Heather ventured out on her own at 18 to follow her dream of music. Although 18 is very late according to music instustry standards Heather never let that deter her. She first moved to Las Vegas to tour and record as a member of an all girls hip hop group. From there she lived and performed in Los Angeles for two years, filmed a reality tv show in Arizona, opened for Fergie as a member of the girl group Phoenix Rayne, toured the country as a gospel singer appearing on the Bobby Jones network and the Jeff Majors show.
What’s the first thing you would say to someone when they ask you to describe yourself as an artist?
I’ve experimented with a bunch of different styles of music and finally found my niche doing Christian/pop with a hip hop influence.
How long have you been in the industry?
Going on 7 years or since I was 18
I have a single available on Itunes and Amazon called You’re Gonna Make It which I wrote to inspire people battling a life-threatening disease and help them to see the light at the end. I also have a five song EP coming out which will be available January 2011. It’s called Good Girl EP.
What inspires your music?
God inspires my music because a lot of my music comes from me falling down or messing up and then experiencing God’s grace when He takes me back and restores me everytime. I also write a lot about finding inner beauty because in my life and in the industry I’ve dealt with a lot of people trying to change the way I look and it doesn’t take much for me to get a bit obsessed with trying to look the way everyone wants me to instead of focusing on my true mission which is bringing people to Christ through music.
Where are you from?
I grew up in a little tourist town called Grand Haven, MI
Stacie Orrico has always been my favorite, Tobymac, Britt Nicole, Deitrick Haddon, Kim Burrell, J Moss
Why is that?
I love what they all stand for and how their music inspires people and entertains at the same time.
What makes you different from other artists today?
My story may not be totally unique but I grew up in the church and became a Christian when I was 7 years old so I always had God in my life. When I was 18 I decided to get out into the world and pursue my dream as a singer. I tried to hold onto my morals and what I had been taught all my life but eventually temptation got the best of me and I started to experiment with things that I had never been exposed to growing up. I was singing with an all girl hip hop group in Las Vegas, NV. I wanted to write music that inspired people but the image of the group was very sexy and we were supposed to write music that made us a lot of money and just made people want to dance. None of my songs ever got used in that group :) I think what sets me apart from other Christian artists is that my testimony is about failing and falling away from God instead of living a life of sin and then finding God because I knew Him all along. My journey is about God’s ability to forgive and still be able to use someone for His glory and no matter what we do He will always restore us. I want to be as open as possible with the struggles I’ve faced and I feel like a lot of other Christian artists focus a lot on just praising God which is good too but that makes me a bit different.
I also started a group called The Good Girl Movement which is about lifting up virtuous women and teaching girls we can have whatever we want out of life and we do not have to use sex to get it. The GGM celebrates good morals, strength, and independence in a society where “bad girls clubs” seem to rule. It’s not always easy to be good but it’s worth it at the end of the day when you can look in the mirror and like what you see.
What do you want your future fans to know about you?
I want my future fans to know that I’m not perfect and I will not jugde you. I want people from all walks of life to come as they are and listen to my music and hopefully take something away from it. I want them to leave feeling uplifted and inspired after listening.
How can we connect with you online?