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Review: Amberly Chalberg, “There Will Come A Day”

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Review: Amberly Chalberg, “There Will Come A Day”

“I often speak of the modern day troubadour, and Amberly Chalberg, along with the artists she admires, can count herself among this rarefied group. There Will Come A Day is a record that resonates, and that’s exactly what a true artist strives to achieve with their work.”

Artist: Amberly Chalberg

EP: There Will Come A Day

Genre: Folk / Country

RIYL: Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, Katie Herzig, Ingrid Michaelson

Amberly Chalberg - There Will Come A Day

Where does inspiration come from? Musical inspiration can hit from subtle sources, and sometimes it springs from crisis and emotional turbulence. Amberly Chalberg found deep and immediate motivation when her father was diagnosed with stage four cancer. The result of her desire to express the love, loss, family, heartbreak and hope is all evident with the release of her new EP There Will Come A Day. This Montana-born artist drew from her childhood, her relationship with her father and her wish that he hear those things in all their heartwarming authenticity as he recovered.

But this is not a sad story. There are moments in life where we find out who we are and what we’re really made of. Amberly Chalberg discovered a renewed passion for songwriting and performance while both she and her father healed from this experience. And this is a powerful and recurring theme on this solid six-song collection. There Will Come A Day may have been born from adversity, but the subtleties and hopefulness that shine through say more about the artist than a tortured set of tunes ever could.

Amberly Chalberg is a storyteller. “Chicago” was an immediate draw, a strong melodic hook and Chalberg’s smooth vocal delivery made this stand out immediately. An easy tune that will have you singing along and enjoying the light touch of the pedal steel. “Superhero” takes on a more layered, complex sound with a slightly harder edge, but the emotional investment of the vocal performance is the perfect balance to the bigger sound in the musical arrangement. “Big Blue Truck” is a favorite, and shows off her storytelling in such a personal way that’s so charming it brings an easy smile to your face. Chalberg’s buoyant vocals and passion are equal only to the strong lyrics here.


After listening to this refreshingly heartbreaking and hopeful set of songs, I was even more dumbstruck by a quote in her press pack: “I listen to a lot of artists that I know that I’ll never be. People I can totally admire [who] have this God-given talent that I’ll never reach.” Whether she realizes it or not, Amberly Chalberg carries a deep reservoir of talent within herself alongside a great deal of strength, both as a songwriter and human. I often speak of the modern day troubadour, and Amberly Chalberg, along with the artists she admires, can count herself among this rarefied group. There Will Come A Day is a record that resonates, and that’s exactly what a true artist strives to achieve with their work.

Hear a sample of “Chicago” here: http://amberlychalberg.com/track/801531/chicago?autostart=true

Amberly Chalberg website: http://www.amberlychalberg.com/

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