Amber Weekes

My Story

Amber Weekes wearing a flowery dress looks over her shoulder with a microphone in her hand

Raised in Los Angeles, Amber was “born singing” in her parents’ musical household. At four, she stepped onto her first stage, the living room coffee table in her childhood home. The daughter of singers from Harlem, Weekes’ home oozed with the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbara Streisand, Diahann Carroll, The Beatles, Leontyne Price, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nancy Wilson.

Generations earlier, her grandparents, Wilfred and Nettie Weekes served musical giants Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and many others inside Weekes’ Luncheonette in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem. These famous patrons left their musical mark on the family. It was just a matter of time before Weekes would step into and fully claim her musical inheritance.

At 14, Weekes was promised vocal lessons, but her parents could not afford them so she joined the church’s adult choir to use her voice. After college, she began to study voice, singing with L.A. greats Gwendolyn Wyatt, Phil Moore, Jr., Catherine Hansen, Sue Fink, and most notably, three-time Grammy nominee Sue Raney for the past 20 years. Raney helped Weekes discover her true singing talent by showing her how to use her beautiful voice to tell stories deeply through music and lyrics.

Weekes has produced four albums in her career, including:
“ ‘Round Midnight” – a promotional recording produced by Trevor Ware and Louis Van Taylor in 2002

“Pure Imagination” – produced by Trevor Ware, Mark Cargill, and Kenny Sara, and executive producer Amber Weekes market released in 2019

“The Gathering” – a Christmas album produced by Mark Cargill and executive producer Amber Weekes released in 2020, earning the top 25 of the Roots Music 2020 Christmas albums chart and top 10 for Christmas jazz albums

“My Romance – A Special Valentine” – (EP) released in 2021

“ ‘Round Midnight Re-imagined” – produced by Mark Cargill, and executive producer Amber Weekes, released in May 2021

Violinist, arranger, and producer Mark Cargill with Amber

All of Amber’s albums have gotten coast-to-coast airplay at hundreds of radio stations, including Alaska and Hawaii, and international play in the UK, France, Italy, Estonia, Canada, Argentina, and Australia.

Weekes has performed for over 30 years at clubs and venues throughout Southern California. She also performed at special engagements, including the New Rochelle Jazz Festival in New York, Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, California, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, The Cary Saruage Community Arts Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, “The Merc,” in Temecula, California, and “Jazz at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). She believes that her music is an instrument of healing and can heal the soul through her art form of jazz. Like those jazz artists who came before her, she is committed to its preservation.