Amber Norgaard performs at Arts on Grand

Monday, November 12, 2012

Singer/songwriter Amber Norgaard will perform at Arts on Grand in Spencer on Thurs., Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. The concert is open to the public. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Growing up on a farm outside of Spencer, Amber was involved in band and choir, and was the Tiger mascot her senior year. She graduated from Spencer High School in 1992. After receiving her bachelor's degree in nursing at Creighton University in Omaha she worked as a nurse in the remote villages of the Dominican Republic. She then worked in Oregon at a clinic for migrant Hispanic people, and eventually settled in Alaska working with the Native Alaskan population. It was during this time that Amber discovered music was a universal language that could connect people beyond barriers of language and culture.

In 2004 Amber left her Alaskan lifestyle to pursue a musical dream. Since then, the nurse-turned-musician has released three full-length albums, all of which are available at Arts on Grand. She was voted the 2007 Up & Coming Artist of the Year at the Tucson Area Music Awards (TAMMIES) and has received several honors from international songwriting competitions. Now a resident of Tucson, AZ, Amber is recognized in the Southwest as "a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with ... known for her thoughtfulness in tackling important social issues, craftsmanship, wit and charisma" (Tucson Lifestyle Magazine).