Amber Rae Dunn
Updated: Jan 27
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I had a friend from Keya who was a singer songwriter who I went to college with, he asked me to join his Reggae band so I did that for a while before he promoted me to try to start writing. I wrote my first song "Arkansas Line" and the rest was history. I fell in love with songwriting and performing.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
We got kicked out of Cumulus Media Headquarters one time down in Atlanta. The artist I was on tour with at the time had a bogus publicist who told him he had an interview there, and it just so happened when we walked up to the front door, another employee was going in to her job and she used her key card to get us all the way to the floor we needed to be on. Complete serendipity, but when the head guy found out we were there ready for our interview (a bunch of artists he had no clue of and definite couldn't figure out how we were in his conference room) he flipped out and basically cussed the artist we were working for out and told us to leave immediately. Looking back it's pretty funny
What has been the high point of your music path?
Hosting the Tennessee Music Awards. I think it was two years ago now, but I was a co-host with a radio guy out of Jackson TN and it was my first time hosting something. It felt so natural and was extremely fun getting to goof off and entertain the people in between the sets/awards by being myself.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I tend to write melodies and lyrics at the same time. Short catchy lyrics come to me fairly easily but the verses often times are harder. As far an instrument, I did just pick up the guitar in the last few years but many of my early songs, and still some today, are a Capella.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Digital streaming services as a means of an artist generating revenue. I don't see this as a sustainable business model we can all retire on, not even for the bigger artists (although they have a better chance), but especially not for the little guy like me. Of course the world is currently ever- changing, now faster than ever, so I'm sure it wont last too long; artists just have to ride it out I guess.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Little Jimmy Dickens - he is one of my all time favorites and I really feel like our humor is the same, so I'm sure we would have lots of silly things to sing about.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Pretty laid back. My band is a derivative of a band I worked at a studio with, and was on tour with, so we are all friends first and that makes everything fun. None of us get bent out of shape easily.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Probably Ryan's song. It's about my little brother who died; it was the reason I moved back from Nashville and is a big influence in my life now. It's something you never get over and one song or a million can never capture the gut wrenching pain of knowing you have nothing but memories. I guess that will be something I'll be writing on for years, but with this one being the first one - this one is always going to be the most raw.
What's coming up in the future?
We will be releasing one song a month for the remainder of this year so if you like this first one stay tuned. We will also have a video for each, and I'll be playing out live as much as I can.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Check out Amber's new song, "Barber Shop!"
About Amber Rae Dunn
Nominated for both Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year in 2018 by the Tennessee Music Awards Amber Rae Dunn and her band “Amber Rae Dunn and the Mulberries” have an infectious way of captivating their audiences and making them feel like part of the show. Since the release of her first original album “Arkansas Line” in 2017 recorded with two time Grammy award winning producer Mark Goodman & Andrew Cabigao at MGP The Studio featuring Rex Wiseman of the Oak Ridge Boys amongst others, Dunn has performed fearlessly on every stage she’s set foot on.
After winning NASH Next Top Regional artist for the Mid-South last year, Jessica Northey (a digital consultant with Finger Candy Media and one of Forbes Top 50 Power Influencers) said, “I love how Pure Country [she is]. It’s one of the biggest things missing in country music these days. The country part!” Amber has opened for big name country acts such as Gary Allen, Radio Romance, Jordan Davis, and the Rhodes Show. Through these experiences she’s learning more and more each day about the demand this industry can have, but if anyone is up for the challenge it’s Amber.
She’s currently held title as Memphis Songwriters Associations Vice President for two years and Co-Hosts a songwriter showcase in Memphis each week called “Meet Me in Memphis” at South Main Sounds while working part-time as a visiting teacher with the Delta Arts since graduating Memphis College of art back in 2012 with a degree in Sculpture. When asked why she moved from Nashville to pursue her music in Memphis she says “for one I feel more creative here, these are MY people and two, well who’s the King of Memphis Blues? B.B. King. Who’s the king of Memphis Rock n’ Roll? Elvis Presley. Now who’s the queen of Memphis country? …Amber Rae Dunn!” and that’s exactly who she plans to be!
For more information on Amber Rae Dunn, please visit her website.