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Amber Josephine Liu (born September 18, 1992), also known as Amber, is an American rapper and singer currently active in South Korea. She is a member of the South Korean girl group f(x). She debuted as a solo artist in February 2015 with the release of her EP, Beautiful.

Amber was born on September 18, 1992 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are from Taiwan. She has one older sister named Jackie. She attended El Camino Real High School in Los Angeles prior to moving to South Korea to be a trainee under S.M. Entertainment.

Amber was cast from S.M. Entertainment's Los Angeles global audition in 2008, where she and one male were selected to be trainees for SM Entertainment. After a year and a half of training, she debuted under the new South Korean girl group f(x) in September 2009. During an episode of the group's reality show, Go f(x), Amber revealed that her parents initially had mixed feelings regarding her music career. She stated: "My dad was very cautious, at first ...but then my mom was always supportive from the beginning. I really thank her and she also convinced my dad".

She has composed and written lyrics for some of the group's songs such as "Goodbye Summer" which was a track in their second studio album, Pink Tape,and "Summer Lover" from their third studio album, Red Light. She frequently collaborated with other S.M. Entertainment artists. Label mate Yuri of Girls' Generation performed a cover of Ciara's song "1, 2 Step" at their first concert, Into the New World, held on December 19 and 20, 2009 in Seoul and featured Amber as a rapper and dancer. The song was then included in their first live album. In June 2010, she was featured in the lead track of Taiwanese singer, Danson Tang's third Mandarin studio album, The First Second. She performed the Korean and English rap parts of the song, and was also featured in the song's music video.[6] In 2013, she was featured in the Korean version of the title track of Henry's's debut album, called "1-4-3 (I Love You)". Aside from featured songs, Amber also worked with fellow group mates Luna and Krystal for the soundtrack of KBS drama God of Study, in a song called "Spread its Wings".

Other than her activities as a member of f(x), Amber has also made a career on television. From October 2011 to April 2012, Amber was part of the reality-variety show, Invincible Youth. She had to leave the show to prepare for her group's debut in Japan.[8] She has also hosted MBC's music show Show Champion with T-ara's Eunjung for a year, both of them stepped down as hosts on December 18, 2013.[9] On June 6, 2014, she became a host of the KBS show, A Song for You with Kangin of Super Junior and Yook Sungjae of BTOB.[10] She was also a host of We Got Married Global Edition.[11] In the same year, she appeared in a 9-episode travel reality series, One Fine Day, with singer Ailee, who is a close friend of hers. The show, which aired on MBC Music, followed a vacation trip they took and was filmed on Jeju Island.[12] On December 31, Amber was confirmed as a cast member for the second female soldier special of MBC's Real Men.[13]

Amber officially debuted as a solo artist, releasing her debut EP, Beautiful, on February 13, 2015. The title track, "Shake That Brass", featured Girls' Generation's Taeyeon.[14] A few days prior to the release of the album, a lyric video for the B-side track, "Beautiful", was released. The music video contained childhood photos of the singer, as well as photos since her debut as a member of f(x). Its lyrics tells the story of the difficulties she faced as she chased after her dreams of being an entertainer and how she liked herself the way she is.[15] Beautiful debuted at number 2 on Billboard's World Albums chart and number 19 on Heatseekers Albums. According to Jeff Benjamin of Billboard K-Town, this ranking shows Amber has a large international fanbase.[16]


Amber or Marie Claire Cremers in real life was born on May 9, 1969 in Neitherlands.
She was raised in Germany by her mother who works as a piano teacher and her father who was an opera singer.
When Amber was 16 years old, she thought of becoming a professional singer but she still had to finish her studies first.
In 1995, she sent demo tapes and done a small local performances. After a few years, she released her debut single, "This is Your Night". Eventually, Amber released more hit singles such as "Colour of Love" in 1996, "One More Night" and "Sexual Li Da Di" in 1999.
Her self-titled album was released in 1999. In 2002, she released her studio album, Naked with two chart-topping dance hits, "Yes" and "The Need To Be Naked".

 

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