|Birth name||Amber Kristine Rubarth|
|Born||September 21, 1982|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Drums|
Amber Rubarth (born September 21, 1982) is an independent American Singer-Songwriter who has released 6 albums and 2 EPs. Her latest album, produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Kings of Leon) is titled "A Common Case of Disappearing" and was released October 4, 2011 and debuted at #13 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts. The album features two duets, "City Starts to Bloom" with Jason Reeves, and "Mirror" with Jason Mraz. A new live recording "Sessions from the 17th Ward" featuring solo cellist Dave Eggar was released October 2012 on audiophile label Chesky Records and features HD Binaural recording.
Rubarth was born in California. At age 17, she graduated high school and moved to Carson City, Nevada to apprentice at a chainsaw sculpting shop. After three years, with the encouragement of head instructor Matthew Welter, she quit the apprenticeship to pursue music. She taught herself to play and write songs and began performing at local open mic nights and coffee shops. Phil Ramone in The Huffington Post describes her style as "part of the new old-soul generation."  Rubarth soon began touring the U.S., Europe, and Japan. She performs most of her songs with a 1956 Gibson ES-125 hollow body electric guitar, and others on piano. In her side project The Paper Raincoat she sings, plays a Nord keyboard, guitar, glockenspiel, and occasionally drums. 
Amber Rubarth was awarded Grand Prize in the prestigious NPR Mountain Stage New Song Contest in 2010 for her song "Letter From My Lonelier Self." The prize included recording with Grammy Award winning producer Jacquire King (Norah Jones, Kings of Leon, Tom Waits) and a performance on NPR's Mountain Stage. The new album was released September 30, 2011 through the contest organizer NewSong Recordings. Amber Rubarth's song "Washing Day" (co-written with Adam Levy) won 1st Place in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition in the 'Lyrics only' category, judged by Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and Robert Smith. The music video screened at the 2007 SXSW Festival in Austin.  On May 8, 2008, Bob Boilen chose Rubarth's song "You Will Love This Song" from her second album New Green Lines for his NPR show All Things Considered. He said he was "attracted by her honesty and humor". On August 26, 2009, Tom Robinson featured the song on his BBC Radio show Fresh On the Net in the UK. She was recently listed as #16 in the UK "Music to Die For's Top 100 Favourite Female Vocalists of the Decade" between #17 Gillian Welch and #15 Tori Amos.
Amber Rubarth's newest full length record "A Common Case of Disappearing" was released September 30, 2011 on iTunes US and was named a "New and Noteworthy" release, jumping to #13 on the Singer Songwriter charts. It will be released in Europe and Japan early 2012.
A handmade collectors edition of Rubarth's album, Good Mystery, was released on August 21, 2009, to a sold out audience at Joe's Pub in New York City. The collectors edition is a hand-crafted birch wood box with a red wax hummingbird seal on a sliding lid top. A limited edition of 1000 handmade editions sold out almost immediately through pre-orders on her site. The album rose to the #1 best seller spot on Amie Street for digital sales on its release day of August 21, 2009 and stayed in the top spot for 2 weeks.
Rubarth also created a limited edition handmade version of her "Unfinished Art" EP which consisted of an original blind contour painting by Rubarth pressed onto a hanging handmade canvas with the album and liner notes inserted in the back.
Amber Rubarth has toured extensively throughout the US, UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, and Japan, sharing the stage with many eminent artists including Emmylou Harris, Jason Mraz, Kenny Loggins, John Oates, Loudon Wainwright III, Richie Havens, Martin Sexton, Lisa Loeb, Roger McGuinn, Jim Lauderdale, Dave Eggar, Jim Bianco, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Radin, Gary Jules, Ryan Montbleau, Brett Dennen and Colbie Caillat.
In May 2009 Rubarth joined Jason Reeves and Brendan James to create "The Vespa Experiment," a musical tour along the California coast in which the three artists traveled on Vespa mopeds, camped, and did community awareness activities for 13 days to spread the message of environmental awareness.
The Paper Raincoat
In addition to her solo work, Rubarth formed a band with songwriter Alex Wong, called The Paper Raincoat. Rubarth explained in an interview with The Boston Globe that her solo work tends to be more personal, whereas The Paper Raincoat's songs are more imaginative, involving fictional characters. Their debut EP (Safe in the Sound) was featured as an iTunes Indie Spotlight Artist. In the fall of 2009, they toured the U.S. as support for Vienna Teng, and their music was the subject of CNET's 'The 404' podcast. The album "The Paper Raincoat" was released in October 2009. The band was named "Best of What's Next" by Paste Magazine who said "We think the world might be a little better if everyone heard this record." Their songs have been featured in Disney's The Last Song, One Tree Hill and Google and Aquafina commercials.
- Untitled (To be released 2014)
- Sessions from the 17th Ward (2012, Chesky Records)
- A Common Case of Disappearing (2011)
- The Paper Raincoat (The Paper Raincoat) (2009)
- The Church EP (with Adam Levy) (2009)
- Good Mystery (2009)
- Safe in the Sound EP (The Paper Raincoat) (2008)
- New Green Lines (2008)
- Unfinished Art EP (2006)
- Something New (2005)
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- "Brooklyn Singer and Multi-Instrumentalist Amber Rubarth Takes the Top Honor in This Year’s Mountain Stage Newsong Contest" PR Web, accessed November 26, 2010
- "2006 ISC Lyrics Only Winners," International Songwriting Competition, accessed October 26, 2009
- "All Things Considered: A Great Unknowns Showcase: Bowerbirds, Bell, Port O'Brien, Okay, AU, and More," NPR, accessed October 24, 2009
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- Yu, Justin, "The 404 434: Where we don our Paper Raincoat," CNET, September 29, 2009, accessed October 24, 2009