Heather Marie
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Heather Marie

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21
Heather Marie @ Smith's Olde Bar

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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I’m a small town somewhat southern girl, who since the age of five, had always dreamed of being a performer. Growing up I continuously would stand on our couch and sing. Some relatives would even pay me to stand up and sing in restaurants at times. At a young age is when I knew all of Janet and Michael Jackson’s songs and dance moves. I stickly watched the show “Solid Gold,” every week and I embarssingly used to watch Gloria Estefan and The Miami sound machine tour on VHS, while I sang in my living room. When no one was home, this is what I would do and no one knew of this passion. My family never even heard a peep out of me until the night of my college graduation party. They had seen me dance a million times, but never sing. Dancing wasn’t as hard to do in front of others, but my singing was a kept secret that I was never confident enough to share. However, I’m finally ready to share my god given talent to my loved ones and you.

My passions continued from early on and around the age of ten, my mom decided that she needed to put her little girl in the business. She then put me in every kind of dance class, along with modeling and acting.. On weekends I would do auditions all over the metro area. My family called me a miny Shirley Temple. However, I took classes for a while, but I wasn’t really serious about it all until high school. In high school, I then joined the school choir, which I took for four years, while I cheered, played basketball and danced. Finally, during my senior year, I got enough guts to try out for the high school musical and which I did and made it. My best friend and I both made it and it was a blast. My high school teacher even asked me to try out for a solo for the musical, but I wasn’t quite confident enough to sing a solo yet. So I just ended my senior year by dancing.

After high school, I went on to college where I eventually ended up at Georgia State University where my major was Music Management. There I was in the Choral Society for three years, while I did a show at Six Flags for a year, danced with the Culture Shock Dance Troupe and did various auditions here in Atlanta and Flordia. While, going to school full-time, working full-time, I was also in a girl band called “Karma.” During my senior year, the group wanted to move to Hilton Head to record and write, but I felt as if something was not right for me with that group. So I decided to drop out of the group,stay in school and graduate. Even though I was upset about leaving the group, shortly thereafter, the band broke up and I was so glad that I had went with my gut. After graduation in 2002, a year later, my friend J.P and I packed my little Honda Civic and drove 2200 miles to the city of dreams, Los Angeles. Even though I did not have a job lined up and no plans of what would come; moving there was a dream on its own. I first rented a room out of a house in Santa Monica and it was awesome to be so close to the beach, since I love the ocean. After six months though, I then hopped over to West Hollywood, where I lived right off of Sunset Blvd. It was nice to live near everything plus the dance studios. I also met a lot of cool people in my building and rent was cheaper there as well, but I still struggled financially. Therefore, I was home a lot on weekends, but that only gave me the opportunity to work on my songwriting and music, where I then I discovered the love of writing.

It’s been two years since I have been home from La La Land and it’s been a productive two years. I profoundly grew up from my experience of Hollywood. It can chew you up and spit you out; it’s a definite hustle. However, that didn’t scare me though because I love a challenge, but basically I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do. I had more debt than I had income and I was already working two jobs. So after a year in Los Angeles, I decided to make my journey back home. I believe I made the right decision and I believe that good things are still to come, even though industry and parents have tried to steer me off my course, I won’t give up the fight, for this year will be great and I can’t wait to share my dreams with you.

Love,
Heather