Woke Up More
Music fans often struggle with their growing desire to "personally connect" with an artist through their music. In a time when more and more artists seem to merely want to entertain us, artists such as Heather Lawson understand the power, connection and reality of music to all of us. Her songs are mirrored reflections of who she really is as an artist and most importantly, as a person. In her release, Woke Up More, this Nashville based artist provides an uninhibited view of her aggressive and passionate music. Her southern influences have melded with rock and blues stylings creating an exciting and sincere musical palette from which she poetically paints about the intellectual complexities and emotional simplicities of life and love. Those who evoke passion and sincerity from all genres of the music world are those held in the highest regard by Heather. Subsequently, her style has been influenced by an eclectic group of artists like Richard Marx, Linda Ronstadt, Sheryl Crow, Marc Cohn, The Manhattan Transfer, Cece Winans and Emmylou Harris. Today her music is woven with a cohesive guitar driven vibe that showcases her ability to honestly reveal the depths of a woman's heart in all it's tenderness and fierceness with a voice that is all her own.??With her unyielding musical sincerity, she has performed for audiences world wide. From her European debut in 1999 at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, to opening for Wynonna in 2002, and every show in between and since then, all television hosts, music critics, reporters and DJ's interviewing or encountering Heather on her tours are delighted by her genuine personality and extraordinary abilities to musically communicate. Many music industry leaders agree. To quote a few: Producer, Dann Huff (Faith Hill, Jewel, Wynonna), says 'Beyond possessing a great voice, Heather is a ... stylist. That's what sets apart great singers from good ones.' And Nashville session guitarist/producer, Biff Watson, amazed at first hearing her live show replied, "She is the real deal. Truly one of the most genuine vocal artists." There is an unleashed passion in Heather's vocal delivery that clearly comes from deep within. Her vulnerable communication combined with a strong driving musical foundation provides listeners with insight into her personal views and experiences. She wrestles with issues that challenge the heart and mind. In Something Deeper, she willingly sings about the difficult seasons in her own life where it would have been easier to give up on a relationship than to continue going through hard times. We see a facet of Lawson's unique character. Instead of complaining, she refocuses. She presents the concept that something more powerful lies within the heart of mankind that draws us toward a deeper understanding of real love. She questions. She redefines. Co-writing four of the songs on the album, Heather's penchant for honesty continues in songs like Freedom Train. "Freedom Train is a great example of the dichotomy of life," she says. "The only thing we actually have the control to change is ourselves, but that is the hardest thing to do." She presents the profound truth that "It's safer to stay in familiar pain, than to soar off into unknown peace." Wait A Little Longer is another poignant reminder. This one about the swift current of time. Her reflections about the brevity of life are a call to action to seize the moment, speak truth, heal, forgive and love instead of waiting in fear of the potential negative or awkward results. Heather Lawson is a truly interesting artist at an interesting time. In a world that has dramatically changed along with how we need to look at it, she is an artist who is candidly sharing her thoughts and feelings as a reminder that we can't let our world or our lives happen to us. We chose how to make them happen.