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Check Out Amber Bonham’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Bonham.

Hi Amber, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’m from Fort Worth, Texas and I think I began singing when I was around five. I remember being bullied as a child and singing Disney songs to myself during recess to help me feel better. In addition to being bullied, I had such a difficult home life and singing was the only way I knew how to escape and mildly comfort myself. My mom was also a singer, so I think I picked up on her gift, constantly watching her rehearse at home. When I turned 9, I joined the church choir and I pulled a few of my girlfriends into the bathroom one night and asked them if they thought my voice was any good. They all were very supportive and it was this moment that actually encouraged me to continue pursuing my singing. During middle school, I joined musical theatre classes and participated in talent shows, but it wasn’t until highschool that I really got formal training. I worked with a few private vocal coaches and was in every choir I could sign up for.

Singing was always an escape for me, I really enjoy making other people feel good and I can do that with my voice. I found that singing was a way for me to creatively express myself and heal others. When I say that my home life was difficult, I’ll go into detail and share with you that my mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness when I was just seven years old, and that same year my father was sentenced to seven years in prison. Her life expectancy was seven years after the diagnosis and she was able to push on for ten, passing away just before my senior year of highschool. I think that facing all of this news at such a young age was overwhelming, setting me up for a future that I feared. At the age of seven, I had a lot of changes being thrown my way and all of this pressure naturally provided a perfect environment for me and my four siblings to just fight all the time. Singing was how I escaped my painful reality. I knew that if singing could help me feel better, it could certainly help others so I plugged in deep with my church and began leading worship in the youth group.

After my mother’s traumatic and anticipated death, I moved in with my father and two younger brothers. I didn’t really have a relationship with my father before this point, and this transition was hard on me.  My senior year of highschool was emotionally heavy, but I kept myself busy with music and cheerleading so I wouldn’t have to process all that was happening in my personal life.

At age 25, I spontaneously packed up my bags and moved to Los Angeles, it just felt like the next step in my music career. I continued hustling and working with as many people as I could, but anyone who lives in LA can tell you that everyone out here is working towards being somebody, and you certainly can’t trust all of them. I think I made a great deal of connections but I also learned my lesson in this industry, I just kept working with people that I could trust while showing up to every open mic night I could find. I’ve had so many ups and downs in the industry, like any creative trying to make it in Los Angeles, but there’s something inside of me that wants to heal others so deeply that I just can’t stop. I know that I’m meant for great things, I’ve known it my entire life…and I know that my voice will take me there. I think getting comfortable with failure is key because you just have to keep trying until something sticks. It wasn’t until recently that I found a group of producers who really wanted to work with me on finding and developing MY sound. It’s true that I might have run into others who were capable in the past, but maybe I wasn’t spiritually ready to receive that. I’ve come so far and gone through so much, and I’m finally at a place in my life and career where I can breathe and sing with intentions that align with my purpose. I’m a healer, and I want to give something to everyone. I know it’s my time. I’m here to raise the consciousness of the planet through my creative expression.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I love people, I enjoy listening and helping people as much as I can. Which means I also need a lot of alone time because I give so much. I mentioned before that in addition to my singing career, I’m a healer, and I’ve spent my entire life learning how to heal with my voice. However, recently I discovered that I have a talent for healing using the Japanese technique of Reiki. Reiki is a form of energy healing thats been around since the early 20th century. In my sessions, I incorporate crystal singing sound bowls and actual crystals! All of my clients deeply benefit from the sessions, and it’s incredibly rewarding. I love helping others and I’m excited to extend this healing through my music!

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up, I was very kind, sweet, goofy and sociable. I actually used to get bullied for being too friendly, believe it or not! One time in 4th grade, my classmates all had an intervention with me during recess and they asked me why I called everyone so much and always wanted to hang out. As you can imagine, this was extremely embarrassing, and now that I’m older and have gained some perspective, I know that I was just trying to escape my terrible home life. I have always been very kind and loving and accepting of everyone. I was the girl in school who stood up for the kids that got picked on and shouted back at bullies. As I got a little older, people stopped bullying me and everyone started to admire me. I think I can remember every boy in my class being my boyfriend, I just wanted to love and be loved. Of course, I also wanted to be a superstar, but I never let that dream affect me in a way that made me rude to others.

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