Last week Ambre was the winner of a songwriting challenge issued by CBC1′s “All In A Day” radio program, hosted by Alan Neal. After almost 50 entries, Ambre’s song “So Over” came into the top 4, going on to win the top spot after an overwhelming listener vote. Ambre performed her winning song at this past Friday’s “Musical Language”, The Song Writer’s Circle with Emm Gryner, Matthew Barber, Louise Burns and Ann Vriend. Curated and hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal, the event was part of this past weeks International Writer’s Festival in Ottawa.
To read more, and to hear Ambre’s winning tune go here.
AMBREMCLEAN.COM has been given a fresh face, updated, and relaunched. Look for plenty of new features, such as the mailing list signup on the right(be sure to signup for newsletter updates), new on-site audio player, a new Photo Gallery, and a Shop page for all the various ways to purchase Ambre McLean music.
Ambre McLean will be performing at this year’s NXNE Festival. For five days and nights, NXNE Music offers the hottest music and the freshest music-related ideas—all within a few km of each other. NXNE 2011 presented over 625 international, national and local acts at 57 official festival stages in downtown Toronto’s famous club district. In all, NXNE runs 7 days and nights, draws 300,000 attendees, and generates an annual economic impact of more than $50 million on the city of Toronto.
Catch Ambre McLean’s Official NXNE showcase June 18th @ CZEHOSKI (678 Queen St. West) – 11pm
Canadian music blog site NXEW.ca has posted a review of “Murder at the Smokehouse”.
“Ambre McLean defies categorization, and this is good. It may be hard to file Murder at the Smokehouse, but that’s precisely the point: this is music to be listened to, and better yet live. Don’t bother naming it – just enjoy.
McLean’s sound is intricate and ambitious. All the parts on the record were performed by her, with the guitar and vocal tracks being recorded in one take, off the floor. That’s impressive: as the guitar and McLean’s voice are the highlights here – two constants in a fine set of songs. The guitar playing is great – subtle and textured, generally understated but loud when necessary, mild distortion here and there, strong strumming like a train when necessary, subtle picking like a mild rain when necessary. The other constant – McLean’s voice – is an intrument itself: gorgeous, sometimes with a rich, bluesy feel, other times a sweet mellow sound, alternatively soft and ferocious, always carrying these tunes straight to your musical heart. Read Full Review Here
Tune into the Streaming Cafe tonight from 7-9pm to see Ambre McLean live! “Streaming Café is a venue where passionate and talented artists interact directly with music-lovers and those who enjoy all things indie. Our online web-show features bands, duos and solo artists of many different genres performing live in real-time. Through the website, viewers anywhere in the world can enjoy direct and personal interaction with the artists appearing in the cafe.” http://www.streamingcafe.net/
A couple years ago Ambre contributed the song “Missing You” to the soundtrack of an independent film called “Good People, Bad Things”. And, out of the woodwork here it is at #38 on the FMQB AC charts! http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=16693
You can preview the song for yourself here: