Courtney Leigh Heins
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Courtney Leigh Heins

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
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"Music News"

"10 Miles from Normal" has been featured on Nic Harcourt's Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW 89.9FM. It also held the #1 Folk/Country slot on the Garageband charts for 3 weeks straight.

"The Black Dahlia" is a favorite underground hit on dozens of internet radio stations, including MusicNerve, Whole Wheat Radio, Sirens of Song, TNW Hotmix and Radio Duck to name a few.

"My Kind of Man" was signed to Goodnight Kiss Records and chosen for the Rhythm of Honor CD in honor of America's troops. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Wounded Warriors Fund. Courtney was interviewed on Stardust Radio's United We Roll show to promote the song and CD.

Most recently, "Times Like These" can be heard as the opener of the indie flick "Evergone" produced by Brian J. Kaufman of Fox's "The Simpsons." - Where have you heard us?


"Music News"

"10 Miles from Normal" has been featured on Nic Harcourt's Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW 89.9FM. It also held the #1 Folk/Country slot on the Garageband charts for 3 weeks straight.

"The Black Dahlia" is a favorite underground hit on dozens of internet radio stations, including MusicNerve, Whole Wheat Radio, Sirens of Song, TNW Hotmix and Radio Duck to name a few.

"My Kind of Man" was signed to Goodnight Kiss Records and chosen for the Rhythm of Honor CD in honor of America's troops. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Wounded Warriors Fund. Courtney was interviewed on Stardust Radio's United We Roll show to promote the song and CD.

Most recently, "Times Like These" can be heard as the opener of the indie flick "Evergone" produced by Brian J. Kaufman of Fox's "The Simpsons." - Where have you heard us?


"Hot Coffee CD review (UK)"

"Hot Coffee" - stimulation for your ears from Courtney Leigh Heins (1/26/09)
The second album from Courtney Leigh Heins is as stimulating as the beverage and chock-full of personal expression, love, joy, sadness, winning, losing and spiritual overtones. This Americana folk meets country, merging with rock and jazz influences plus a touch of bluegrass - and it's a breathtaking blend. Certain voices sound familiar from the first second you hear them. There's a primal echo in their rich vocal timbre. There's a delivery that reaches deep inside your memory. That's exactly what you hear with Courtney. Her voice has a strangth and clarity that delivers lyrics with a purpose. It's power and suppleness catches your ear and you're hooked. (visit folkwords.com/albumreviews_25784.html to read in its entirety) - FolkWords


"Hot Coffee CD review (UK)"

"Hot Coffee" - stimulation for your ears from Courtney Leigh Heins (1/26/09)
The second album from Courtney Leigh Heins is as stimulating as the beverage and chock-full of personal expression, love, joy, sadness, winning, losing and spiritual overtones. This Americana folk meets country, merging with rock and jazz influences plus a touch of bluegrass - and it's a breathtaking blend. Certain voices sound familiar from the first second you hear them. There's a primal echo in their rich vocal timbre. There's a delivery that reaches deep inside your memory. That's exactly what you hear with Courtney. Her voice has a strangth and clarity that delivers lyrics with a purpose. It's power and suppleness catches your ear and you're hooked. (visit folkwords.com/albumreviews_25784.html to read in its entirety) - FolkWords


"Hot Coffee CD review"

Courtney Leigh Heins and coffee. We too gladly answer her inviting gesture on the photograph of the cover, which portrays Courtney in beautiful, orange sepia dye with a coffee pot (which is apparently even served in California on the beach) as the back of the cover proves. Coffee means sociability and this is also the feeling that this record leaves with us: heart and an ideal gift for autumn. Hot Coffee is the crown of her work and nothing was left to chance. Even master guitarist Doug Pettibone, well-known for his penetrating guitar work with Lucinda Williams, contributes to her album. He colors without delay her politically-injected opener The Great Divide, which evolves slowly from a Dylan-esque folk song to a powerful country rocker, assisted by strong tele-twang. The best part of Courtney lies in her versatility. In "Here I Go" you hear a Carpenters-related, splendidly harmoniously sung country music ballad. She shows herself in the emotionally-moving "Lightly" with an effortless Stevie Nicks vibe ala Fleetwood Mac. Uptempo, lively country music dotted with mandolins and pedal-steel guitars are well-appreciated, but Courtney wins us most in her sensitive, tender ballads, such as the love tale "Saginaw," where the warm tremolo in her voice provokes tenderness. The beautiful harmoniously sung "Broken" calls to mind the environment of tender Rory Block in Lovin' Whiskey. The album concludes with Times Like These, which reflects the emotions with beautiful metaphors of a character who survived Hurricane Katrina. Our choice was quick after listening to this promising debut of Courtney Leigh Heins. The Californische stands to inspire people, perhaps many, with lively music, but we were touched deepest by her sociable and tender hearth fire moments. With or without the solid jet-ear tones of Doug Pettibone, this maid is strong enough to stand on her own. - Rootstime (Belgium)


"Hot Coffee CD review"

Courtney Leigh Heins and coffee. We too gladly answer her inviting gesture on the photograph of the cover, which portrays Courtney in beautiful, orange sepia dye with a coffee pot (which is apparently even served in California on the beach) as the back of the cover proves. Coffee means sociability and this is also the feeling that this record leaves with us: heart and an ideal gift for autumn. Hot Coffee is the crown of her work and nothing was left to chance. Even master guitarist Doug Pettibone, well-known for his penetrating guitar work with Lucinda Williams, contributes to her album. He colors without delay her politically-injected opener The Great Divide, which evolves slowly from a Dylan-esque folk song to a powerful country rocker, assisted by strong tele-twang. The best part of Courtney lies in her versatility. In "Here I Go" you hear a Carpenters-related, splendidly harmoniously sung country music ballad. She shows herself in the emotionally-moving "Lightly" with an effortless Stevie Nicks vibe ala Fleetwood Mac. Uptempo, lively country music dotted with mandolins and pedal-steel guitars are well-appreciated, but Courtney wins us most in her sensitive, tender ballads, such as the love tale "Saginaw," where the warm tremolo in her voice provokes tenderness. The beautiful harmoniously sung "Broken" calls to mind the environment of tender Rory Block in Lovin' Whiskey. The album concludes with Times Like These, which reflects the emotions with beautiful metaphors of a character who survived Hurricane Katrina. Our choice was quick after listening to this promising debut of Courtney Leigh Heins. The Californische stands to inspire people, perhaps many, with lively music, but we were touched deepest by her sociable and tender hearth fire moments. With or without the solid jet-ear tones of Doug Pettibone, this maid is strong enough to stand on her own. - Rootstime (Belgium)


Discography

CD-"Bright Blue World"
Bright Blue World
Good Times
Fear
Dream-A-Bubble
Jenny & Me
Wreck Tangle
Daydream
The Gambler
Missoula
We Were Young

CD-"Hot Coffee"
The Great Divide
Here I Go
Lightly
Joey (cover)
Hot Coffee, Mississippi
Prove Me Wrong
Saginaw
Broken
This Ol' Town
Times Like These

CD-"Refolk"
10 Miles from Normal
Goodbye to Monument Valley
Weather Man
I'll Fade Away
A Girl Named George
The Black Dahlia
The Hollywood Song
Beggin' for Change
Dear John
Sin City
The Dustbowl

EP-"Thrift Store Ballads"
I Need A Cowboy Tonight
Gratitude
Angel
All I Can Take
I'll Take You Down
Widow's Walk

Accolades include 2011 Durango Songwriters Contest - Grand Prize Winner for Film/TV (co-writer Athena Marie Byrne); Ourstage.com Download of the Week; We Are Listening 1st place Lyric Writer Awards (co-writer Lee Ashley); Garageband.com Track of the Day Award, Top 25 Lyrics of all-time & #1 Track in Folk/Country; JLSC Honorable Mention; 7 ASCAPLUS Awards;1st place SongoftheMonth.com

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Bio

Courtney Leigh Heins, a Hoosier native and Boston College graduate, combines Americana music with compelling stories about life in the Heartland & Hollywood. Courtney has performed in Park City, UT at the 2012 & 2013 Sundance Film Festivals, in Austin, TX at SXSW in 2010 & 2011, the Anchorage Folk Festival and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN as a part of their Sunday Writers' Night series and Saturday Night In-the-Round. She currently serves as Artistic Ambassador for the Eritaj Foundation's "Visions for a Prosperous Haiti." Locally, she has played in Los Angeles at The Viper Room, El Cid, The Rainbow, Genghis Cohen, Pig'n Whistle & Molly Malone's, where she has opened for I See Hawks in LA and Jes Hudak (Platinum Hit). Courtney also performed live on Park City TV in the round with Adam Gaynor (Matchbox 20), Moi Navarro (The Sing-Off) & Brian Ashley Jones (AMA Top 100).

Courtney's newest album "Bright Blue World" was released at Sundance in January of 2013 and is produced by Jordan Higgins (The Judy Stakee Company) and Bryan Dobbs (Frank Stallone Band). Check out the review by Underground Nashville here: http://davecarew.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/courtney-leigh-heins-releases-outstanding-bright-blue-world/. Her 2nd album "Hot Coffee" (now available on Pandora) features Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, Ray Lamontagne) on guitar. Her music has been featured on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, as well as on Stardust Radio, Whole Wheat Radio, Crooked Sisters Radio Hour and has received airplay on stations as far away as Belgium and Macedonia. She has current publishing deals with Monica Benson (BOK Music) and Janet Fisher (Goodnight Kiss Music) and her song "My Kind of Man" can be found on the "Rhythm of Honor" CD, a song compilation that benefits the Wounded Warriors Fund. She also collaborates with a variety of artists, writers and producers in the genres of Country, Rock, Pop and Hip-Hop for specific TV/Film and Artist uses.

Music Placements include: "Heartland" - CBC; "M jak Milosc" Poland's #1 TV drama; "Secret Lives of Women" & "Unforgettable Wedding Venues" - WE Network; "Pit Boss" - Animal Planet; "Millionaire Matchmaker" - Bravo; "Auction Kings" - Discovery Channel; "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" - Discovery Health; "Miss Turkey Trot & Miss Drumsticks" - TLC; "The Rocky Mountain Experience" - PBS; "Meteorite Men" - Science Channel; "Topanga Creek Bicycles" promo; "In Their Boots" - Webisodes; "Evergone" - dir. Brian J. Kaufman-Prod."The Simpsons"; Honeybaked Ham Commercial; "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" DVD bonus material; "Peter Perfect" - The Style Network; "America's Funniest Pets & People" - WGN; "Broken" & "Cat's Cradle"- indie films

Accolades: IMEA Award Noms: Best Country Album, Best Country Song, Durango Songwriters Contest - Grand Prize Winner for Film/TV (co-writer Athena Marie Byrne); Ourstage.com Download of the Week; 1st Place We Are Listening Lyric Writer Awards (co-writer Lee Ashley); Garageband.com Track of the Day Award, Top 25 Lyrics of all-time & #1 Track in Folk/Country; JLSC & WCSC Honorable Mentions; 9 ASCAPLUS Awards; 1st place SongoftheMonth.com; Billboard Top 500 Award

"Emerging as an observant working class songstress on the Ourstage radar..." -- Aidan Rush, Ourstage (US)

"Home cooked groove...aching, country bluesy feel to vocal attitude, great lyric references. Immensely promising."--TAXI (US)

"She shows herself in the emotionally-moving "Lightly" with an effortless Stevie Nicks vibe ala Fleetwood Mac. Uptempo, lively country music dotted with mandolins and pedal-steel guitars are well-appreciated, but Courtney wins us most in her sensitive, tender ballads, such as the love tale "Saginaw." --Rootstime (Belgium)

Influences include Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Eddie Vedder, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Wilco & Lucinda Williams.

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