Take it higher (2018)

Single release on April 22, 2018
Written for the Multanen Legacy Scholarship Fund. 
If you choose to contribute more than $0.98 to download the mp3, the extra proceeds will benefit http://www.multanenlegacy.org to help people who have been through hardship rebuild their lives through education. Thank you for supporting charity through music!

Take It Higher

Amber Norgaard

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"Every moment is our choice of how we want to be - to stay down or rise above, we write our own story" - lyrics from "Take It Higher".

Difficult situations open opportunities for us to dig deep within and tap into an inner strength and courage that we had not known existed. In doing this, we can prevail through the hardest of adversities, growing in ways we thought impossible.

This "prevailing" embodies the Finnish concept of "sisu" - a value that means forging on despite the odds, keeping hope alive no matter how dire the circumstance, and tapping deep within to the power of the human spirit to do what's right, honoring the greatest good, in a way that is beyond our perceived limitations...ultimately to prevail in the best way possible.

Amber Norgaard wrote "Take It Higher" for the Multanen Legacy Scholarship Fund, a scholarship foundation that helps people who have been through struggle, hardship and trauma to rebuild their lives through education. Education is power, and students who receive funding assistance embody this value of "sisu."

If you choose to contribute more than $0.98 to download the mp3, the extra proceeds from the song will benefit keeping this legacy of love alive: http://www.multanenlegacy.org

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Your love is

Your Love Is

Amber Norgaard

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A single release. Music that heals the heart and speaks to the soul. "Achingly beautiful..." ~Judy Jennings, Tucson Music Scene Writer

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Possibility (2015)

Possibility

Amber Norgaard

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From intimate piano/strings/acoustic guitar arrangements to blue collar rock-n-roll to hand-clappin'-foot-stompin' gospel choirs...music that heals hearts and connects souls.

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  1. 1 Alchemy 03:51 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Follow the Light 04:29 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Possibility 03:55 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Raise Me Up 03:58 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Wide Open 03:32 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Back to the Sea 04:14 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Let My Soul In 03:24 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Morning Has Broken 03:46 Info
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  9. 9 Landscaping for God 04:15 Info
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  10. 10 Made of Light 02:52 Lyrics
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Single Releases

Together We Rise

Amber Norgaard

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"There's a call comin' from the sky Movin' us deep inside To give more than to take To fill in the hole, to fix the break." ~ lyrics from Amber Norgaard's "Together We Rise" song

Life gets murky and messy at times and humanity is driven to unite and rise from the ruin.

Such was the occasion when Amber Norgaard wrote "Together We Rise" for a short documentary film about a Southern Arizona community coming together to build an eagle flight rehab cage at Tucson Wildlife Center. The rehab cage is part of the efforts to help mend the suffering of large raptors that are ill due to lead poisoning and other consequences of human encroachment. Check out their work at www.tucsonwildlife.com.

The song features Amber's vocals and keyboards, as well as her long time bandmate Doug "Hurricane" Floyd driving the electric guitar riffs, Alvin Blaine adding the swampy dobro, Jay Trapp diggin' into the bass, and Junior Medina's high energy drums.

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It Takes All

Amber Norgaard

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The extension of life happens in every act of loving kindness, as well as in the loving memories and life that live on after the earthly veil has lifted.

Amber wrote "IT TAKES ALL" for the Donor Family Tribute, an annual event hosted by Banner University Medical Center and the Donor Network of Arizona to honor organ/tissue donors and their families. When someone's life is helped because of the contribution of someone else who may no longer walk in the physical, this sacred connection transcends the veils of life. Families grieving the physical loss of their loved ones may feel a sense of comfort knowing that their loved one's life contributes to another...living on in other ways. And the recipients of this life are profoundly grateful for the gift of life.

"IT TAKES ALL" was also used by Melinda Peterson at the Garth England Blood Center annual donor appreciation night (Fort Collins, CO) in a gratitude presentation honoring those that donate blood. In 2014, Melinda received 54 blood products that saved her life. Read more about her story here: https://uchealth.org/news/blood-donors-thanked-for-saving-womans-life .

Thank you to Kim Hilty at Banner University Medical Center, Saint Cecilia Studios, Cauliflower Audio Mastering and Darci Slaten for helping sponsor this production. Thank you to Steven Lee Tracy for helping produce and contributing the guitar track to this recording.

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Past albums

Unexpected Grace

Amber Norgaard

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In a world of distraction and much unrest, Amber's "Unexpected Grace" album offers a refuge for the heart and a home for the soul.

Throughout this album, Norgaard weaves a poetical tapestry of hope and inspiration with a soul filling musical delivery. Her passionate vocal delivery, eloquent lyrics and beautiful piano/cello/guitar song arrangements will touch your heart and ignite your soul. Sit back, close your eyes and breathe...and experience the peace of this music.

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  1. 1 Light to the World 04:46 Info
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  2. 2 Live This Dream 03:49 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Stones to Judgment Day 02:37 Info
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  4. 4 Kingdom Come 03:14 Info
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  5. 5 Way of Grace 03:54 Info
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  6. 6 How Great Thou Art! America, The Beautiful 04:22
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  7. 7 Unexpected Grace 02:55 Info
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  8. 8 As We Shine 03:33 Info
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  9. 9 Amazing Grace 04:58
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  10. 10 Unexpected Grace (Instrumental) 02:53
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Long Way Home

Amber Norgaard

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"The title cut offers glimpses into Norgaard's roots on the Iowa prairie, fusing present and past through a homecoming for a final goodbye. Here and on most of the rest of the album, the emotions are heartfelt, delivered w/ a quiet passion and authenticity. "One Flame" is a beautiful simple and poignant love song, while "Listen to the Wind," a playful bit of blues rock, and "Overtaken," closer to country than anything else, provide unexpected color and dimension." ~Jim Lipson, Tucson Weekly

The album features Amber on vocals, piano and acoustic guitar, Tucson-area music award winners Doug "Hurricane" Floyd on electric guitar and Jay Trapp on bass, Michael G. Ronstadt on cello, and GRAMMY nominee Will Clipman on drums. Special guests appearances by Craig Schumacher on harmonica and Duncan Stitt on keyboards. The album was recorded at A Writer's Room (Tucson, AZ) and mixed at Wavelab Studio (Tucson, AZ).

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  1. 1 Long Way Home 04:59 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Riding Shotgun 03:37 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Still In Here 05:03 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Day I Dared 03:44 Info
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  5. 5 Listen to the Wind (Iowa Farm Song) 03:40 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Overtaken 04:08 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Pointless 04:20 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Edge of Heaven 03:34 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Quicksand 04:26 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Into the Open 06:21 Lyrics
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  11. 11 One Flame 03:11 Lyrics
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Rising

Amber Norgaard

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RISING album review from Tucson Lifestyle Magazine:

"Though Amber Norgaard's recent CD is called Rising, the truth is that her star has been ascending for quite a while. Solo, or with her band, she has proved to be a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with. Touchstones for her sound include Indigo Girls, Dar Williams and Carole King, but she certainly isn't an imitation of anyone. Her guitar playing rings with authority, and her voice is strong and confident, pretty but never sappy. The 12 tracks on Rising chart a course that is both personal and universal. Listeners can sense the specific incidents behind a song like "Turquoise Sea," yet its message of finding someone who is a port in a storm applies in so many circumstances. "Hell Town" shows off her blues chops, "Rectify" rocks steady and "Sweet Laughter" demonstrates that Norgaard writes introspective ballads on par with the best in the business. Standouts include the unpretentiously profound "Dark & Light," the hopeful "Not Too Late," and the title track, which quietly unfolds in a way that would make it perfect for a film soundtrack."

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  1. 1 Turquoise Sea 03:44 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Rectify 03:12 Lyrics
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  3. 3 High Above Myself 04:09 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Sweet Laughter 05:03 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Hell Town 04:38 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Live This Dream 03:43 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Dark & Light 05:43 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Airplane Graveyard 04:07 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Not Too Late 00:07 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Crazy State of Grace 04:28 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Rising 05:08 Lyrics
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  12. 12 In This Life 05:18 Info
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Soul In Motion

Amber Norgaard

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Eclectic mix of poignant lyrics, passionate vocals and raw, heartfelt music that melds contemporary folk and light rock.

Amber's debut album Soul in Motion is a collection of songs reflective of the human journey. The songs range from Amber's early days of songwriting, such as "Still In Here," a song portraying the struggle of finding and losing oneself, to her more recent work exploring similar themes, such as "Soul in Motion," the title track of the CD. The album takes the listener on a journey through emotional pondering about following one's calling in "Heed," to reflections about anger and emptiness fueling injustice and war in "Blessed Be This Mess," to the social plight of migrant persons in "Camino Del Diablo." Amber processes societal situations and human experiences through poignant lyric writing and passionate vocal melodies complemented by her piano and guitar playing.

The making of this album occurred in Alaska and Arizona.

Andrew Steele played drums and Shane Welch played bass on the songs "Soul In Motion," "Both Sides," "Heed," "Breathe Into Me," and "Unrest." Shane also played electric guitar on "Both Sides" and contributed the bass part on "Nothing Ends." Vince Chmielarczyk played electric guitar in "Unrest" and "Soul in Motion." The drums, bass, and electric guitars were recorded at DeSmet Sound in Bethel, Alaska. Jen Marasco contributed supporting vocals and 12 string guitar in "Soul in Motion" and "Heed."

Richard Katz made a guest appearance on keyboards in "Both Sides" and played the piano solo in "Still in Here." Richard's contributions were recorded at Allusion Studios in Tucson, Arizona.

Produced by Jim Pavett and Amber, the songs "Fly to the Heavens," "Bob Schmidt," "Blessed Be This Mess," and "Camino Del Diablo" feature Jim Pavett on drums, Mark Lindholm on bass, Doug Floyd on electric guitar and Richard Katz on strings. The drums, bass, electric guitar, string arrangement and Amber's piano were recorded at Allusion Studios in Tucson, Arizona.

The other seven songs were produced by Amber. She sings lead vocals on all songs and plays piano on all songs except "Fly to the Heavens." She contributes additional keyboards on "Heed" and "Nothing Ends" and plays acoustic guitar on "Fly to the Heavens," "Both Sides," and "Still in Here." Amber's vocals and piano were recorded at DeSmet Sound in Bethel, Alaska, Allusion Studios in Tucson, Arizona and Fireweed Music Productions in Tucson, Arizona. Her acoustic guitar was recorded at Fireweed Music Productions in Tucson, Arizona.

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  1. 1 Soul In Motion 03:13 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Fly to the Heavens 03:59 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Bob Schmidt 03:54 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Both Sides 04:15 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Heed 02:58 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Still In Here 04:24 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Blessed Be This Mess 04:18 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Breathe Into Me 03:21 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Camino Del Diablo 03:56 Info
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  10. 10 Unrest 05:33 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Nothing Ends 04:01 Info
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Acoustic Dreams

Amber Norgaard

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Due to popular demand for an acoustic album, Amber released the ACOUSTIC DREAMS EP in October 2007. The five song EP features George Nardo and Mark Cherry on acoustic guitar, Michelle Maliniak on trumpet, Michael Gilbert Ronstadt on cello, Joel Gottschalk and Jay Trapp on bass, and the multi-grammy nominated Will Clipman on percussion. All the songs on the EP were produced by George Nardo (Luna Recording Studio, Tucson, AZ) and Amber; except 'Cold Kiss Goodnight', which was produced by Jim Pavett (Allusion Studios, Tucson, AZ).

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  1. 1 Turquoise Sea 03:23
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  2. 2 Burning Bright 03:43
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  3. 3 Soldier Song 03:25 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Live This Dream 03:16
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  5. 5 Cold Kiss Goodnight 04:31
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