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Who are you and what do you do?
I am an introverted extrovert with eclectic tastes in music, movies, art, and various other genres. As Tony Curtis once said “I am a sing-ah of sawngs”… I’m a classically trained Soprano with a 4 octave range. I can sing anything from Opera and Broadway to Cher, Journey, and other great bands from the 1960s-today.
Why does it matter?
Everything matters! But in regards to me singing? It matters to keep the art alive. Music is that universal language, even if you can’t understand the words you can feel the emotions coming out of the music. Is it fast? Slow? In a minor key? Even untrained people can hear the differences. Music has the power to make people feel good, and that’s what matters: Putting a smile on someone’s face, making them feel emotions they didn’t know they had, bringing a roomful of people together with one song. It’s breath taking.
When did you realize performing was what you wanted to do?
I’ve been on the stage in one aspect or another since I was barely 4. I started off in ballet, then added tap when I was 5. Continued all the way with dance until I was a month away from 14 when an incredibly bad leg break ended my formal dance training. The next year I was a freshman in high school and had auditioned for chorus instead of the track team, and the rest was history. I fell in love with singing, was the only freshman to have a solo in the big end of year while school choir revue. Really, I can’t recall a time in my life when I didn’t want to perform.
Do you remember what it was like in the beginning?
It was always fun learning new dance routines, and then the day came when you finally got to see and try on your recital costume! Then having your mom do your makeup and hair and then waiting back stage with all the other girls that were equally excited to go out on stage and dance their hearts out for their families and friends. I was always attracted to the costumes and I know somewhere I’m sure there’s a box of all my dance recital costumes.
What is your dream performance?
To play Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera tied with Mimi in La Boheme.
Which living person do you most admire?
Kevin Spacey. Not only is that man the greatest actor of our generation, he gives a lot back to the community by ensuring that the arts continues. During his time at the Old Vic he was very prominent in the young artist programs. He’s just awe inspiring and continues to make live performance a priority.
Which living person do you most despise?
I’m not sure I despise anyone. Though I can say I despise the people that continue to cut funding for Arts programs in school. It’s disgusting.
What is the quality do you most like in a man?
What is the quality do you most like in a woman?
Honesty. Communication. (Catching a theme?)
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Helping co-create/co-found my performance group: Desert Melodies.
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
Chopin polonaises, Hands down, followed by a great Puccini aria, certain torch songs … basically any well written music filled with emotion and passion. Hell, even some Guns N Roses songs make me cry.
What turns you off?
What is your favorite curse word?
Fuck-a-duck! Essentially anything with fuck in it, because it can be used in so many ways, mainly “you’ve got to be fucking kidding me” or Jesus fucking Christ. Motherfucker…etc
What sound or noise do you love?
1st love on earth: Ocean waves!!! Followed closely by thunderstorms & rain, crickets & frogs
What sound or noise do you hate?
Nails on a black board, utensil scraping a plate, chewing with your mouth open.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Hollywood Costume designer!
What profession would you not like to do?
Any telemarketing type job. Blah!
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“You’ve made a lot of people happy with your singing. Thank you for using the gift I gave you”
Amberlee will be performing on August 20, 2016 at The Screening Room for Downtown Burlesk: Strip Local in downtown Tucson, AZ. For more details, visit http://www.tsrdowntown.com.