Vanessa Silberman

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Vanessa Silberman
Birth nameVanessa Silberman
BornBerkeley, California, United States
GenresRock, grunge rock, pop
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer-songwriter, recording engineer, producer, A&R, booker, artist
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active2001–present
LabelsA Diamond Heart Production
Associated actsDiamonds under fire [1]

Vanessa Silberman is a national touring guitarist,[1] singer, engineer,[2] record producer,[3] independent A&R rep, booker, artist, entrepreneur [4] and was the founder of the band / monkier Diamonds Under Fire.[5] Silberman operates a Los Angeles-based artist development label called A Diamond Heart Production (Repeater (band),[6] Down and Outlaws, The Love Dimension).[7] She is widely known for her strong DIY ethic, extensive grass roots touring (both solo and featuring other musicians[8]) as well as wearing many different hats in the music business.


Early life[edit]

Vanessa grew up living in between the San Francisco Bay Area and Kauai, Hawaii. In 1994 she was a 1 of 102 finalists out of 150,000 entries submitted in the The United States Postal Service contest for youngsters to design a new environmental postage stamps.[9]

Solo touring, material, background and collaborations[edit]

In the span of nearly 3 and half years (between 2015 and 2019) Silberman toured the country over 17 [10] times and played well over 650 shows.[11] named Vanessa one of the hardest working DIY bands of 2018.[12] & 2017 as she played over 200 shows.[13]

Oct. 12th 2014 Silberman played solo and opened up for Alkaline Trio at the Troubadour as part of their Past Live tour.

On July 21, 2015 Silberman released her first solo single 'Think Tank (Feat. Derek Jordan)' on iTunes via A Diamond Heart Production and performed at Alt 98.7FM Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival on September 26, 2015.

Silberman did her first solo US tour in October and November 2015 [14] and released her second single "I Know (feat. Super Black Market)" on December 22.

A third single "American Folk Rock" was released on February 14 and supported with a 39-day solo U.S. tour. "Awake & Feeling", Silberman's 4th single, was released on July 15 and followed up with a 52-date Shine solo tour[15] across the U.S.

Silberman released her debut self-produced and self-titled EP on October 7.[16] which contains her previous singles and another new song, "Shine".

Silberman appeared live on television on Fresno's KMPH-TV[17] Fox26 'Festive Friday' morning show on Oct. 28th 2016 with Jimmy Dias of The Love Dimension to promote their upcoming joint tour as well as again performing Silberman's songs on Friday April 7, 2017, to kick off their U.S. tour.

In March 2017 Silberman did an East Coast touring featuring drummer Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity and producer / musician Mikel Ross.[18] And again in July 2017 Silberman did another tour with Mullin and Ross up the West Coast backing her as the Vanessa Silberman Band with Boston's 38th annual Rock 'n' Roll Rumble winner Carissa Johnson opening up.[19]

Silberman, Mullin and Ross debuted 'OK' a single they recorded together under the Vanessa Silberman Band on The Goddamn Dave Hill (comedian) show on the free-form radio station WFMU 91.1FM[20] New York, NY on May 14, 2018. Silberman, Mullin and Ross all met working on the Teenage Time Killers Record at Studio 606, the Foo Fighters Recording Studio where Silberman was an in-house assistant engineer.

In June and July 2017 Vanessa played 3 dates on the final Vans Warped Tour and released a new song on June 29 called "Outswimming Sharks" which was a recording collaboration with guitarist and producer Ken Susi of metal band Unearth. The single's video premiered on New Noise Magazine on July 13, 2017.[21]

Vanessa did a touring & recording artist series with Apple where she spoke and performed at their San Francisco Union Square store through the winter of 2018-2019. She also performed at NAMM 2019.

She released 2 more new singles and 1 video from her upcoming EP, one 'I Got a Reason'[22] on May 10 and 'Love'[23] on June 21st from her A Diamond Heart Production label. 'Love' was played on Rodney Bingenheimer's Under Ground Garage show.

Silberman contributed rap style vocals to Kidforce's STFU,[24] a track off of his Deathpop EP.

A Diamond Heart Production[edit]

In 2013 Silberman established A Diamond Heart Production,[25] an artist development label, music and publishing company. She has managed, developed and produced several acts, and the imprint has released over 29 releases. Records including: Down and Outlaws album Above Snake's on July 8, 2016, and Repeater (band)'s self-titled album on November 18, 2013[26]

Vanessa has also spoken on panels, at events and schools about artist development including Girl Power! Music Conference,[27] School of Rock, Soundgirls.[28] She also co created the DIY Artist Workshop with Boston Artist Carissa Johnson. In 2018 & 2019 they spoke and did a series at Today at Apple in Union Square, San Francisco.

Diamonds Under Fire[edit]

Diamonds under fire was an alternative rock grunge[29] band established in 2002 by Silberman when she was in her teens. The Band has released a Single,[30] 4 Demo / EP's,[31] 2 CD's and 3 Official Music videos as well as toured the US,[32] Canada[33] and played the UK.

Personal life[edit]

Vanessa is a vegan and straight edge.[34]


  1. ^ MI Student Featured in Guitar Player Magazine", Musicians Institute, June 2007.
  2. ^ Teenage Time Killer's 'Greatest Hits, Vol. 1' Engineer Credit", ""
  3. ^ Concert Preview", "", Feb. 22nd 2016
  4. ^ Vanessa Silberman allmusic Credits","
  5. ^ Vanessa Silberman aka Diamonds Under Fire",
  6. ^ Repeater Feature, "", Oct. 9th, 2014
  7. ^ Positivity, empowerment and Rock ‘n’ Roll - The extraordinary life and impact of Vanessa Silberman",, Sept. 20th 2016.
  8. ^ Hot Picks Jan. 19-25",, Jan 19 2007.
  9. ^ Semifinalists in Stamp Design Contest Listed",, Oct. 20th, 1994.
  10. ^ Live Music Picks: Feb. 28-Mar. 5,, Feb. 27th, 2019.
  11. ^ Feature: Vanessa Silberman set for hourlong show at Kaleidoscope Coffee,, July 31st, 2017.
  12. ^ AF 2018 IN REVIEW: Hardest Working DIY Bands on Tour in 2018,, Jan. 1st, 2019.
  13. ^ AF 2017 IN REVIEW: Hardest Working DIY Bands on Tour in 2017,, Dec. 30th, 2017.
  14. ^ Feature: LA song writer at Garage,, September 30, 2015.
  15. ^ Positivity, empowerment and Rock ‘n’ Roll',, September 20, 2016.
  16. ^ Vanessa Silberman, The TVD First Date and Premiere, “American Folk Rock",, Sept. 30th, 2016.
  17. ^ Festive Friday, 10/28/16 - The Love Dimension,, Oct. 28th, 2016.
  18. ^ Feature: Musician Vanessa Silberman brings her experimental sound to Asheville,, Mar. 1st, 2017.
  19. ^ Feature: Women to rock it at The Melon Ball,, July 31st, 2017.
  20. ^ 'The Goddamn Dave Hill Show: Playlist from May 14, 2018',, May 14th, 2018.
  21. ^ 'Video Premiere: Vanessa Silberman – “Outswimming Sharks”',, July 13th, 2017.
  22. ^ Vanessa Silberman Premieres The Video For Her New Single ‘I Got A Reason’,, May 29th, 2019.
  23. ^ Premiere: Vanessa Silberman Believes in “Love”',, June 19th, 2019
  24. ^ Feature: KIDFORCE releases track ‘STFU’ feat. Vanessa Silberman of Diamonds Under Fire,, Aug. 3rd, 2014.
  25. ^ Repeater Feature “Lonley”",, Oct. 28th, 2014.
  26. ^ "Repeater 'Lonely' Video",, Oct. 12th, 2014.
  27. ^ Kerry Fiero Takes It To The Next Level With Girl Power! Women Working In The Music Industry Conference",, May 8th, 2019.
  28. ^ SoundGirls Presenting Two Educational Opportunities In LA In April",, April 9th, 2018.
  29. ^ Feature: "Diamonds Under Fire - Grunge Chic"",, Feb. 8th, 2012.
  30. ^ 'Sunshine' Feature, "", July 16th, 2012
  31. ^ 'Everything Fades to Red (Kidforce Edit)' Video Premiere, "", 20th Dec. 2013
  32. ^ Feature: Diamonds To Shine in SLC Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine,', 'Feb. 10th, 2010.
  33. ^ 'Toro Magazine | Diamonds Under Fire Photo Feature from Mod Club show', "", May 11th, 2011
  34. ^ Vegan Vanessa Ventures into Vallejo",, July 6th, 2017.

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