Clarissa Amber: A lIttle About me...
After the first note you hear belt out of the mouth of this R&B soul singer, it takes you back in time to a place when music was on vinyl and labels were families. Clarissa Amber’s soulful sweet melodic vocals contrasted by her signature growl are captivating audiences around LA.
A native of Los Angeles, Clarissa Amber 's first recording was a radio jingle promoting “Rick’s Family Affair” on KJLJ FM 102.3 where her LA famous DJ dad (Rick Holmes) was a radio personality and recording artist. Sitting at the station and in recording studios on his knee, she absorbed the music of the 70's and early 80's which influences her sound today.
The strong gospel influence in her sound comes from singing with and backing up such gospel greats as Dr. Isaiah Jones Jr., Bishop Clarence McClendon, and Donnie McClurkin. While at Syracuse University, she was apart of the prolific and historical BCCE "Black Celestial Choral Ensemble".
Clarissa Amber performed at ‘The Candy Shack’ regularly on Friday nights, a jazz club on Crenshaw, for several years. While singing regularly at The Candy Shack, the regulars named her "SWEET TEA" due to her southern style and refreshing sound. She covers Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Sade, and Jill Scott with passion and names each one as a life changing musical hero.
In late July 2015, she released her first EP album, "SWEET TEA: Musical Refreshment”. The CD is a Neo-Soul/R&B collection of Love Songs all written and arranged by Clarissa Amber that has reached over 6,000 plays on SoundCloud and has been well received in the Los Angeles music community.
The Warehouse, GS Sports Bar, The Mint, The Bardot, XenLounge and The Rose Pasadena are just a few of the venues "Sweet Tea" has performed.
“When I sing I go into a place where there is no space or time…just love. I really hope to bring people into that place with me each time [I perform] and touch lives with the melodies in my heart.” - Clarissa Amber