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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Thirsty Thursday Featuring Amber Ikeman

Thank you for chatting with us! What song that you have recorded means the most to you and why? My song “Rocky Mountains” means the most to me for sure, because it felt really healing to write. It was inspired by my eating disorder recovery and journey towards body acceptance, and it meant a lot to me to finally be able to express that experience in a song.

At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs?I hope people feel empowered and healed by my songs. I hope it inspires them to live a more authentic life, to be their fullest selves, and to love themselves more. I hope my songs make people feel like they’re not alone.

What’s your advice for young artists trying to establish a name for themselves? Especially young females that may see you as a role model. Be yourself and share your truth. You don’t have to conform to what you think people want; your people will find you and appreciate exactly what you have to offer that no one else can. Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s okay. When you feel like giving up, be kind to yourself and make sure your needs are met. Then, try again. Keep going, and be sure to take care of yourself in the process.

Did you always want to be a musician or was there a specific moment that something happened that made you think “this is what I want to do with my life.” If so, what was it? I’ve always felt a calling to be a musician. There’s never really been anything else I wanted more. Admittedly, I was scared to really pursue it, so after college, I got a 9-5 job and wasn’t really working towards a career in music. But after two years, I was really unfulfilled and could no longer ignore the calling. The discomfort of living a life that wasn’t really me and the longing to follow my heart became stronger than the fear.

When/where do you do your best writing?Strangely, either in the shower, in the car, or when I’m half asleep! I think the critical part of my brain may be a little more checked out during those times. I also find it easier to tap into creative flow when I’m in nature and have done a lot of writing in national parks and on hikes.

What is an example of a menu you would prepare if I came over? Ooh, I love to cook for people. I’d serve challah bread, maple-mustard-glazed salmon, roasted herbed potatoes, and salad with a maple balsamic vinaigrette. For dessert, sea salt chocolate chip cookies.

Most memorable meal while touring. Where were you and what did it involve?I was at Tune Up Cafe in Santa Fe and had mole enchiladas. They were so good, I went back and had the exact same thing the next time I was in town.

What’s your favorite family recipe? I love my mom’s apple cobbler. It’s cakey but not like a regular cake. Especially good with vanilla ice cream.

What do you think is the most important meal of the day is and why? I think dinner is the most important meal. To me, it feels like the meal that brings people together the most. It’s also the last meal of the day, so it’s important to end on a high note.

Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? I’d like to be sponsored by Crumbl Cookies because I’m a huge fan and would be very excited to promote them! It would be easy to do that because I eat their cookies so often.


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