Heidi Winzinger
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Heidi Winzinger

Mount Holly, New Jersey, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | INDIE

Mount Holly, New Jersey, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2000
Solo Folk Folk

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It may just be me, but this past week seemed to be filled with bad news. My head has been spinning with stories of dogs shot, thrown out of moving vehicles and down trash chutes... You know, all that kind of stuff.

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to begin my weekend on a more upbeat note. Hey! It's Saturday! Time for a dog song here at For Love of a Dog.
Admittedly, this one may bring tears to your eyes, but they'll be tears of a good sort. Today's dog song is My Best Friend, written and performed by Heidi Winzinger. It accompanies video Heidi made of her friends and their dogs.

Great lyrics about the relationship we share with our dogs. Want this tune for your listening pleasure later? You can purchase and download Heidi's tribute to dogs My Best Friend at iTunes and CD Baby.

Be sure to scroll down below today's song video because today is another Saturday Pet Blog Hop. Lots and lots of barking good blogs to sniff out!
- Dog Time


Sometimes you run into a cd that appeals to you immediately. Until recently, Heidi Winzinger was completely unknown to me, but her cd ‘Honeysuckle Dream’ certainly belongs to that category. This New Jersey born lady with a PhD in agriculture may be dreaming to sit on the porch of her own farm some day, but I certainly hope she will never leave the singing behind. For ‘Honeysuckle Dream’ is a lovely record, full of variation and with excellent songs. Add to that the fact that her voice sounds very charming to me, to put it modestly. Recognizable, colorful and simply plain beautiful. Colorful like the honeysuckle, in Dutch ‘kamperfoelie’, to adhere to the theme of the album.
This is not an album that digs deep all the time, the jazzy ‘Yogi Momma’ is just a simple ‘feel good’ song and the tasty up-tempo ‘Paper trails’ is just a song about reading a book. But in the very beautiful song ‘I’m Falling Too’ she paints a love affair with the shades of autumn. Beautiful dobro playing, her voice gorgeously combined with beautiful background vocals deliver just the right atmosphere for this song. Similarly, Heidi lifts the folky ‘Midway Avenue’ to a very high level.
There’s a lot of sarcasm in the catchy ‘Another Perfect Day’, about the empty lives of a number of frequent manicure visiting housewives. Happy and cheerful from the outside, but it’s a thin layer of make-up that hides the sadness. But what’s that hollow feeling that follows you through the day? she sings in the darkly sounding bridge. The beautiful ‘I can’t sleep’ with a lovely bass clarinet arrangement closes this cd in an impressive way.
This exemplarily produced cd is released by Tresspass Music. This label recently released some cd’s that are more than worthwile and ‘Honeysuckle dream’ with its extensive instrumentation is certainly one of them. We don’t rate reviewed cd’s with stars in this place, but if we did I would certainly give this one a four out of five. Heidi Winzinger has proven to be a more than pleasant surprise. -Johnny's Garden, Netherlands - Ed Muitjens


"Heidi Winzinger is a songwriter that deserves to be known 'cause she's a very talented one. "Honeysuckle Dream" has many songs that fit perfectly with the way I intend music to be...intelligent and heartfelt. Remo Ricaldone, American Roots Radio, Italy (Feb 9, 2011)
- Remo Ricaldone - American Roots Radio Italy


Heidi Winzinger opens with a real beauty, the title song 'Honeysuckle Dream.' The dobro adds to the interest. Heidi's voice, as she reaches that high note, is memorable. 'I'm Falling Too' walks in the main theme of this collection – relationships. This is sweetly sung and the arrangement, including additional voices, is clever and polished.
'Paper Trails' bops along in the vein of a Carol King song that invites you to "snuggle in for a Friday night..." 'Midway Avenue' is a personal memory, probably of a father, "He was the captain of Midway Avenue." 'Come Home' is Heidi's believable plea for a united holiday with her family. The upbeat 'Yogi Mamma' is sung to a conga beat as Heidi chants her way to the relief she wants from a meditative workout.
'Super Dog' recalls that faithful mutt whose life unfortunately ends far too soon. The memory lingers. 'Killer' is a puzzler. The lyrics suggest serious crime tucked into a soft melody, but it reminds us of the sad moments when we have had pets euthanized. Whatever the source, Heidi is not afraid of difficult subjects. 'I Can't Sleep' dwells on the insomnia and all the methods that fail. I like this last song almost as much as the stellar title song.
Overall, this is nicely arranged and produced collection by an accomplished writer. You can find samples on her website. The use of instruments is judicious and enhancing. Heidi Winzinger's voice has a fine quality, and these are good songs. - J.W. McClure


"Heidi Winzinger has got such a clear voice, really perfect for an emotional travel throughout these beautiful songs ...she is really perfect for my format and my own tastes..." Mike PENARD / American Roots Music / ISA Radio /FRANCE
Mike Penard - ISO Radio France (Jan 29, 2011) - Mike Penard, ISO Radio, France


Sometimes you run into a cd that appeals to you immediately. Until recently, Heidi Winzinger was completely unknown to me, but her cd ‘Honeysuckle Dream’ certainly belongs to that category. This New Jersey born lady with a PhD in agriculture may be dreaming to sit on the porch of her own farm some day, but I certainly hope she will never leave the singing behind. For ‘Honeysuckle Dream’ is a lovely record, full of variation and with excellent songs. Add to that the fact that her voice sounds very charming to me, to put it modestly. Recognizable, colorful and simply plain beautiful. Colorful like the honeysuckle, in Dutch ‘kamperfoelie’, to adhere to the theme of the album.

This is not an album that digs deep all the time, the jazzy ‘Yogi Momma’ is just a simple ‘feel good’ song and the tasty up-tempo ‘Paper trails’ is just a song about reading a book. But in the very beautiful song ‘I’m Falling Too’ she paints a love affair with the shades of autumn. Beautiful dobro playing, her voice gorgeously combined with beautiful background vocals deliver just the right atmosphere for this song. Similarly, Heidi lifts the folky ‘Midway Avenue’ to a very high level.

There’s a lot of sarcasm in the catchy ‘Another Perfect Day’, about the empty lives of a number of frequent manicure visiting housewives. Happy and cheerful from the outside, but it’s a thin layer of make-up that hides the sadness. But what’s that hollow feeling that follows you through the day? she sings in the darkly sounding bridge. The beautiful ‘I can’t sleep’ with a lovely bass clarinet arrangement closes this cd in an impressive way.

This exemplarily produced cd is released by Tresspass Music. This label recently released some cd’s that are more than worthwile and ‘Honeysuckle dream’ with its extensive instrumentation is certainly one of them. We don’t rate reviewed cd’s with stars in this place, but if we did I would certainly give this one a four out of five. Heidi Winzinger has proven to be a more than pleasant surprise. - Ed Muitjens


"Heidi Winzinger is a songwriter that deserves to be known 'cause she's a very talented one. "Honeysuckle Dream" has many songs that fit perfectly with the way I intend music to be...intelligent and heartfelt. Remo Ricaldone, American Roots Radio, Italy - Remo Ricaldone


"Heidi Winzinger has got such a clear voice, really perfect for an emotional travel throughout these beautiful songs ...she is really perfect for my format and my own tastes..." Mike PENARD / American Roots Music / ISA Radio /FRANCE - ISO Radio France


Discography

"Snow Day" 2007 - covered by WXPN Philadelphia, Whole Wheat Radio Alaska, BBC Radio Straphsire England, Peelgrass Radio Netherlands and more

"Honeysuckle Dream" Released February 2011 by Trespass Music

"Jersey" EP - Released May 2012 (songs about New Jersey)

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Heidi & The Genies - Countrified Folk Rock with a Gypsy Twist!  Heidi, Sharis and Mir bring together their unique folk and country original styles for a unique and entertaining show with plenty of harmonies and energy.  

Sharis a well defined casual hippy from California with years of girl band experience came home to New Jersey and met Heidi Winzinger, a lifelong South Jersey girl concentrating on songs related to weird New Jersey history, dogs and farming who both met Mir Stavola a Slovakian Mountain Folk Singer who concentrates on gypsy music.  Together, they are "The Genies" and create a show which is diverse and original, but peppered with a few old time American tunes folks can sing along with. 

Heidi solo - A native Jersey girl, Heidi was influenced by old time Country music her father loves. As she developed her own taste, it included everything from Johnny Cash to Neil Diamond and Pink Floyd.

With a dream to work her own farm, Heidi studied agriculture in college while continuously nurturing her love of singing and writing. Today Heidi preserves farmland in New Jersey, is a proponent of supporting local agriculture and an advocate for animal rights and rescue.

She writes songs which combine her influences of Folk, Country, and Rock in her own unique style. Telling stories of women losing themselves to their jobs, the loss of farmland to development, the friendly feeling a snow day brings, celebrating a beloved dog and the fabled Jersey Devil.


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