocean Eyes
… wide as the bluest of skies.
Midnight washes through
and I'm pulled back into the blue.

Oasis Eyes
… scorched by the heat of their cries.
Sunlight's burning through
and I'm blinded, looking for you.

Looking down the line
You know it's been a long time
Since I saw the scene of our crime.
Hearing from you now,
part of me just can't allow
myself to believe you somehow.
I just can't trust you
to know what you do...

Open eyes
Saddened but all the more wise.
Kindness crashed through
and there's no way of knowing what's true.

Looking down the line
You know it's been a long time
Since I saw the scene of our crime.
Hearing from you now,
part of me just can't allow
myself to believe you somehow.
I just can't trust you
to know what you do...

you never knew how you haunt me
you never knew how I cried
you took the life from inside

Looking down the line
You know it's been a long time
Since I saw the scene of our crime.
Hearing from you now,
part of me just can't allow
myself to believe you somehow.
I just can't trust you
to know what you do...

Cryin' Kind

Written By: Sarah Blue

I thought I'd be too busy to notice how lonely it's been,
Living here and lost inside this skyline again,
Been gettin round to all those things we meant to do,
But this ain't a city I'm living in, it's just a memory of you

Nevermind, nevermind, I'm just the cryin' kind,
Nevermind, nevermind

Alone in a taxi, the tears are falling fast,
Remembering the answers to those questions we asked,
You were right, I know somehow it all just went wrong,
I know I'll be happier any day, before too long,

Nevermind, nevermind, I'm just the cryin' kind,
Nevermind, nevermind

Every word was spoken and nothing would have changed,
If every rule were broken and our parts were rearranged

I guess it's true that leaving was the only way to grow,
It's not that I am grieving, I just cry when I let go,
It's all right, you know sometimes it's hard to carry on,
But I'll just keep crying 'til my heart says it's done.

I'm just the cryin kind, nevermind, nevermind,
Nevermind, nevermind, I'm just the cryin' kind... nevermind

Calliope Calling

Written By: Sarah Blue

Sittin' here, watching you
make everybody's dream come true
... could it be
you never knew
still don't know
just what you do

I hear Calliope calling
she says, be happy you're falling
it's clear, try to believe me
demons turn angel round here

Suddenly, seems to me
all my words come easily
... could it be
could it be true
this old dream
might see me through

I hear Calliope calling
she says, be happy you're falling
it's clear, try to believe me
demons turn angel round here

Looking on, Laying Low
Everything just seems to glow
... could it be
we never know
when our lives
might bloom [too hideous???choose to grow?] and grow.

I hear Calliope calling
she says, be happy you're falling
it's clear, try to believe me
demons turn angel round here

Black and Blue

Written By: Sarah Blue

“Black and Blue”
©2004 deLaurentis; Blue

It’s not that I’m unhappy
With who I have become…
It’s not that I would change the things
That have already been done…
It’s not that I would take you back
Or dream of leaving him…
. . . It’s just that I can’t keep myself from
Wonderin’ where you been.

All those things we never did
I wish sometimes we had…
Back when I was wicked
And when wicked wasn’t bad…
I’m not saying I would undo
Who I am today
But I can’t keep from grinning
When you look at me that way.

& you’re no good for me
& I’m no good for you
& Oh those bad, bad things
That you and I would do.
Yeah, you’re no good for me
& I’m no good for you.
So why does it feel so good
To dream in shades of black and blue. . . .

I thought that you’d look different
Now that so much else has changed
But you seem much the same to me
And I’m the one who’s strange
I don’t belong back in this place
and I never should have come
Quiet now Just One false move
and life could come undone.

& you’re no good for me
& I’m no good for you
& Oh those bad, bad things
That you and I would do.

Yeah, you’re no good for me
& I’m no good for you.
So why does it feel so good
To dream in shades of black and blue. . .

Hey Sadie

Written By: Amber deLaurentis and Sarah Blue

Hey Sadie
(deLaurentis; Blue 2003)

She's been actin' differently

that's what her friends all say

Something's changed now that

She’s moved away

David tried to tell her

Girl, it's something in your voice

It's gone all soft and peaceful,

not just noise.

Hey Sadie, Hey Sadie

You've come around.

Hey Sadie, Hey Sadie

…look at you there barefoot on the ground.

She used to love the city so
Well, when she could keep up.
But in the end she never had much luck.

Living here, it's coming clear
as all the pieces fall
…. never meant to be hell-bent
after all.

Hey Sadie, Hey Sadie
You've come around.
Hey Sadie, Hey Sadie
…look at you there barefoot on the ground.

Livin' in the country air

Rain water to wash her hair

Who knew she was a country girl

Gingham dress and Mama's pearls

Hey Sadie, Hey Sadie
You've come around.
Hey Sadie, Hey Sadie
…look at you there barefoot on the ground.

Take Me On

Written By: Sarah Blue and Amber deLaurentis

"Take Your Time," they all say
"You will find Your Own Way"
[I've] worked thru days
… until years have gone
I'm ready for Time to Take Me On…

I've been sleeping in the middle of the day
Sometimes I gotta put the world away
& in the silence
there is balance
and I'm okay.

I've been trying to play by all the rules
But now somehow I just seem to lose
in the mirror
I can see her
come unglued.

"Take Your Time," they all say
"You will find Your Own Way"
[I've] worked thru days
… until years have gone
I'm ready for Time to Take Me On…

"Take Your Time," they all say
"You will find Your Own Way"
[I've] worked thru days
… until years have gone
I'm ready for Time to Take Me On…

Mistaken Mona

Written By: Sarah Blue

Mistaken Mona

You turn the telephone off
Before he calls again
He drives you out of your mind with it
He keeps coming around
But you won’t settle down
You say you don’t have the time for it

Well what’s the problem, Mona
It’s always something
Don’t start your sobbing, Mona
You’re just not thinking

There’s a man outside your door, still trying
But he’s not welcome anymore, he’s crying
You don’t think twice
You’ve said goodnight
To so many others before

He’s so emotional now
He’s trying everything
Just to prove he’s in love with you
But you still don’t wanna know
Because he’s just a fool
No one is ever enough for you

But you’re mistaken, Mona
You’ve got it all here
Just for the taking, Mona
Why won’t it come clear

The Girl He's With

Written By: Sarah Blue

It’s Evelyn all afternoon
And Angela all evening
Oh he loves the girl he’s with
Until it’s time for leaving.

You could say he gets around
You can bet he’ll let you down
He won’t tell you where he’s been
But the next day he’ll go back again

Amanda in the morning
Lady Daisy after dark
Oh he loves the girl he’s with
Until he breaks her heart.

You could say he’s got a knack
For knocking trains right off the track
You know he’s headed for a wreck
But it hasn’t caught up with him yet.

It’s Sarah on a Sunday
Stephanie at suppertime
Oh he loves the girl he’s with
Until she calls him “mine”

It’s Susan in the Sunshine
And Wendy on a Winter Day
Oh he loves the girl he’s with
Whatever he might say.

You could say it’s just a phase
But turn around & he’ll be gone for days
You might think you’ve made a home
But he’s a renegade right down to the bone.

It’s Heather on a holiday
With Vicki on vacation
Oh he loves the girl he’s with
In every situation.

Discography

"Hey Sadie:" Released March, 2008!
Wishful Thinkin': Part of a 2005 complilation released by WXPN (88.5) in Philadelphia, home of "World Cafe."
"The Train Song": Recorded by Phil Roy
"Lonely In Love": 11th Annual Song Contest; "Billboard" compilation.
"Wishful Thinkin'" Discmakers Northeast Heavy Hitters '02 compilation.
"Lonely In Love": 7th Annual Millenium Music Conference 2003 compliation.
"By George!": Recorded live at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia

Set List

Ocean Eyes
Mistaken Mona
Lonely in Love
Rely on the Angel
This is the Time
Upside Down
Black & Blue
Hey Sadie
The Girl He's With
On the Rocks

Sets generally run from 40 min to an hour, but can be longer or shorter, depending on request!

Generally the band does mostly original material, with a few covers thrown in!