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Heidi Mays



Heidi is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Texas. She was raised on ’70s rock. Heidi's influences included artists like Carly Simon, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Chicago and Journey. These early influences inspired her own swampy flavor of gritty pop/rock, while her lyrics stem from her personal faith journey. Her original songs come from a personal place, as she’s continually inspired by her 15-year-old sister, who initially wasn’t even supposed to live. Born brain-dead, Heidi’s sister, Hannah, is literally a walking miracle, and for Heidi, her story bears the imprint of God’s faithfulness and the healing power of prayer. “I think having a little sister that has a brain injury has made me mature quicker,” she observes. “I don’t think I would have been able to look at life or write songs the same way if I hadn’t had Hannah.” Heidi was the winner of the 2016 Cantinas Worship Songwriting Contest for her song, “Bullets”, Recently, she has been recording in Nashville and released her debut EP, Monsters, in January of 2017.

Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. In the early 2000s, my parents opened a music venue. Every weekend hundreds of kids would come and I remember vividly how music brought people together. That definitely lit a fire in me. My whole family is very musical, so that was a contributing factor, but I gained courage in my writing and playing after meeting my dear friend, Sarah Kelly. Being around Sarah made me fearless in my writing and confident in my message. I think everyone needs a music mentor. Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?​ Oh my gosh, hands down the craziest moment was being on the 2016 Grammy Long-List. That was a serious vote of confidence for me, it was insane. What has been the high point of your music path? The high-point for me so far was receiving the Cantinas Songwriting Award in 2016. Through that award, I was able to record my song, Bullets, with an amazing group of musicians and play for a whole new audience. It was crazy how God opened the door for me to do all that.

So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?

I feel like a I have a couple of processes that I rotate. One is definitely just writing down whats in my head in a long stream and then going back and making it rhyme. I tend to write little quips and phrases in my phone and I go back and find a bunch of them will work together. I think what works best for me are idioms. They are my best friend and creative buddy. As far as chords, I find that the more I learn songs the more my mind figures out where it wants my chords to go. I never stop learning songs on guitar or piano, even banjo. Here is a video of Heidi performing live:


What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? I would ask the music industry if we could share booking agents. I would love to be able to hire a booking agent to book the shows while I'm still a growing artist.

If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Either the Eagles or Bread. 100%. Their music has influenced my creative process so much, I would love to sing with David Gates. What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?

Rehearsals with my band are always a blast. I send them the songs a good bit in advance, so when we get together its a jam sesh. We figure out some fun moments in the songs and just have a great time.

Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!

Bullets wasn't tough to write as much as tedious. We, my producer Jonas and I, worked on the lyrics once a week for a good month or more. It went through many iterations, but the most important thing for me was not settling on something we weren't loving. Bullets is now one of my favorites because we didn't compromise impatience for skill.


What's coming up in the future?

New music! I have a new single in the works called Overboard that I'm excited to share. I'm also looking forward to a great tour coming up. Tell us where fans can access your music. My website or Spotify , iTunes or Youtube!

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