Heather Findlay was born on the 7th of March 1977. It was in Doncaster that Heather spent her early years with a few more years spent in Wakefield and Leeds here and there along the way until she finally settled in York at the age of 9. Brought up in a home where the radio was never switched off unless the turntable was spinning, foundations were being laid well from an early age that would become the basis for Heather’s future music career.
At the age of 13, on learning she had a growing passion for playing music, her beloved grandfather bought for Heather, her first guitar. Appearing in many school productions and shows and constantly listening to new music fuelled the passion further and from the Kate Bush; Fleetwood Mac; Beatles and Mowtown she’d hear a lot of at home to the pop, rock, grunge and metal of the common room and later bars and clubs, Heather’s musical and performing background had been written and was as diverse as the ocean is deep.
By the age of 19 Heather had studied art at college, spent increasing amounts of time in the studio and had begun playing various acoustic gigs. It was following one such gig that Heather was asked to join up and coming rock band Mostly Autumn by its’ founder member Bryan Josh. On feeling the timing was right to move in a different direction, Heather accepted. During the 13 years that followed, Bryan and Heather went on to share much creative success, writing and recording many albums together with the band which toured internationally and constantly throughout. It was in January 2010 that Heather made the decision to part company with Mostly Autumn and to launch a solo career.
Back to the drawing board and hoping to create something very fresh and new, Heather began writing material for her debut solo album.
Throughout 2010 Heather wrote many tunes that seemed to begin to pull in differing directions from one another thus inspiring the decision for her to release a series of EP’s instead of a full album.
In February 2011 it was announced that the dark, edgy, quirky and bohemian, first EP in the series ‘The Phoenix Suite’ would be released on 25th April 2011.
On 14th March 2011, the pre-release limited collector’s edition of The Phoenix Suite EP sold-out in just 9 minutes!
Even in the very early stages of Heather’s solo presence it can be seen that she is indeed determined to make her mark with a fresh and innovative sound which succeeds in its experimental bravery, yet in all that is vocal, still manages to pay homage to her former pastures in the unmistakably emotive, dynamic Findlay way.
Over the years Heather has developed her level of stage-craft to the point of being labelled an utterly mesmeric and charismatic performer. This boundless depth and dynamic of her stage presence coupled with her richness, power and beauty of voice deny you the ability to be anything other than captive when she sings. Working up a reputation for being one of the finest female vocalists of her time winning her awards for such and her songs alike, Heather’s solo career is to be one that promises greatness in every aspect.
Biography highlights at a glance:
- 1995 Embarks a singing/musical career
- 1996 Session with Shed Seven
- 1997 Joins Mostly Autumn
- 1997 Records MA debut album ‘For All We Shared’
- 1998 Records ‘The Spirit Of Autumn Past’ featuring first lyric on ‘Evergreen’
- 1999 Wins ‘Best Female Vocalist’ CRS award, along with ‘Best New Band’.
- 2000 Supports Blackmores’ Night extensively in Europe as part of MA trio.
- 2001 Records ‘The Last Bright Light’ featuring first complete compositions & cover art.
- 2001 Filmed for first DVD ‘The Story So Far’
- 2001 Tours with Uriah Heep in Germany and Holland.
- 2001 ‘Shrinking Violet’ wins ‘Best Song’ at CRS awards.
- 2001 Commissioned to create artwork for Blackmore’s Night
- 2002 Plays first shows in USA
- 2003 Collaborates with Arjen Lucassen
- 2003 Makes live guest appearances with Uriah Heep and John Wetton
- 2004 Filmed for 2nd DVD ‘The V Shows’. Penned ‘Carpe Diem’
- 2005 Records Storms Over Still Water
- 2005 Wins CRS awards for Best Female Vocalist, and Carpe Diem wins ‘Best Song’
- 2005 Forms Odin Dragonfly with Angela Gordon and releases album ‘Offerings’
- 2006 Records Heartful Of Sky
- 2007 Plays Murrayfield Stadium
- 2008 Records Glass Shadows
- 2008 Tours and guests with Jethro Tull
- 2008 Gives birth to Harlan Blayke Findlay-Loftus
- 2009 Sings on ‘The Madness Of Crowds’
- 2009 Plays Percussion on ‘The Fabric’
- 2009 Releases artwork commercially
- 2009 Records, mixes and masters double live album ‘Live 2009’
- 2009 Performs final tour with Mostly Autumn
- 2010 Performs filmed sell-out farewell show with Mostly Autumn
- 2010 Goes solo
- 2010 Gives birth to Drayke River Findlay-Loftus
- 2011 Unleashes ‘The Phoenix Suite’