“Like watching Ruth Draper after she’s come back from an acid trip during which she thought she was Janis Joplin” – The Willamette Week
Amber Martin is a celebrated NYC Downtown Performing Artist, Comedic Monologist and Vocalist. Greatly inspired onstage in the traditions of Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett and Dolly Parton to name a few, Amber has been named one of the top performers of 2010 by The New Yorker.
Some of Amber’s performance projects of note include appearing with Joan Rivers on Celebrity Apprentice and opening for Joan’s live NYC shows. Amber brought Mayor Bill Di Blasio and the celebrity-filled room to their feet as her popular character portrayal of Reba McEntire. You can hear her belting out featured vocals on The Scissor Sisters single “Inevitable” from their latest Magic Hour album (co-produced with Pharrell). Ms. Martin sang with Kylie Minogue and Jake Shears at the 2014 Chandelier Creative Holiday Gala to benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. A featured guest soloist in Piaf: A Centennial Celebration, Amber has also been a featured vocalist with Sandra Bernhard, both at Town Hall in New York City. Amber appeared with Justin Vivian Bond at The Royal Music Hall in San Francisco and was a featured performer at P.S. 122’s Annual Gala, as well as the guest performer in collaboration with designer Rachel Comey at NYC Fashion Week. She has also appeared onstage at Irving Plaza, La Mama, The Boom Boom Room, Abrons Art Center, The Soho Grand and The Ace Hotel.
Amber also continues to evolve as writer, curator and star of her own performance series’: The Days of My Lives(Solo Artist Residency at Joe’s Pub), Amber Alert!, Hi!, Wigshop, Stoned Soul: In Love With Laura Nyro (Residency at 54 Below) and Janis: Undead. These, performed at such esteemed venues as Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Cutting Room, BAM and Wild Project. Amber’s shows have featured powerhouse guest stars Karen Black, John Cameron Mitchell and Joyce Dewitt among other insanely talented friends.
Amber is currently mastering her first studio album, AM Gold, set to release October 6th, 2016 at Joe’s Pub NYC, with two of the songs featured in John Cameron Mitchell’s upcoming feature film, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.
“…the big, moving Bessie Smith-like sound…” “chill-inducing” – The New Yorker – Hilton Als’ Best Performers
“Martin's blend of brash (sometimes bizarre) comedy and beautiful music fit perfectly in her tough-yet-sentimental adopted home, New York City—and has earned her a devoted following.” - Time Out New York
“Her fullness of voice and spot-on characterizations put the show in another dimension.” – The New Yorker
“… a powerful woman whose heightened sense of the ridiculous goes head to head with her distinctly American voice.” – The New Yorker
“The pitch-perfect, multi-talented Martin seamlessly floats between multiple costumes, personae and skits, never once leaving the stage, and carrying the calm of a seasoned performer” – The New York Times
"A chameleonic performer with a mind-blowing voice, Amber Martin dissolves completely into her original characters (and a spot-on Reba McEntire)" – Time Out New York
“I haven't laughed like that in I don't know when. Amber is the real deal, a fucking scream, like I Love Lucy on acid beyond the pale! I think she is brilliant!” – Sandra Bernhard