Amber Snider is an award nominated pop-folk, rock, blues and country singer-songwriter with several albums, EPs, singles and music videos released to date.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a musical family, Amber started playing music when she was 4 and writing songs when she was 12. She primarily plays guitar, piano and harmonica but also enjoys playing the banjo, mandolin, accordion, lap steel guitar, ukulele and more.
Amber and The Amber Snider Band have headlined hundreds of shows as well as were featured artists at the Bottle Rock Napa Valley music festival. Amber has also been the supporting act for artists such as Cat Powers, Clint Black, Gretchen Wilson, Judith Owen, Carl Verheyen of Supertramp, Jared & The Mill, Jim Bianco, The Raw Oyster Cult and more.
Amber's music has been compared to singer-songwriters as varied as Natalie Merchant, Jewel, Rickie Lee Jones, Sophie B. Hawkins, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Melissa Etheridge, Ingrid Michaelson and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. She herself finds influence in traditional country & blues, sixties and seventies classic rock, 80s & 90s pop hits as well as current indie music.
Without much formal training growing up, Amber learned a lot from her musical family & friends, many of which were singer-songwriters/instrumentalists. Amber started her career as part of several family musical projects growing up, having performed in her parent's bands in various capacities from drums, keyboards, guitars and vocals before forming a band of her own: The Amber Snider Band.
After some college Amber moved to LA to pursue opportunities in the entertainment industry and wound up working for one of the top hit ballad songwriters in pop music, Diane Warren (with hits such as Aerosmith's 'Don't Want To Miss A Thing' and Celine Dion's 'Because You Loved Me'). Absorbing that creative environment/business world, Amber used it as a source of inspiration to forge her own musical path as a singer-songwriter.
In 2002 Snider self-released a 5 song EP 'Acoustic Color' and after being discovered at an open mike performance in the Napa Valley by Jason Mori was then signed to his startup record label, Shoestring Angel Records. This chance encounter resulted in another 5 song EP entitled 'Asleep To Dream' which was recorded at Narada Michael Walden' s studio in Marin, CA and released in 2004. Vocal expert Raz Kennedy (a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's. “Voicetra”) helped prepare Amber for the recording sessions. One of the tracks from this project was featured in an Indie film, 'The Hunting Season' in 2011.
Snider’s band was formed while playing weekly shows at Downtown Joe's in Napa from 2007-2009 performing under such names as The Hypnosis Company, The Overtone Series, Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie (named after a sandwich board special) before finally in 2009, Amber married longtime guitarist Aaron Snider, and “The Amber Snider Band” was born. It was during this time, the band developed their live sound.
In 2010, Amber released two full length CD's; a live recording 'Napa City Nights LIVE 2010' & 'Still Dreamin'.
In 2012, The Amber Snider Band enlisted the help of producer/multi-instrumentalist, Gawain Mathews (former guitarist for the Mickey Hart Band with a song featured in American Idol) to release a 7 song EP entitled simply "The Amber Snider Band". This CD really captured the "Country-Pop Pie/Americana" sound the band had been performing live at bars, clubs and festivals: High-energy, fun yet reflective life stories through acoustic-electric music.
In 2014, Amber's band was chosen to play at the Bottle Rock Napa Valley music Festival along with artists such as LL Cool J, The Cure, Matisyahu, Matisyahu , Heart, De La Soul, Smash Mouth and more.
In 2015, Amber produced and released an album entitled 'A Little Heart' in part to showcase more of her song repertoire as well as a dedication to the "little heart" that beat inside of her. In November of that year she also "produced and released" a daughter named Autumn along with husband, Aaron Snider.
In 2016, Amber followed with 'Heroes & Heartaches' another dedication album (this time to her god-father, Francisco). This work won her a prestigious Independent Music Award nomination for Best Folk/Singer-songwriter Album of 2016 as well as Best Song in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter Category for the track "Should've Known Better" in the July 2016 Akademia song competition.
In 2017, during the worst California fire disaster in history, Amber released the single 'A Love Song For Humanity' written during the ugliness of the most recent presidential campaign and aftermath as a way to cope and to help heal the world. Coincidentally at the 2017 ASCAP Expo in Los Angeles earlier in the year, Stevie Wonder said to Amber and the other audience members, "What we need is A Love Song For Humanity". Amber took that as a sign, finished the track and released it donating all proceeds to the fire victims through the end of the year.
On Thanksgiving of 2018 Amber premiered the psychedelic 60's-esque music video for "I Will Be True" a song that went into 2019 as a Finalist for Best Country/Bluegrass in the Independent Acoustic Music Awards.
Early 2019 Amber's new tracks were stolen from her studio and she is working to rebuild them with husband/guitarist/co-producer Aaron Snider. Yes they are now backing up their work. No, they did not catch the thief but karma will.
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"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. " - CMT/MTV Artists
"A fresh take on the Indie scene... Amber Snider brings talent and honesty to folk... a refreshing new sound."- Melissa Willis, Sonoma Star
"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." earBuzz.com
"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
“Like a fine Cabernet, multi-layered, great character and a big finish, Amber will warm your hearts with her songs.” Gary Koehler - Heritage Vineyards
"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