Photo: Tiffany Jewels
“It’s bigger than me, it’s more about the lives I’m touching”, said Amber Renee, songstress.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Amber Renee, an R&B Pop singer/songwriter, to discuss her latest hit single “Through To You”. Amber Renee is more than a one-trick pony, offering more aspects of herself outside of the music industry. With her belief in giving back and touching lives, Amber Renee makes you reconsider your impact in all that you do.
“The reason I do what I do is that [I want] to help others and serve others. It’s easier to stay on track and stay focused on what you want. It’s bigger than me, I want to touch lives and help people move forward in their lives. There are a couple of nonprofits I want to start.”
Reaching over 400K views in just two days, “Through to You” is causing quite the commotion.
In her music video, Amber Renee is shown incorporating her love of music with basketball. “I try to combine the two. In “Through to You” video, I had the basketball in it and even was dribbling it. I try to [intertwine] the two as much as I can.” “Through To You” is a visual proof that there is more to Amber Renee that meets the eye. Dedicated to the music industry she shows that contemporary R&B vocals, mixed with Pop choreography are still alive.
“As a child, I listened to different types of music. My most favorite artist and still is, is Michael Jackson. My mom sings as well, so I would listen to her. Just from hearing her, and of course how amazing Michael is [influenced me]. My music I would consider more Contemporary R&B. I could definitely see myself going into R&B Pop.”
A California native, Amber Renee’s Cali vibe appeals to any age with relatable music people can feel. Her hip thrusting moves and matching abs channels the spirit of the late singer Aaliyah.
“Aaliyah is a beautiful and talented artist. I take that as a huge compliment and to heart when people say that. My background is what makes me different. I played basketball ever since I was a little girl, so the tomboy vibe has been with me. I try to bring that athletic vibe to my music and music videos. You can wear a dress and heels and still be down, you know. But, I’ll definitely still get on the basketball court. My style ranges, there’s no limit to what I would wear.”
What was your inspiration behind “Through to you”?
In the beginning, there wasn’t anything particular we were going for. A lot of people told me it gave them an “Aaliyah vibe”. There was no one that I was trying to be like. At the end of the day, the music that I make and the videos that I do come from what I’m comfortable in. I’m just doing what I like to do. Honestly, there are aspects of me in the song. But, more so it’s things friends and family are going through and that I incorporate.
It’s been said that “You are what the industry is missing”.
What do you believe that you bring that no artist?
The industry is definitely cut-throat, there are constant walls you have to climb. It’s really about establishing relationships, it depends on how you work with them. I mean I’m not like everyone else. Everyone is who they are. There are more aspects [of being outside of music]. My heart and my mindset. It doesn’t matter to me about how many followers I have, or how much money I’m making from my singles. It’s more about how many lives am I touching. It would be a blessing to do that through music, through entertaining, through performing. I’m thankful God gave me the talent to pursue my dreams.
What has been your favorite photo shoot or music video?
Through to You has to be my favorite. Just the amount of people apart of that project. It was fun shooting it. My favorite photoshoot is the Barbie type shoot. I’m always open to trying new things. I end up loving everything [my team and I] come up with.
What can we expect from you in the future; any collaborations or new singles?
Yes, I’m actually working on my next single right now. I’ll be releasing that within the month. I’m not going to tell you the name of the song. I’m really excited for people to hear it.