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From her humble beginnings in small town Dawson Creek in Northern British Columbia, Canada, Heidi Raye has made it her life's goal to entertain people with her voice and song. Heidi sang her first solo in church at the age of three, and has been living for the stage ever since. She spent her childhood and teens doing music theatre, voice lessons, taking Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Ballroom dance lessons, and learning to play instruments that she continues to play, such as guitar, piano, mandolin, trumpet, bass, and harmonica.
Over her career, Heidi has been honored to open for amazing acts like Randy Travis, Aaron Pritchett and Emerson Drive, and has shared the stage with Jason Aldean, Neal McCoy, and Johnny Reid. She has performed and headlined at many festivals including Bud Country Fever, Griz fest, Merritt Mountain Music Festival, as well as country music festivals in Switzerland. Heidi's sole penned song, "Last Flame", off her self-titled debut album, placed top 25 in the Music City Song Writing Competition hosted by MCA Recording Artist, Josh Turner. It also received an honorable Mention in the 17th Annual Billboard Songwriting Competition.
In March 2012, Heidi teamed up with Producer, Dan Mitchell to create a six track EP to showcase her creative writing and strong vocals. All songs on the project have been written in part or in full by Raye. Each song showcases her own unique sound, while still maintaining the roots of traditional country music. Her songs are both honest and powerful in telling the stories of life's triumphs and heartbreaks.
Heidi's easy-going yet high-energy, down-to-earth nature, makes her a joy to watch and to work with.
New Music Round Up 04/09/2012 - By Todd Sterling
Heidi Raye: "Hot Mess Express"
Canadian country sweetheart Heidi Raye is gearing up for the release of her new six track EP, Hot Mess Express (available now on Itunes). On the first single (and title cut), Raye charges along like a runaway locomotive hell bent on doing some chart damage. The Dawson Creek native may call Nashville home, but her songwriting has a Canadian flavour. "Hot Mess Express" is a chugging toe-tapper with rolling banjo, slithery steel guitar and wicked back up vocals. The song's chorus is infectious and stays with you long after the last note fades. Raye has a radio-friendly voice, part Miranda Lambert, part Martina McBride. In fact, if one was looking for a comparison, "Hot Mess Express" is cut from the same cloth as McBride's
"When God-Fearing Women Get The Blues". I look forward to hearing the rest of the EP.