Americana/acoustic rock singer/songwriter Heather Stewart recently released her first single, Had it All, from her forthcoming sophomore album What it Is, as a free download via Bandcamp. The song was written by both Heather and Brad Swanson during a writing session for the album.
”During the session I went on a tirade about how I wanted to make sure on my death bed I was proud of taking risks, facing my fears and accomplishing my goals,” says Stewart. Had it All was thus born. It is a love song of sorts, but a love of life itself and taking the chance to have it all."
An accompanying music video for Had It All is now being exclusively premiered by Elmore Magazine on their homepage. The video was directed by Alex Albrecht and shot live at Swan Sound Music with Brad Swanson.
Stewart’s new album was recorded at legendary Los Angeles studios, The Sound Factory and Sunset Sound, and produced by Greg Critchley and will be released independently on October 8, 2013. The album may showcases Stewart’s range, power and emotion, but it’s her down-to-earth realness that makes this former television producer (E!’s Talk Soup) so engaging and relatable.
The road to becoming a fixture in the Los Angeles music scene was one much less traveled for Stewart. She spent years working behind the scenes in television until eventually had the courage to quit her cushy job and pursue music and acting full time. After many part-time jobs and hours paying her dues, Stewart toured with the Inda Eaton Band as a background vocalist, opening for Hootie & the Blowfish, Leann Rimes, John Hiatt and Blues Traveler. She also wrote and performed a popular one-woman cabaret show and lent her voice to a track alongside Julie Andrews in The Great American Mousical.
In 2008, Stewart independently released her debut album Life of the Party, which has seen placements on television shows (Men in Trees) and films (Young, Single and Angry).
A Fresno, California native who now lives in Los Angeles, Heather offers the next generation what artists like Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow gave to the world, particularly women – genuine conversations from the heart, a fiery and courageous spirit, and killer live performances.
Record release shows are scheduled in New York City on September 29, 2013 at Rockwood Music Hall and October 8, 2013 in Los Angeles at Room 5. In addition, you can catch her at the Talking Stick on September 19, 2013 in Venice, California.
As always, thanks to Laura Goldfarb of Red Boot Publicity for her assistance with this story.