In the '90s, Amber deLaurentis became one the top female singer/songwriters in the Philadelphia area. She didn't become a huge national star in the '90s, but in and around Philly, the pop/rock/adult alternative storyteller received a lot of favorable reviews and acquired a small local following. DeLaurentis has been heavily influenced by Carole King and Bonnie Raitt, and there are hints of Aretha Franklin in some of her performances. While deLaurentis is a pop/rock artist first and foremost, those who listen closely can tell that she has also been affected by R&B (mainly classic soul from the '60s and '70s). No one will ever accuse the big-voiced deLaurentis of sounding like a fragile waif; she favors a robust, full-bodied style of singing, and her work tends to be very bluesy and gritty. What types of listeners have attended her Philly gigs? As a rule, Philadelphians who have been drawn to deLaurentis' performances are also drawn to artists like Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Sheryl Crow, Patty Griffin, and Melissa Etheridge -- in other words, female singer/songwriters who are soulful and bring a lot of blues feeling to their work. DeLaurentis' bluesiness not only comes through in her singing; it also asserts itself when she is playing the acoustic piano. As a pianist, deLaurentis favors a very New Orleans-minded approach that brings to mind Professor Longhair and James Booker.