Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
Hi! I’m Heather Evans! I’m a Singer/Songwriter currently based in Columbus, OH.
I spent 5 years in Sacramento, California, a time that ramped up my music career! In my five-year West Coast tenure, I left my mark by founding the Sacramento Songwriter Circle a Music Showcase & Community. In addition, on the local front, I won the 2019 Sacramento Music Awards (SAMMIES) in the Singer/Songwriter category.
My music has been featured on CNN, MTV, FOX, NBC, FREEFORM, and more. Over and above all the industry recognition and accolades, my main goal is to spread positivity through music.
I also have a passion to mentor other musicians to live out their dreams of doing music!
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
I think the qualities that make me different and unique in the music industry is that I do everything DIY! Not only that, I’m not afraid to SHARE the knowledge I’ve learned over the years and teach others!
I am the creative director from the conception of a song to the photoshoot, to music video and I also do all of my own promotions!
I’ve also figured out how to break into the Music Licensing world (music in TV and films) which is NOT easy! This year I had a huge placement on a Promo for NBC’s new show La Brea and it felt so good to see my tenacity pay off.
It’s not been easy doing everything DIY, but I think because of that, I’ve been able to convey things the way I want and I love having that creative control!
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
The moment I realized I am doing what I was born to do was a series of moments actually!
This year I got a placement on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant during the birthing scene and I literally cried. Hearing my song I’ll Stay With You in that pivotal moment lit a fire under me that THIS is what I want to do with my life and music!
Then, my song Flame in the Night was the FEATURED SONG at the end of Teen Mom 2 and was placed on MTV’s Soundtrack Playlist and all of MTV’s social media!
All the hard work I put into my music was starting to pay off!
Then, I was invited to an “invite-only” music conference where you could pitch your music to music supervisors that work on TV shows, ads, and films! I pitched my music like nobody’s business and followed up with emails to 35+ music supervisors.
One of the music supervisors at NBC emailed me 3 months later and asked to use my song We’re Going Down in a promo for the new NBC show La Brea and I KNEW THIS IS WHAT I’M BORN TO DO!
Confirmation after confirmation led me to this point and I can’t wait to see what 2022 holds for me!
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
The biggest challenge for me was battling my inner critic. I call it “The Monster” and even wrote a song about it that says “don’t be so scared of the monster underneath your bed, the monster’s in your head…”
I had 2 really traumatic pregnancies and almost died through both. I felt like going through that, that I was done for and couldn’t do music anymore. I also told myself that I couldn’t be a mom AND do music… my monster was LOUD at that point.
I’m glad I didn’t listen or give up though! It took lots of healing and counseling before I picked up music again. Years later, I decided to release a 3 song EP, The Life EP, and some of those songs ended up on So You Think You Can Dance, Disney’s Fairytale Weddings, and Dancing with the Stars Jrs!
I also realized that my kids, Story and Trust, need to see their momma chase her dreams so they know they can chase theirs when they grow up.
Now I try not to let “The Monster” be the loudest voice in my head. Some days I’m better at this than others, but I’m doing much better than I once did!
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
The top 3 people I’d love to connect to are music supervisors like Lindsey Wolfington, Eddie Chavez, and Wendy Griffiths. I’d love to connect with them and get more music featured in TV and Film!