Heather Evans

  • Genre
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Winner★ Singer-Songwriter ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Singer-Songwriter ★
  • Musicians
    • David Andrew — violin
    • Heather Evans — acoustic guitar, vocals
    • Jesse Knudson — drums
    • Marco Robledo — lead guitar
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


Geez! That's a hard one! I have a ton of favorite songs, BUT my all-time fave has to be "Fix You" by Coldplay. "Fix You" was the only song that would put my colicky son Trust to sleep as a baby! Plus, I love the dynamics of that song. The build at the end and the emotion of it!

How do you describe your music to people?


Encouraging, empowering folk/pop.

Tell us about how you first started gigging.


My first gig was in the cafe at the church I was going to as a teen! I played there once, and they invited me back month-after-month. It taught me a bunch about performing, preparing a set list and engaging with the audience. At 15, I started play open-mics all over town, and of course my mom and dad went with me! Those those open-mics and venues started asking me to play actual shows!

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


There's been a ton of good shows lately, but one of my favorites was on New Year's Eve at Fig Tree Coffee! It's always a super supportive listening environment, and people really engaged with the music that night! My brother-in-law Jesse played drums, and my buddy Marco Robledo played guitar with me. We jammed a ton, and we did a kamikaze songwriting round, which is where we write a song ON THE SPOT and it's always epic! The crowd sang along most of the night, and that is all you could ever want or ask for. I'm realizing that playing music isn't about me, but it's for others. That when I perform, I need to get myself out of the way and see what the audience needs and feed off of that. It's really changed the way I perform!!

Tell us about your worst gig.


Probably a time when the audience wasn't engaged, or a time when I was too much in my head. There was one show where I broke a string, and I wanted to cry and run off the stage, but I couldn't. I had to power through! There was also a college bar show where guys shouted "Show us your boobs!" I felt so embarrassed and angry, but I just kept playing pretending I didn't hear anything. Now, I probably would have made a joke, not take it personal and moved on, but I was a young-un in those days!

What artist or band are you a little embarrassed to love, and why?


I am such a fan of pop music... DON'T JUDGE ME! Hahahaha! I was a huge Britney Spears, N'Sync, Backstreet Boys fan back in my teens, and to be honest, I love to drop some of those songs into my sets and see people's reactions! It's hilarious! No one will be listening, then I start playing "Baby One More Time" and everyone starts singing along, it's the best!—I think there is something to be learned from pop music. The HOOKS stick with you, and if you can create a singable part that people remember, you've got the audience!

What was the first song you learned to play?


Probably a Michelle Branch song! Haha! I listened to her music a lot as a teenager.

What's next for you?


I am working on a project called 12 Songs in 12 Months. I'm recording one song every month and documenting the process through a vlog on my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/heatherevansmusic—My first song, I'm working with a producer in Nashville! I'm looking to make a full-length CD for folks to listen to, but also use the songs to be licensed for TV and film. I had a song on So You Think You Can Dance this last season, so I'm hoping to get more placements in the future!

What's the story behind your stage name?


No story. My Momma gave it to me!! :)

What's your favorite local artist/group?


TONS. I host the Sacramento Songwriter Circle, a music showcase and I meet a TON of awesome artists. Here's a few: Deux Coasts, Seth Kaminsky, The Herald, Mona V, The New Crowns, BASI, Devin Wright, Jasmine Bailey, James Love, Brett Lee Miller, Trevalene, Bethany Anne, Rachel Lahr, Missy Robertson, Aaron Taylor, Ben Taylor, Wold Creek Boys, Donrico DeCastro, Jaclyn Lovey.. So many more!

Who are your biggest influences?


Definitely Coldplay and Mumford & Sons. If I don't know what to listen to on Spotify, those are ALWAYS my go-to's. Lyrically M&S is my fave. They are super poetic. Coldplay has a way of making you feeeeel something with their music. I hope to be able to both!

Who first inspired you to play music?


I grew up in a musical family. My mom plays piano and is great at harmonies, my dad has an amazing voice and my sister sings and plays guitar and piano. So my family definitely inspired me! I started writing poetry when I was in third grade and had journals FULL of poetry! When I was about 12 or 13, my sister Amy started learning guitar, and I got super competitive (as sisters do) and started learning guitar too! Amy gave up on guitar, but I kept going and started turning my journals of poetry into songs.

Words to live by?


Music is not a light we shine on ourselves, but a light we shine on others. My friend Myra Gleason from a touring band Stereo RV told me that and it really spoke to me!

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