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Featured On Amazon: 7 Things Sign Language Interpreters Want You to Know About Their Work Interpreting Concerts for ‘Amazon Music Live’


A video of Amber Galloway-Gallego went viral in 2013 when fans at the Lollapalooza festival filmed her moving with impeccable rhythm as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for Kendrick Lamar’s performance. That was her first brush with fame, and it certainly wouldn’t be her last.


In her 23 years interpreting live performances, she’s performed alongside Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and put her skills to the ultimate test rapping side by side with Twista, one of the fastest rappers on the planet. While her speed and musicality are impressive on their own, it’s Galloway-Gallego’s passion for delivering an amazing experience for fans who are deaf and hard of hearing that really shines through, and she’s used that passion to build an agency of incredibly talented interpreters like her.


“Early in my career, I saw a Deaf dance group called The Wild Zappers, and I realized that was what music should look like,” said Galloway-Gallego. “Fans in the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community deserve an experience that matches the artist’s performance, and that means interpreters need to move with musicality and match the vibe of the show—not just interpret the words like they would on a conference call.”


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