all worship is a burden,
all dancing is a chore,
all music is mere noise.
All the rain of heaven may fall into the sea.
not one drop could become a pearl.”
“It seems that the human race has lost a great deal of the ancient science of magic, but if there remains any magic it is music.”
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
Interview with Heather
How long have you been a vocalist and how did you become an expert at what you do?
My specialty as a vocalist is the result of over 15 years of private study, countless wedding and sacred performances, and a deep love and commitment to doing what I love. For a long time, I would not consider myself a professional. But indeed, people pay me to sing, and it’s at the center of my life.
I began taking private voice lessons when I was 12 years old, and continued through my university studies at the University of Virginia where I majored in Music with a focus on Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting. Deviating from the “traditional” classical music path, I thanked graduate vocal studies programs for their interest and headed off to the remote highlands of Guatemala to live and teach. Since then, I’ve traveled the world making music and eating as much street food as possible. nom nom.
Infusing spaces with bright energy is one of my superhero powers.
Blogging is not. Please read through my blog with the understanding that there’s a reason why I’ve all but eliminated it from my business.
Who are your clients?
My clients are energetically savvy – which means you’re probably recognizing that a piece of you attracted me to you. And now you’re thinking about it. Mah nah mah nah.
Let’s face it, you are one BRILLIANT WOMAN.
You move through this world making magic happen wherever you go, but you don’t necessarily talk about it.
You’re highly proficient, high-achieving.
At the most basic level, you value the power of music to transform a space and you are totally committed to creating love and turning back to love wherever you go.
You want to feel supported, centered and present on your big day, and you certainly don’t mind when angels drop in to support you.
You are spiritually inclined – actually, you are totally a spiritual being and you know it, but you may not identify with a specific religion – you might feel like your understanding of spirituality lies beyond what is typically taught in religious sects. Maybe you enjoy borrowing and sharing from beautiful traditions across cultures and practices. Maybe you make your own kefir and drink a double espresso latte in the same day. Because you’re cool like that.
How are you different than other professional musicians?
I started this blog focusing mostly on weddings, but it’s not actually the bulk of the work I do anymore. I coach people in bringing their voices out into the world and my current focus is on creating amazing collaborative community musical experiences around the world.
I have made the series of conscious decisions in my life to live from the place within me that is most joyful, most powerful, and most beautiful. I have an underlying message that drives me:
By sharing my music, I help you share yours.
I believe that there is an epidemic of malaise that can be cured by simply expressing yourself.
The answers to today’s questions, the technology of the future, the key to the bigger, brighter, better way of living in this world is – I believe – contained in each of us. I sing because it helps YOU release YOU. Plus, it’s really fun to sing. It’s a unique thing because, sure, partly it’s about me and my voice and who resonates with it and singing songs that match spaces and providing pleasurable experiences. But my driving “WHY” is about you living vibrantly, sharing who you really are with the world.
What kind of personality do you work best with?
I work best with kind, sensitive, highly intelligent, creative, fun souls (holla!) who are committed to creating fair, loving relationships between people.
She’s a self-starter, she’s incredibly socially aware, she is rightfully concerned about her public image, and she does her best to do right by those around her. She is highly accomplished.
My client, too, might yearn for a deeper spiritual connection – she intellectually wraps her head around it quite astoundingly, but she wants to feel it without talking about it.
What kind of personality or client do you NOT work well with?
I don’t work well with people who don’t care about music or care to know anything about it. If you not introspective, or willing to be, we won’t be a great match. If you’re able to believe in the beauty and power of your own dreams, we won’t be a match.
Ok, I want you to sing at my wedding. How do you work? What can I expect?
Hi-ooo. Get the full scoop HERE.
Where do you sing around town?
Every Sunday, I sing at Cove Presbyterian Church as their musician in residence. I love singing at Cove, because the space is sooooo sweet and the music leadership creative and centered. Tallllll ceilings, tall antique windows, a balcony that is so old that you could easily fall off of it… There was a period of time where participating in a small choir felt too small for me. But what I’ve come to appreciate is the pure humanity of making music with a few people. It’s a very spiritual practice for me, and for all of us!
I also like to do things my own way and have a little fun with performing. If you’d like to be on my update list for where to find one of my weekly pop-up musical events in cool space (I share by word of mouth only to only those who want to be in the know), send me an email through the contact form and I’ll put you on the secret update list. Because music is for making miracles happen.