Amber (performer)

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Amber
Birth nameMarie-Claire Cremers
Born(1970-05-09) May 9, 1970 (age 44)
Ubbergen, Netherlands
OriginGermany
GenresEurodance, house, urban, pop rock, adult contemporary
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, producer
Years active1990–present
LabelsTommy Boy Records (1994-2002), Rhino, Ada, JMCA Enterprises (2004–present)
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Amber
Birth nameMarie-Claire Cremers
Born(1970-05-09) May 9, 1970 (age 44)
Ubbergen, Netherlands
OriginGermany
GenresEurodance, house, urban, pop rock, adult contemporary
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, producer
Years active1990–present
LabelsTommy Boy Records (1994-2002), Rhino, Ada, JMCA Enterprises (2004–present)
WebsiteOfficial website

Marie-Claire "Amber" Cremers (born May 9, 1970) is a Dutch-born German singer, songwriter, label owner and executive producer. She is best known for her hits "This Is Your Night," "If You Could Read My Mind," and "Sexual (Li Da Di)."

Career[edit]

1996-1997: Debut album[edit]

Amber's music career took off when one of her demos, "This Is Your Night" gained interest from Tommy Boy Records. Soon after its release as a single, it became one of the most successful songs of 1996 and 1997. A full length album soon followed. It included two more hit singles, "Colour Of Love" and "One More Night."

1998-1999: Second self-titled album[edit]

In 1999 Amber released her second (self titled) album which garnered the most mainstream attention thus far. The first single "Sexual (Li Da Li)" achieved success in the US Billboard charts as well as charting across Europe. The album also included the single "If You Could Read My Mind" by Stars On 54 (a collaboration with Ultra Naté and Jocelyn Enriquez) which was featured on the soundtrack to the movie '54'.

2000: Remixed and Grammy nomination[edit]

In 2000, Amber released the album 'Remixed', which contained remixes of all her previous singles, including "If You Could Read My Mind." It also included a non-album track "Taste The Tears" which had previously appeared on the TV soundtrack for "Sex and The City".

In 2001, she received a Grammy nomination as the writer of 'Love One Another' for Cher's cover version and also co wrote for Bette Midler.

2001-2003: Naked and departure from Tommy Boy Records[edit]

Amber's third album "Naked" was released in early 2002. It was her first album not produced by the Berman Brothers but with her longtime collaborator and producer Wolfram Dettki, as she bought out her contract. Musically, Amber continued the path she had started with: she continued to write her own lyrics and attempted even more of a departure from her original Eurodance sound. Amber parted ways with Tommy Boy Records after her third album because of creative differences.

2004-2006: My Kind of World[edit]

Amber's fourth album, "My Kind of World" was the first to be released on her own label, and was more personal and moodier than her previous releases. The album did not gain mainstream attention. Three singles were taken from the album, "You Move Me", "Voodoo" and "Just Like That".

2008-present: Remixes and current status[edit]

In 2008 she re-released her debut single "This Is Your Night" with new remixes. The song had not been made available digitally due to legal issues regarding distribution. In August 2008 she collaborated with Zelma Davis of C&C Music Factory fame on a cover of No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), the classic duet by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand. Both songs were accompanied by new music videos.

In 2009 Amber was the closing act at Baltimore's Gay Pride festival on Saturday, June 20, 2009.[1] In 2010 she was the closing act at Pittsburgh's Gay pride festival on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Amber was one of the headlining performers at the Portland Pride Festival on June 20, 2010. She was also the closing act at Providence Gay Pride on June 19, 2010. Amber performed as one of the headline acts at 2013 Stonewall Summer Pride in Wilton Manors, Florida.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US ElectrUS IndieUS HeatNZ
1996This Is Your Night44
1999Amber
  • Released: September 21, 1999
  • Label: Tommy Boy Records
  • Formats: CD
10
2002Naked
  • Released: August 20, 2002
  • Label: Tommy Boy Records
  • Formats: CD
720
2004My Kind of World
  • Released: October 5, 2004
  • Label: JMC Enterprises
  • Formats: CD

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
USUS DanceUK
[2]
GERNEDNZAUS
FRA
SPA
1996"This Is Your Night"24101431440113This Is Your Night
"Colour of Love"74531
1997"One More Night"589
1998"If You Could Read My Mind"
(Stars on 54: Ultra Naté, Amber, Jocelyn Enriquez)
5232363821Amber
1999"Sexual (Li Da Di)"4213487942440
2000"Above the Clouds"1
"Love One Another"1
2001"Yes!"1Naked
2002"The Need to Be Naked"1
2003"Anyway (Men are From Mars)"12
2004"You Move Me"4My Kind of World
2005"Voodoo"13
2006"Just Like That"9
"Melt With the Sun"5Non-album single
2008"No More Tears (Enough is Enough)"
(Amber and Zelma Davis)
2009"I Don't Believe in Hate (Drip Drop)"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Performers :: Baltimore Pride 2009 ::. Baltimorepride.org. Retrieved on 2012-05-01.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 21. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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