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)