NEWPORT COAST— The struggles with balancing a budding music career while having a chronic health condition — on top of the rigors of high school — are found in the title and lyrics of a Newport Beach singer-songwriter's debut album.
Amanda Lamb, 16, of Newport Coast, will release "Highwire," a pop-rock record she co-wrote and produced without studio backing, on Friday with a concert at the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana.
The album takes its name from one of its tracks, "The Life of an Aerialist." The song is about a circus tightrope walker, but has symbolism rooted in the Type 1 diabetes the artist has battled since age 15 months.
"I wanted to write a song about what it's like to struggle with diabetes, but without coming right out and saying it," she said. "[An aerialist] is constantly balancing between staying on the rope and falling off. And with diabetes, I can be full of energy and moving around one minute and then by night, my blood sugar crashes, and I'm sick again."