MEET: Amber Eyes, a powerhouse singer and prolific songwriter from Rochester, MA now living in LA
Don't be misled by her petite frame. This petite package packs a powerful vocal punch that will knock you out. Her large presence is made known from the first note out of her mouth. She's in control vocally and captivating everyone in her path. This artist, now know as Amber Eyes, is a creative force who keeps reinventing herself, musically and physically. Born Jillian Jensen, to a home filled with music, from Alanis Morisette to James Taylor and Johnny Cash, that fueled a desire to sing and perform since age 2. She says, "It's the only thing that just makes sense to me. It's my heart and soul and my safe haven." Heavy emphasis on the "soul." Amber Eyes picked up her first instrument at age 5 and began expressing herself in writing at just 8 years old. Her vibe is definitely soulful, but there are all kinds of influences in her music. You may have witnessed her vocal prowess as Jillian Jensen, who had 2 memorable stints on network television. First came the X Factor where her 2012 audition gained millions of views overnight. She made it to the top 24 and her name and story became viral. Her family convinced her to audition for American Idol, only this time on her terms, with her original music. Jensen landed in the top 30, and gained a fan in Keith Urban. Today, this gifted artist makes Los Angeles her home, and makes her music her way, without borders or labels.
All Eyes on Amber Eyes
I had the great pleasure of hosting Amber Eyes in our Country 102-5 studios recently where she gifted us with her new music. Here's her haunting, "Ecstasy"
Check out Amber's "I Need That Drug To Get Me By," her brand new single.
Her single, "I Need That Drug To Get Me By" was just released worldwide! Take a listen to the official studio recording
According To Amber
- Plays guitar, piano, bass, harmonica, ukulele, as well as a little bit of drums, sax and violin
- Biggest influences: Alanis Morissette, Amy Winehouse and Johnny Cash
- Has opened for: Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Fifth Harmony, Jennifer Lopez, Pentatonix, Jessie J and many more
- All-time favorite country song: "Landslide"
- Favorite country concerts: Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band
- First country concert: Brad Paisley
- Current favorites on Country 102-5: "Meant To Be" -Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha, "Marry Me" by Thomas Rhett and throwbacks shuffled in
- If you weren't a musician: I would be in fitness. My two major loves, music and fitness
- Most proud moment: Getting the seal of approval from Keith Urban after singing an original song for him during the stages of American Idol
- Crazy things that happen in your career: After being on X Factor, a bunch of fans found out about my love for Spongebob and sent me literally everything Spongebob you could imagine...needless to say, my child's bedroom will be decked out!(whenever that happens haha)
- None locally now, she was just here for a month of gigs, and is back in LA for shows. Check her website for future New England performances
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