Amber Snider
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Amber Snider

Vallejo, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005

Vallejo, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2005
Band Folk Americana




"Music Connection Magazine - CD Review"

Based on this six-tune disc, Estrada's style is blues-based pop with rock edges ("Don't Tell My Heart" and "Sorry For Nothing") that sometimes echoes the work of Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and perhaps Melissa Etheridge. Meanwhile, the smoky, late-night "Chaotic Sanctity" suggests it's a song that Norah Jones could take a crack at. Estrada's own voice is an appealing instrument, and her tendency to dip in pitch somehow works for her.

Production = 7
Music = 7
Vocals = 7
Musicianship = 7

Total = 7.2
- Vol. XXIX

"Talent Review"

"Super talented. Catch her while you can before a ticket to her show is 50 bucks."
- Rich Freedman, Vallejo Times-Herald

"CD Review of "A Sleep To Dream""

We hear tastes of a New York musical village…and Merchant . The music breathes and band grooves…. A dichotomy exists in (Amber)….cross-over country appeal…has storyteller appeal …Her intimate treatment reveals a vocal maturity. The final track, "Chaotic Sanctity", is a gem. The kitty strut ambiance with smoky jazz band movement supports Amber's nonchalant Rickie Lee Jones' approach to loose and spontaneous performance. Well done and we look forward to more.

- -Online

"Folksinger ready for Hometown crowd at fair"

Performing at the Solano County Fair is like coming full circle for Amber Estrada.

The singer/songwriter/guitarist lived in Vallejo until she was about 11 and just recently returned...
With 75 songs she's written and a strong desire to perform, Estrada is becoming a local favorite.

Mainly a guitar player, she started composing songs at age 12."There were always a lot of instruments in my home and musicians were always around eating our food," she said.

Estrada feels she was fortunate to have worked for prolific songwriter Dianne Warren, the woman behind hits like "I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith, "Because You Loved Me," by Celine Dion and "If I Could Turn Back Time" by Cher.

I was lucky enough to answer a random ad in an entertainment trade magazine in L.A. I think the ad simply said - work in the music business. I wouldn't have known who Diane Warren was even though I knew the songs, everybody does," she said.

Estrada worked for Warren's Publishing company, Realsongs. "I answered phones, filed her lyric sheets, stuff like that," Estrada said. "on any given day, I could talk to Leann Rimes or see Mariah Carey in our office. It was pretty exciting stuff for a northern Cali girl like me."

Warren, a multi-Grammy recipient, was a great boss. "She had a down-to-earth, quirkiness about her. She's completely unpretentious. She works hard but she's not a drill sergeant or anything.

She also loves animals and you can see birds and dogs around the office. One day I brought my turtle in and it crawled behind her big cabinet with all her Grammys on it and got stuck. I was sweating that one big time. I don't think Di ever knew about that one.

Estrada is in the process of finishing a recording studio for her use as well as that of close music friends. "These days having a recording studio is like buying a car. It's not too far out of reach and it can take you places if you get in and drive." she said.

"It's almost finished and it's been about a year of working on it. It won't be a commercial studio or anything like that. It will mainly be for my music and I look forward to collaborating with some friends as well."

Estrada thinks of herself as an upbeat, Americana folk-rock singer-songwriter. She draws her influences from a variety of genres and artists. Citing the blues, 60's and 70's classic rock and today's indie music. She admires the work of Sheryl Crow, Ani DiFranco, Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos.

Like many songwriters, Estrada draws from personal experience.

"I have always had the desire to express myself even from an earl age (as most kids do) and I was lucky enough to have the encouragement I had from my family," she said.

"When I first started writing and performing songs, I would write about whatever was going on in my life at the time. The sons were my diaries, for better or for worse. Sometimes, as a performer, that can be like throwing yourself into a fire again and again just to roast some marshmallows.

"That is especially true when I am giving a song my all in a performance but I really don't want to relive that experience anymore, so now I can decide, I don't have to sing that one. Someone else can. It’s taken me some time to learn that. I have enough songs now to be very choosy about which ones I want to sing.

"Some songs are more about trying to figure out the world, trying to make sense of all the things that are beyond my control. I am starting to write more socially/globally conscious songs because, I, myself am becoming more conscious.

“When all is said and done, I would like to convey a positive message through my writing to uplift and inspire myself and others. Every song I’ve been able to write has been a blessing to me and I am grateful for the experience.”

She’s ready to sing her heart our before her hometown crowd.

“Most of the concerts I saw as a kid were at the Solano County Fair which is why I am so excited to be performing there this year,” she said.

“There’s always a great mix of people that go. You can ride the rides and see the shows and everyone always seems to be enjoying themselves. I hope to see some familiar faces as well as meet some new friends.” – Amy Maginnes-Honey
- Daily Republic

"The Masked Musicians of Napa Valley"

Amber Estrada grew up around music. "My mother has been in bands ever since I was a kid. There were always musical instruments around me." Amber learned to play piano, drums and harmonica, but now chiefly plays the guitar and writes and sings her own songs. "My mom gave me her old guitar when I moved to Los Angeles to work on my acting career."

Even though Amber didn't have her eye on a music career, she ended up practicing guitar, putting her poetry to music, and performing at open mics. She also went to work for Diane Warren, a top songwriter for such greats as Celine Dion. It was here that she learned the business end of the music industry. "One of the most important things I learned had to do with work ethic. I saw how dedicated she was to her craft and it kick-started something in me and I started writing songs."

Most of her material comes from her own life experiences.” I tend to write about things outside myself, things I've observed. Not all of it is about relationships." Amber's latest CD just received a positive review from The Music Connection...

Written by Davina Rubin

- Napa Valley Life - MAY/JUNE 2005

"Amber's Smooth Transition - Vallejo Times Herald"

Article Launched: 03/16/2007 06:17:47 AM PDT

Most performers loathe traveling between their "real jobs" and their gigs. Not Amber Estrada.

Of course, most performers usually have a commute of more than 50 feet.

Estrada, the marketing and administrative assistant for the Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau in the ferry building, can almost cartwheel to her two-hour free "alternative folk" concert tonight at the Panama Red Coffee Co.

"I will work for coffee," said Estrada with a twinkle and a latte in her eye. "I'm addicted."

Estrada figures the 6 to 8 p.m. show should attract ferry commuters who need to relax with a decaf after work.

"It's the first time they've done music here," she said. "If it works out, maybe they'll want to do more."

Panama Red seats around 30 people, though "with people sitting in each other's laps, maybe 40," Estrada joked.

Estrada plans on singing mostly her originals with a few cover tunes blended into the concert. With a stash of about 75 self-penned songs, there's plenty to sift through for the singer.

"Hopefully, people will appreciate them," Estrada said.

She was 12 when she got that first musical itch.

"I wanted to be a classical pianist," said Estrada, raised by a mother who was supportive-yet-realistic.
"She wasn't 'Hey, you're great,' " Estrada said. "She was more, 'If you want to do this, you have to practice.' "

With influences as varied as Bob Marley, Madonna, Stevie Nicks and Bonnie Raitt, Estrada is slowly getting her musical career on track after dabbling in acting.

Estrada did theater in high school - "It's a natural high," she said - and found the stage to be an "expressive outlet. It's therapy."

Estrada continued the acting ways in college.

"That's what I wanted to do," she said. "I got into the music thing when I found I was more natural at that than acting."

Not that she didn't have a good look. With blazing red hair, Estrada said she's been told she resembles Geena Davis, Julienne Moore or Drew Barrymore.

With a mother, stepfather (Steven Wallis of the American Canyon Fire Dept.) and godfather (Vallejo's Francisco Gallegos) involved in performing music, Estrada's future path was apparently paved.

"I want to make them proud," she said. "I know they worked hard at it and practiced a lot. I try to do what I can and get out there. It's definitely part of who I am."

A Vintage High of Napa graduate, Estrada lived in Vallejo until she was 11 and returned last year. Not that she wouldn't mind taking her music around the globe.

"That's something I've always wanted to do," she said.

Until that big break, she'll continue at the Visitors Bureau while doing Web sites on the side.

"I'm a freelance artist," Estrada said. "AKA, broke. For now, I'll keep my nose to the grindstone, get up early and go to work."

Sure, she said, it gets frustrating.

"At times you feel you can't do it and you're like, 'Why am I doing this?'" she said. "Then you have one moment out there when somebody really appreciates it. When someone says they are moved and you feel you have done something positive."

- By RICH FREEDMAN/Times-Herald staff writer


Still working on that hot first release.



Amber Snider comes from a musical family and has been writing and performing original material since the age of 4.  She has performed as a solo artist as well as with The Amber Snider Band in the San Francisco Bay area. 

Amber Snider is an extremely talented professional, capable and easy to work with and can perform as a solo, duo, trio or quartet. She and her band where among the few chosen to perform at BottleRock Napa Valley 2014!

Over the last few years Amber has released a multitude of songs which were widely received which included solo material as well as a self-titled band EP over the last decade.

December 2013 Amber re-released one original song Should've Known Better which is on her debut acoustic CD originally released in 2002.  This re-recording was graced with the likes of such musicians as Gawain Mathews of the Mickey Hart Band who also produced the project.  It is about realizing how much a person means to you after the love ends and the regrets still live on.  Set to a mid tempo, foot stopping beat, Amber tells her tale keeping that bass guitar and that country rhythm in line with a steady back beat and syrupy,  strong vocals and harmony.  Being one of her first songs she ever recorded, it is a deeply personal one for her.  It is similar to taking your most personal thoughts and transforming them into song. 

Another recently released single Lets Make Christmas was originally released as video for family and friends then made public in November 2013.  Gawain Mathews also produced & performed on this original holiday song. Lets Make Christmas captures the essence of what the holiday season means to Amber.  Family, friends, celebration; in Amber's life it represents a happier time, more festive overall. 

Amber's last CD project, The Amber Snider Band (produced by Gawain Mathews) was released in 2012 with a plethora of songs, each playing a key role in the overall sound & theme of the entire album. Ranging from ho-down-happy to storytelling-sad, Amber and her band mates delivered a slice of their own lyrically catchy, hook driven proverbial country-pop pie.   

Prior releases include Still Dreamin' and Napa City Nights LIVE in 2010, A Sleep To Dream and Acoustic Color under the name Amber Estrada.

Amber has opened for Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), Cat Powers, Clink Black and Gretchen Wilson.  One of her songs Chaotic Sanctity was featured in an Indie Film The Hunting Season with Michael Sorvino in 2011. 

Amber is set to release a full length CD by 2015. It is an exciting year for Amber Snider and her band. 

Amber has been around music most of her life.  She even briefly worked for singer/songwriter/hit maker Diane Warren in Hollywood as her receptionist and gatekeeper. 

You can read more about Amber and her amazing life's journey and listen to or purchase her music by logging onto the following websites:


People can sign her mailing list at: or by texting 'getamber' to 444999 to stay on top of her events and to get free downloads.

"Super talented. Catch her while you can before a ticket to her show is 50 bucks."
Rich Freedman - Vallejo Times-Herald

" We hear tastes of a New York musical village and Merchant. The music breathes. A dichotomy exists... storyteller appeal. Her intimate treatment reveals a vocal maturity. Nonchalant Rickie Lee Jones' approach to loose & spontaneous performance. Well done and we look forward to more."

"She's what the music industry needs now...Natalie Merchant mixed with Sophie B. Hawkins and Sheryl Crow. Sensitive lyrics without saccharine and jazz-infused melodies without pretense."
Jamie Miller - former KVYN Program Director

"style is blues-based pop w/ rock edges that sometimes echoes the work of Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, & perhaps Melissa Etheridge. (Snider's)...voice is an appealing instrument."
Vol. XXIX - - Music Connection Magazine

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