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Heather McCready

Weaving touches of bluegrass, Celtic, classical, and folk, Heather McCready music is captivating, eclectic and original. Perhaps most distinctive to her sound is Heather's affinity for enveloping listeners in moving layers of finely tuned, intricately crafted harmonies. She has a delicate, angelic voice but but "Her music will reach deep inside of you and touch your spirit" (George Beverly Shea). Heather is a singer/songwriter, but has also enjoyed putting a unique spin on familiar Christmas music, favorite songs from the 60's and 70's, hymns and other Christian music. She has a diverse repetoire ranging from heart wrenching and raw to playful and fun, reminiscent of youth and innocence. But, despite variety in tempo and tenor, a unique thread of peace and tranquility runs as a consistent thread throughout all of Heather's songs. This is a peace and purity of production which is not only heard, but felt; a welcome departure for all who enjoy a break from the deafening noise of life.

Special attention should be given to Heather McCready's producer, well-known Texas virtuoso musician, Milo Deering, who among many other noteworthy accomplishments toured with Don Henley of "The Eagles" playing pedal steel on his US/European tours in 2015/16. Milo has been a consistent creative partner alongside Heather in the creation of all six of her full-length albums to date. His talents are truly staggering, playing the fiddle, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, dobro, piano, flute, tin whistle and most recently the cello. Milo is a studio musician in Dallas Texas at The Acoustic Kitchen, where Heather's music (other than "Finally Free"/ Patrick McGuire Studios) has all been recorded.

Described as “refreshing”, "pure", "whimsical", “evocative” , even“healing", Heather is an inspirational artist in the studio and on stage. Her performances move emotions and mesmerize the senses. Her band consists of acoustic guitars, fiddles, mandolin, piano, cello, tin whistle, and upright bass, as well as Heather’s own angelic and distinctly pure voice. In doing so, they create music that takes listeners to places they never want to leave. Heather McCready's thriving individuality and creative expression have resulted in profound tracks that are moving listeners across the globe. She has enjoyed airplay of her songs, 'Clarity" and "Maybe" on National BBC2 in the UK and also enjoys regular airplay on smaller stations in such countries as her home country the USA, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, France, England and as far away as Singapore, among many others.

In 2011, Heather was privileged to receive two full cover stories, which featured her in the "Metro" and the "Arts and Life" sections of The Dallas Morning News. Also, Heather's CD, "Christmas the Way I Hear It", was an editor's pick and critic's choice for “Best Holiday Music” in "The Dallas Morning News" and CD Baby. Her fifth CD, "Bluebirdy' received Critic's Pick once more in 2012 by CD Baby and was praised in a feature for The Dallas Morning News on local musical talent by music editor, Mario Tarradell. Heather has been a featured performer on the television morning programs "Good Day Dallas" and "Good Morning Texas" a combined five times since 2010. In 2013, Mario Tarradell of "The Dallas Morning News" featured Heather's beautiful music as well as her inspiring story about her very difficult battles overcoming depression and coping with bipolar disorder before a concert at the highly sought- after singer/songwriter's listening venue, Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse. Heather has been honored to headline at Uncle Calvin's three times.

Since 2009, Heather has released six full-length albums: "Finally Free", "Neverland", "Give It A Day", "Christmas The Way I Hear It", "Bluebirdy" and "But I Say Love". "But I Say Love" is a collection of spiritual favorites and hymns and is made especially wonderful given the gift of Heather's daughter and special guest performer, Ruthianne McCready's, truly unique and beautiful voice on three tracks. Truly, "For the Beauty of the Earth" and "Holy, Holy, Holy" are not to be missed.

Through every album, Heather continues to grow and evolve as an artist. She is known for her boundless creativity, passionate disposition, as well as her perfectionistic and hands-on approach to all aspects of production. She loves taking musical risks and believes that the art of producing good music is in the details. She focuses on dynamics, simplicity and purity of sound.

Heather is a wife of 23 years to Mark McCready and mother of two college age young adults. She is a native Texan and has been active in her community using her gifts in music and speaking on her passion to fight stigmas affecting treatment of those suffering from mental illnesses.

To learn more about Heather's own journey and message of hope for sufferers of depression and bipolar disorder (as well as other mental illnesses), please visit her "My Story" page on the website.

When she is not in the studio or writing, Heather enjoys time with her family, photography, travel, laughing, being a movie buff, reading non-fiction, working on a new book of her own and marveling at the world around her. Heather has served on the board of the Mental Health Association of Tarrant County. And finally, Heather is a student of Healing Touch and a great believer in the effectiveness of energy work on the human body.