发行：Eastern Records Sdn Bhd
类别：西洋 | 女歌手
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Her smoldering, sexy look may remind you of internationally-famous pop stars like Mandy Moore, but her warm ways and winning smile are distinctly Pinoy.
She is Amber (full name: Amber Alejo Rowley), a potential Fil-American pop superstar whose song is currently dominating the airwaves. Billed as the most exciting female solo act of 2006, Amber, dubbed as the country's Pop Jewel, is the voice behind the current radio favorite, Manila.
Manila is the first single off Amber's album entitled Feel Good Music. The album ?which launched at the Hard Rock Cafe Makati in a launch-cum-concert last July 15, 2006 was presented by Magic 89.9, Storm Watches London and No Curfew Watch Store and sponsored by Volvo, Gold's Gym, Jancen Cosmetics Surgery and MYX. The album features 12 all-original songs.
The other songs on the album include In This Place, Jungle, So Beautiful, Ikaw Ang Buhay Ko, See You Soon, He's Not You, All For Nothing, I Need, We Need Love, Daddy and the title track, Feel Good Music.
Although most people mistake it for being a cover of the Hotdog song of the 70s, Amber's first single, Manila, is actually an original track inspired by her memories of her early years in the country.
Born in Mesa, Arizona to a Filipino mother and American father, Amber spent the first few years of her life in the US. When she was five years old, the family moved back to the Philippines and to her mother's hometown of Malolos, Bulacan. After a while, they relocated to Angeles, Pampanga because of her father's work. They were living in Pampanga when Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991.
Even then, Amber was already a born performer. As a child, she appeared in several TV commercials and made guest appearances on local television shows.
After high school, the family moved back to the US, choosing to settle in Los Angeles, California so Amber could pursue her dreams of a singing career. She started off working with different touring groups, and doing background vocals for artists like Hillary Duff. In 2004, Amber was signed to NBA player Dale Davis' record label, W.A.R entertainment. She recorded two singles for the movie soundtrack Playa's Ball.
After her contract expired, Amber moved to Osaka, Japan where she worked as a lead vocalist for the popular rock and hip-hop stage show Enwhy at Universal Studios.
After finishing her contract with Universal, she flew to the Philippines to see what opportunities were available. They sent out bios and demo CD's, and at least four different record companies showed interest in signing her up. In the end, however Amber gave her nod to Viva Records because of its reputation and track record at building up recording stars.
Amber says that like other Fil-foreign music starsuch as Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls and Mutya Buena, formerly of the Sugababeshe is proud of her heritage.
"I carry all that with me, and that's what I want to do: take the Filipino culture and incorporate it into my music," she says.
All of the songs on her album reflect Amber's pride in her being Filipino. "I may have grown up abroad, but even when I was there, a part of me was still here," says Amber. "Now, I want to come here and give back. I want to establish my roots."
She is very excited that already, her music seems to have found an audience. The song is number one on various radio countdowns and its music video is starting to climb the charts. Its infectious beat and lyrics that inspire Filipinos to embrace their culture and be proud of it has struck a resounding chord in listeners everywhere.
Amber's debut album is available in CDs and cassettes in all major record stores nationwide, from Viva Records.