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Heather Bishop: Bio

Texas writer Heather Bishop is a vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Her current work is best described as roots music, with songs that linger in the crossroad of soul, folk, rock and country.

As a guest artist, she has contributed vocals, strings, and percussion in genres ranging from rock to reggae, bluegrass to metal, folk, americana, and everything in between.

Heather's vocal comparisons have ranged from Tina Turner and Janis Joplin to Ani diFranco and Norah Jones- which speaks to the chameleon-like nature of her work. You may recognize Heather as a "Spirit Singer" from the ad campaign for Austin's Spirit 105.9FM radio station or other regional ad campaigns.

Born in New York to West Indian parents and raised in Austin, Texas, Heather began her performance career at age five straddling a fence and serenading cows grazing in the pasture behind her family's rural home. From there she graduated to chamber orchestras and solo, band and guest performances in coffee shops and venues such as old Austin favorites Steamboat, Black Cat and Liberty Lunch.

Festivals over the years have included Austin's retired Aquafest, SXSW, the Bob Marley Festivals, GoGirls Music Fest, and the Houston International Festival while special events have included fundraisers for Texas troops, the American Cancer Society, local firefighters, the National MS Society and more.

In honor of her activities and contributions to the local music scene, February 7, 2002 was declared "Heather Bishop Day" by Austin mayor Gus Garcia, and her music has been used in Creative Writing and English classes at Southwestern University and the University of Ohio. Whatever the creative genre, Heather writes with a sense of community; with the idea that as Maya Angelou writes in her poem Human Family- "we are more alike, my friends, than unalike."

Publicly shy, Heather credits mentors Barry "Frosty" Smith (Lee Michaels), Jeffrey Currier (Asleep at The Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker), and Yoggie Musgrove (Stephen Bruton, Malford Milligan) for significant development and encouragement over time, and dedicates every album to the memory of her friend William Arthur, of the Australian band Glide.

"Trains and Revolutions", Heather's first solo album after an extended break, was digitally released in 2011. This was followed by "The Story Sessions", an ep to coincide with her appearance on the NPR program, The Story. "Trains and Revolutions" was co-produced by Cris Burns of Summit Street Studios. Scheduled to follow now is "Equilibrium", a long-awaited collection co-produced by Yoggie Musgrove and various independent productions.

Music, literary, and theatrical projects and collaborations are always in progress and periodically announced.