COUNTRY music star Amber Lawrence is an inner city girl, but she still knows plenty about rural themes such as heartbreak, love and loyalty.
Lawrence has delighted audiences all over the country - from sold out Tamworth concerts to the Gympie Music Muster.
Her own experiences of life's upheavals, including the death of her father, becoming an aunt to her sister's two children, and lost loves bring a maturity to the young musician's writing.
Throw in Amber's early experience of being dumped by a boyfriend who had given her a guitar so she could learn to play and boost her career and you get some idea of what ironies shape her lyrics.
Her latest album '3', (simply named because it's her third album) mixes her optimism, happiness and resilience along with some references to deeper issues including courage in the face of hardship.
Songs like Everything's A Song, Everybody's A Mess and Huge talk about the importance of personal contentment and emotional stability instead of looking enviously at other people's lives that may not be as perfect as they look.
"My last album was on a positive note as well but it was more based on moving on after the death of my father," she said.
"This album says I know what life is all about at this point in my life and I'm making the most of it, good or bad. I have my glass half-empty days like everyone else but most if the time its half-full."
Lawrence will perform at Lizotte's, Kincumber, on June 10.