An actress for 20 years, starring in TV shows like London's Burning, Lip Service and Prey, Heather left her role in BBC One drama Waterloo Road to fully commit to her flourishing music career. Last year, Heather released her biggest album to date The Thin Line, which entered the UK Independent Album Charts top ten. The lead single, 'We Can Change' was featured as the 'Uncharted Territory' artist of the week on BBC Radio 2. Heather's sound incorporates hers love of 60's girl groups, Motown and 80's pop. Now, Heather is back on the road with a UK and European Tour performing tracks from her forthcoming EP, 'Come Home' which is due for release in the Spring of 2016.
She said: "Music has been my first love since I began singing in church and taking piano lessons at five years old. I paid my way through drama school with a Jazz residency in local bars and I flirted with the charts a little bit in my 20's, but this is the first time I've felt confident enough to take a break from acting to give it my full attention. As soon as I was free from learning lines and a 12 hour day filming schedule, the songs and ideas flowed."
Her debut album, Fairytales (Nigel Wright) entered the UK Independent Album Charts at number 7 in 2012 and its melancholy beauty coupled with her incredible live vocals on tour steadily built up a loyal, passionate fanbase.
Over the last three years, Heather has performed four sell out UK tours with her full band as well as four sell-out solo acoustic tours. She's headlined London Pride, performed with her idol Alison Moyet and played shows with KT Tunstall, Rebecca Ferguson, Deacon Blue, The Cuban Brothers and Brian May. Internationally, she's twice sold out tours across Australia as well as headlining the world famous Sydney Mardi Gras.
Last year Heather released her second and biggest album to date, The Thin Line (James Lewis), which entered the UK Independent Album Charts top ten. The lead single from The Thin Line, We Can Change was played on local and national radio stations throughout the UK and she was featured as the 'Uncharted Territory' artist of the week on Terry Wogan's show on BBC Radio 2.
The Thin Line has been called a 'soulful, organic pop gem'. The sound incorporates Heather's love of 60's girl groups, Motown and 80's pop. It rightly puts her rich, soaring vocals at the fore against a backdrop of lush pop strings, melodic piano riffs and fat basslines.
Says Heather, "I love Dusty Springfield and 60's girl groups and from the beginning I knew I wanted an album that was recorded in homage to Spector's Wall Of Sound. We wanted big songs with passion and grit and lots of harmonies. I spent almost a day picking the perfect vocal mic and then it took me almost two weeks to arrange and then record the backing vocals that really bring the record alive."
Lyrically, The Thin Line, is full of hope and passion dealing with friendship, sex, sexuality and relationships - and the trials of social media.
A long term patron of Diversity Role Models and Manchester Pride, Heather also recently became a patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
Heather is back on the road next year with a UK and European Tour performing tracks from her forthcoming EP, 'Come Home' which is due for release in the Spring of 2016.