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Singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist Anne Heaton has amassed awards and praise from critics, fellow artists and fans with her songs that are by turns “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). “A natural performer [with] a rich, soaring voice” (Seattle Times), her graceful, vulnerable, and sometimes humorous pop-folk songs have captured audience imaginations for over a decade.

Heaton has:

  • played the Sundance Film Festival, Lilith Fair (2010), and in 2012, she was invited to perform on The Cayamo Cruise as part of Winterbloom (featuring Antje Duvekot, Meg Hutchinson and Natalia Zukerman) with artists such as Keb ‘Mo and The Civil Wars.
  • been a featured artist on the New York Times Music Podcast and has played numerous times on NPR.
  • shared the stage with some of her favorite artists, including Sarah McLachlan, jazz drummer Max Roach, Melissa Ferrick, HEM, Chris Trapper, Jill Sobule, Jonatha Brooke, Tom Paxton, Willy Porter, and Griffin House.
  • won Soul City Cafe (2005), a national competition of live performances and online voting to choose Jewel’s opener for her West Coast Tour.
  • toured throughout the US since 2001 playing acoustic venues, outdoor theaters, rock clubs, and festivals.
  • had her songs featured on Starbucks in-store playlists around the world.

Bio

Anne Heaton has amassed awards, praise from critics and fellow artists, as well as a loyal cult following with her songs that are by turns "tender, barbed and spiritual" (Washington Post). Anne makes soulful records that gently urge listeners to take risks and to take comfort, with songs that are like snowflakes—elaborate if you look closely, but overall simple and beautiful. Anne’s album Blazing Red delved deep into themes of intimacy and change, while her latest album of original songs, Honeycomb, was dynamically organized into two uplifting moods—euphoric and meditative—with the theme of impermanence uniting both. From the shimmering and buoyant “The Alchemist” to the goosebump-inducing “Prayer of Saint Francis,” Honeycomb is Anne’s most unique and affecting album to date: it was wonderfully reminiscent of the days of vinyl, when Side A and Side B each had a distinct feel that, when played in succession, took the listener on an inner journey. All of her albums delve deep into Anne's soul.

“You are your soul and not the roles you play,” says Anne. “Therefore when you want to make changes in your life, you can connect to this power. Your soul is always there, constant, whether it’s nighttime or cloudy, it is there and you can connect to its power for strength.”

On the heels of Honeycomb, Anne released Dora, a collaborative album of poems-turned-songs with poet Claire Clube. These poem-songs—visceral, ethereal, and set to a mix of singer-songwriter pop, classical and jazz/blues—explored a woman’s relationships with her world and the emotions of divorce. Tragically, in summer 2013, not long after sponsoring a young child in Kenya and just before this album was to be released, poet and collaborator Clube died in a plane crash with her daughter, Bess. “I know she wanted to share these songs with people, and she was a person who lived her life so fully and fearlessly that that’s what I’ll take with me,” says Anne, who made her producing debut with the album.

Anne studied at the University of Notre Dame, writing her senior thesis on Debussy’s piano works, and then enriched her musical training by studying composition and jazz vocals at The City College of New York. Always a fan of Peter Gabriel, the Indigo Girls, and Tori Amos, she also became fascinated by early American spirituals while living in New York and sang in a Harlem gospel choir.

Anne teaches songwriting at Berklee College of Music, Interlochen and GRAMMYCamp. She also gives workshops on the keys to unlocking creativity and expression as well as the relationship between creativity and spirituality. To read more, visit Anne's Blog here.


“Stunning…" – Paste
"Lush, introspective, elegant…" – Boston Globe
"Absolutely gorgeous…" – New York Times
"Heaton's piano melodies and phrasing remind me of Carole King…” – Naomi Arenberg, NPR
“Lush, sweet, funny and sorrowful…” – Performing Songwriter (Top DIY Pick)


Anne Heaton CD Release Show at Evanston SPACE

Anne Heaton's Chicago CD Release Concert at EvanstonSPACE. Release of "Honeycomb" November 1st, 2012. Full-band show featuring Joe McMahon, Dave Brophy, Frank Marotta, Jr., Edie Carey and Steve Frisbie. Recorded by Mike Stock.

Anne Heaton "The Alchemist" music video

Anne Heaton "The Alchemist" from the album "Honeycomb." Released October 2012. Video directed by Asia Kepka.

Anne Heaton Trailer - show at Evanston SPACE

A 2015 concert at EvanstonSPACE featuring guitarist Frank Marotta and bassist John Abbey, as well as Anne's songs "The Alchemist," "Hannah" and "Where Your Scar Is."



Contact:

Booking:

Laurel Falkenstein, Silver Leaf Booking
laurel@silverleafbooking.com