Amberlin is a Long Beach-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who artfully composes spacious soundscapes that she builds musically layer by layer. She has a vision of hope and a desire to use music to bring change to the world.
Amberlin’s love of music started early; she took violin lessons in third grade, before quitting and moving on to keyboard before giving that up. When she was twelve, she worked in the strawberry fields outside Seattle, Washington, where she worked for half a season and used the money she made there to buy her first guitar. Amberlin took lessons for a couple of months before giving them up when she moved to Atlanta, where she attended a high school with an arts program and focused on theatre. Amberlin played guitar on and off, but met up with a classmate who did spoken word poetry; they did some gigs where Amberlin played guitar and her classmate did her poetry. She eventually moved back to California where she picked up drums. She formed a band, singing and playing guitar and picking up bass. Amberlin now plays with an Afro-Latin band, Tropi Corillo, and often sings in other people’s bands.
Amberlin started writing in middle school and was a big fan of pop music, especially Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys. “Listening to pop music like the Backstreet Boys really helped me learn about the structure of a song: verse, melody, chorus,” she says. She was writing lyrics in middle school, though sometimes she wrote melodies and sometimes not. Amberlin says she first started writing music in high school. “My theater teacher was very encouraging; he thought my song “Homelessness” was an old Negro spiritual. My bandmate and I were talking about social issues back then. ”
She uses her platform to help people and to give a voice to the voiceless. “I fight because I have hope,” Amberlin says. “I think we are evolving as a society. People are starting to wake up to the inequities of society. What I would like to see are people in power held accountable for their actions. Once we come to terms with our role in it, we can improve it.”
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The Bird Lords’ eclectic flight path, from ethereal to gritty, lands you on the dance floor, in the mosh pit, in the city streets, and in the back seat of their rig as they hit the road. Making life happen yet … They share a unique and upbeat message along the way.
Mik, a multi-instrumentalist and live-looper provides the perfect backdrop and inspiration for Lisa’s songwriting style and vocal sensibilities.
Mik enjoys a popular solo career in Tucson and has played bass for 30 years, he has opened for No Doubt, March Fourth, and Steve Roach. Mik plays bass with the Eugene Boronow Trio in Tucson.
Lisa has been a songwriter for over 20 years, performing in duos, and as an acoustic solo artist for the last 10 years. Vocalist in local art band B4skin from 2014-18, they opened for Metalachi and Corey Feldman/Corey’s Angels.
The Bird Lords have performed at the Side Pony Express Music Festival in Bisbee AZ.
Culling from such diverse influences as Funk, RnB, Soul, and Hip Hop, to Jazz, Punk, Blues, Rock and Roll, and Americana the Bird Lords hatched their first EP in November of 2019- “Nest Egg” is available now on their bandcamp page.
Multi-media adventurers, The Bird Lords are busy writing and recording new songs, and producing videos in their studio, The Bird Nest, in Tucson, Arizona.
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Angie Hudson is a singer, musician and collaborator from Byron Bay, Australia.
Her latest release ‘Just Two’; is a song about creating a world with someone and how magic that can be. Written in a friends apartment in Amsterdam late in the summer of 2019 before the world went into lockdown. Triple J’s Nkechi Anele states that “Angie’s ability to break your heart with her voice is out of control. I hang on her every word – so beautiful.”
Having performed Falls Festival Byron Bay, Mullumbimby Music Festival, touring with acts such as Harry James Angus, Tora, Alex the Astronaut and Parcels, captivating audiences across Australia and EU with Sofar Sounds shows in Paris and London. 2020 has seen Angie working with ARIA award winning producer Steven Schram ( Paul Kelly, San Cisco, Mojo Juju) on an exciting new body of work.