Amber Galloway-Gallego has emerged as a trailblazer in the world of sign language interpretation, particularly within the realm of concerts and music festivals. Specializing in the dynamic genres of rap and hip-hop, she has become a household name and a passionate advocate for music accessibility at all levels of hearing ability. She has interpreted for over 400 artists, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, Kedrick Lamar and Eminem as well as appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Wiz Khalifa.
In a virtual interview with ABILITY’s Chet Cooper and Lia Martirosyan, Gallego speaks on what inspired her to become an interpreter, frustrations within the interpreter industry, and developing her iconic signing style.
Amber Galloway-Gallego: I have pneumonia, so I haven’t been able to travel at all. I’ve been stuck at home for two weeks; it’s been killing me. (laughs) I didn’t get to go. But my team was there, and I was with them in spirit.
Cooper: I’m sorry to hear you have pneumonia, but I can’t get pneumonia, so I’m leaving.