I’ve always been drawn to sound and how it affect’s people. How fascinating it is that someone across the world is listening to the same thing as you this very moment, and likely for the same reasons. Music connects us all. I know it sounds cliché but it’s so true. If there is one thing music has taught me in my life, (so far) is the virtue of presence. If you’re having a hard day, lean into it, let the emotions wash over you and sing along! Don’t be afraid to experience all of the joys and pains of life.
When I was growing up, I was constantly told by my peers that I was dramatic and overly emotional; it always bugged me. What was wrong with being connected to my feelings? Why is wearing an emotional mask more accepted than being real, raw, honest? I’ve never subscribed to that form of censorship.
Looking back on my adolescence today, I’m grateful for all those growing pains. All those heartbreaks and fake friendships that came to a head. All those days wondering what my life would be like if my Mom and Dad were still together. It all molded me. Those experiences paved my way towards writing. I filled stacks of journals and poured all my emotions into them so they had their place in time. I didn’t know it then, but my connection to those feelings and subsequent words would map out my life as I know it today.
THE MAGIC IN BEING PRESENT
In the writing world I’m what you call a “top liner. ” I connect with different musicians and producers to create the vocal arrangement and lyrics. I take all those “feeling’s” I was given a hard time about, and transform them into art.
Sometimes they’re happy pop-driven bubble gum emotions. Sometimes they’re dripping with sadness; and both are my truth. I love what I do. I love the fact that I have the freedom to express who I am in each fleeting moment.
I’m addicted to the connection and synergy that is created between the other artists and myself when we make a song, and in my experience, the magic happens when you are truly present.
For example, one of my collaborations is a project called “The Lift.” Following a few stagnant days of writing I walked into the room where my partner Davy was waiting to begin. Since our last attempts at discussing where we wanted the project to go failed, he had a different approach in mind: when I entered the room he didn’t speak to me, he simply played a melody he was working on repeatedly.
The Lift – Make Me Believe
Once I settled in the room and let go of all that I had anticipated the session to be, I began singing. I never start with words. I always begin with a melody and once I locked in on one that felt right, Davy turned to me and nodded his head…magic.
Those types of breakthroughs don’t happen with every song and it’s important to not put pressure on the outcome. Just like life, music is unpredictable. Do your best to speak your truth and like-minded people will gravitate towards all that makes you, YOU.
I absolutely hate talking about myself so I’ll finish our conversation with a thank you. I appreciate you all taking the time to read about my process and experiences in the industry. To learn more about my music and fellow collaborator’s you can read my bio below.
Amber Ojeda is a California–based recording artist that fuses Pop, R&B, Jazz and electronic music. Her music can be heard in feature films and high-rated TV shows on networks such as ABC, VH1, MTV, ESPN, The CW, Velocity, Oxygen, The Style Network and more. In 2017 she landed the theme song for a new currently-untitled Bravo show.
As a writer, Amber continues to work with some of the industry’s top musicians and producers including Davy Nathan (Christina Aguilera), Michael Feingold (Jay-Z, Joe Jonas), David Michael Ott (Jussie Smollett) & Kovas (Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown). With an infinite bounty of creative potential in her heart, Amber is also a sought after songwriter frequently called upon to write for other artists and commissioned to create vocal arrangements and lyrics for various projects. Amber released her third studio album, Geminis & Virgins in 2016.
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