"I was walking around the pearl district and noticed a whole congregation of people walking towards this sound, then there you were, this tiny little thing with a giant guitar and a box full of cash! I thought, I need to meet this girl, who is she?!"
- Brian McFayden , KGW interview 2017
Amber's seamless co-ordination of right and left hand picking, producing sometimes three or four easily discerned contrapuntal lines, evinces years of dedicated practice to create unique, highly imaginative music that never veers into wild flash for its own sake, but rivals musicians like Leo Kottke and Maria Kalaniemi for comfortably invigorating brilliance.
- David Wright, retired violinist with Minnesota Orchestra
2017 THOMAS LEEB PERCUSSIVE GUITAR BOOTCAMP
Amber performing her original
song "Battle for the Innocent" at KGW in Portland Oregon. June 20th 2017
Riffwars Hall of Fame
2015 Best female original artist
First Female to compete in the Canadian Guitar Festival 2017
Fingerstyle guitar course with over 30 lessons though Jamplay.com
Performed with Fingerstyle guitarists such as Kaki King, Spenser Elliot, Adrian Bellue and Nick Johnson.
Portland Based Fingerstyle guitarist Amber Russell, has had a diverse platform of musical outlets during her 20 years of composing music. In her home town of Elkhart Indiana,at age 13 she picked up the guitar after regularly watching her older brother Joe play bass in his band over the years. For the next 6 years she was an active Singer songwriter in her band Geronimo with percussionist Danielle Husky.David Guevara took over as Geronimo's percussionist in 2011. Performing and composing songs with her guitar, harmonica, and
ukulele. In the summer of 2012 she relocated to Los Angeles.She then continued her journey as a singer songwriter with her band Seropolar, with her bandmate Steve Avila for the following 3 years. They practiced and performed in Marina Del Rey/ Venice Beach area regularly. Amber worked part time hosting an artist show case and open mic in Silverlake, during this time she
found a profound interest in Fingerstyle guitar.
Amber has remained relevant and active in the fingerstyle community since 2014 by participating in functions such as the Canadian Guitar festival, Thomas Leeb (Astrian Fingerstyle guitarist) Percussive guitar bootcamp, and attends the NAMM convention every year. Her solo acoustic music didn't take off until she relocated to
Portland, Oregon. A city calm and
collect, yet outrageous and weird enough to find the appropriate audience for her unique and eclectic sound.She currently resides in Portland and is working on a new album that should launch in November of 2019.Her 30 lesson guitar course through Jamplay.com was released November 1st and has reached an even larger audience of students.