Heather Purdin
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Heather Purdin

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After a long battle with a life threatening illness, Heather Purdin purchased her first guitar as a gift to herself so she could sing through life's pain and move toward health. She never imagined what would come to follow this simple decision.

Determined to learn how to replicate the music of her favorite artists, she quickly grew frustrated with teaching herself to play cover songs. In fact, she did not learn a single cover song before she wrote her first original after just three months of playing guitar. On her 19th birthday, she was sitting on the porch during a cool, breezy summer evening and outpoured her soul and heart as she began singing into the wind. Astonished, she found herself putting words to melodies. "I NEVER thought i would write songs. I have no music training and I am unable to play by ear. Something just happens when i open myself up to the gift of music. When I'm patient, it finds me. I suppose i play by heart; I sing and share the wisdom of life that wants to sing through these six little strings."

Originally, Heather's songwriting was influenced by listening to the oldies and a few female pop artists, namely Tracy Chapman, Jewel, Dido, & Sarah McLachlan. Heather's voice is often said to sound much like a balance of Norah Jones and Natalie Merchant, which has sparked an interest for exploring other talented musicians. "I think it is foolish to deny that, as musicians, we are all inspired by everything we hear. As I have developed my own sense of songwriting, I see influences from many of the artists I listen to, yet rarely can anyone easily classify my music into a specific genre. I appreciate this because for me songwriting is all about encapsulating my perspective of life into sounds others can relate to."

Heather attributes the spirit of her present songwriting to influences from Edie Brickell, Natalie Merchant, Fleetwood Mac, Po' Girl, The Be Good Tanyas, Butterfly Boucher, and Tracy Chapman. "I don't neccessarily sound like any of these artists, but they inspire me to find my own voice."

Heather is a graduate student and therapist-in-training by day, but uses her evenings, weekends, and additional free time to create and express herself through the arts.

With an inclination toward using the guitar as a backdrop for singing stories of life and living, Heather complements her rhythmic guitar playing with what has been described as strong, ethereal, and authentic vocals and lyrics. Although a bit shy as she enters the stage, her humor comes out as she warms up to the crowd and her anxiety dissipates as she enters the spiritual realm awaiting her in the music.

Heather has shared the stage with artists including: Hope for Agoldensummer, Ryan Taylor of the Little Green Chairs, Betsy Frank, Sara O'brien, Heidi Hensley, Kirsten Hazler, Cycle of Addiction, & Mark Evangelist.