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In August of 2006, the Humphrey-McKeown songwriting partnership began between New Yorker, Heather Humphrey, and Chicago native, Tom McKeown. They started writing, not for any grand idea of fame, but simply to write and leave a legacy saying "This is who we are." Their desire was to blend their various individual musical influences into something neither had done before. Heather came from deep roots in musical theater while Tom grew up with progressive music's orchestration sensibilities. As a true musical partnership, they combined Heather's innate sense of melody with Tom's intricate arrangements to fulfill their quest to do something fresh and original. This is often accomplished with rootsy acoustic instrumentation in place of the "normal" rock band sounds. What could have been done on a synth or electric guitar may now be played on an Irish bouzouki, mandolin, mandola or banjo. What was large sounding is now smaller and what was insignificant is the now the cornerstone of their new sound. They’ve perfected this approach with the release of two CDs; "When The World Was Young" (2012) and "On My Way Home" (2013).