Heather Thornton has been singing, writing, and performing her own music since the age of 12. She began her professional music career in 1999 as a singer for hire, and released her first solo album “Don’t Forget about Today”. Heather went on to be the vocalist for several different bands, until she released her second solo album, “Open Road”, in 2006. This was a major turning point and she performed steadily at just about every Kansas City venue over the next few years, gaining much respect from the public and her peers as “the real deal”.
Heather’s performances are honest and powerful. She has a dynamic stage presence, a soulful and polished vocal style, and an incredible ability to connect with her audience. In 2009, she produced and recorded her Christmas album “Merry Christmas to Me!” The title track is a fan favorite and this collection of music has become a holiday tradition in households across the US.
She collaborated with Saunders Street Records for her 2011 release, “Obvious”, which was submitted by a member of The Recording Academy for Grammy consideration in 16 categories. This highly acclaimed album crossed genres and demonstrated Heather’s wide vocal range. In 2014 she founded Heather’s Art Garden to create music, literature, and art for the young mind. She formed The Art Garden Band to present her original children’s music, and found an illustrator for her children’s books. The band is working on their first album, “The Earth is a Beautiful Place”, and she is raising funds to release her first book, “All People are Beautiful”.
Heather’s highly anticipated album “Working for a Living” is scheduled for release April 27th, 2015. She wrote, produced, and recorded everything except for the piano at her private studio. This album has a bit of a retro feel to it and Heather says it is her favorite one so far. Her history in Jazz, R&B, Doo Wop, Blues, and Pop can be heard all throughout this energetic, original music. Heather reunited with Andy Oxman, who recorded her 2006 “Open Road” for the piano and mixes, and she features long time band mates Bree Plaster, Brian Ruskin, and Jeramy Johnston on these recordings.
Heather Thornton is a prolific songwriter, a visionary, an entrepreneur, and an inspiration to all those who know her. A true artist, she is already working on several other projects.