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“The quality of musicianship and songwriting from Dallas-Fort Worth artists and bands is at its finest in years. The albums they are making are more than worthy of competing against major national label releases. These five Dallas record producers are at the forefront, having helmed sterling projects by Home by Hovercraft, Sarah Jaffe, Larry g(EE), Heather McCready, Old 97’s and many more.”
"Bluebirdy" is a cool album!
“The songs are sunny and positive with spare, melodic instrumentation.”
“Heather McCready makes music to calm the chaotic soul. The Arlington-based folk singer-songwriter zeroes in on lovely melodies, thoughtful lyrics and the comfort of uncluttered instrumentation. ”
“Heather McCready Teams Up With Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County to Fight Stigmas by Putting a Real Face on the Bipolar Label.”
“Heather McCready's song, "Sunshiny Day" is a semi-finalist for folk/singer songwriter category in the International Songwriting Competition.”
"ECT saved my life," folk singer-songwriter Heather McCready admitted in front of a crowd of 150+. "Two of my family members refused the treatment and died by suicide." The crowd listened in stunned silence, but I knew Heather's story. Folk Singer-Songwriter Heather McCready We'd connected a year before at one of my talks. I felt proud, another solid example of phenomenal results with ECT.
“Arlington folkie puts her distinctive stamp on a bunch of standards, plus "And The Angels were Singing!" penned by McCready's father, Billie Hanks, Jr.”
"The delicate purity of fiddle, mandolin, cello, dobro and tin whistle elegantly dances with the resilient sturdiness of drums, banjo, upright bass, and acoustic guitar. Then the voice comes in, a wistful and lovely instrument. The lyrics are thoughtful, displaying a whimsical and deeply spiritual nature. That's Heather McCready..."
“Local Singer-Songwriter talks about living with mental illness in her songs....Singer-Songwriter, Heather McCready performs and excerpt from her song "Pray it By", from her Neverland album.”
"Music soothes her soul and shines light on dark days" ....Her passion to erase the secrecy and stigma around mental illness merged with her passion for music..Singer-Songwriter Heather McCready of Arlington grew up keeping the family secret of mental illness.But after treatment changes her life, she resolved to be more open."
"Heather McCready is a remarkable talent whose singing voice is the perfect mix of class and clarity. On her latest EP, 'Give It A Day', Heather sings her heart out and gives us an album teeming with grace. "Sunshiny Day" is a sweet and simple song that Heather's voice really shines on, making it the perfect way to open the album. I can easily hear this playing over the speakers in Starbucks while I'm sipping my Caramel Macchiato enjoying the morning sunshine. This song is a winner. The EP's title track, "Give It A Day", is absolutely my favorite song... What's remarkable about this song is that Heather is a treated and functioning bi-polar survivor, making it that much more special and awesome. I know what song I'll be listening to when I'm feeling a bit obsessive over something I can't control. Thanks Heather!... Heather McCready is a real artist with real things to talk about. I'd recommend this one to anybody who appreciates real music" .
" Heather McCready's song, " Give It a Day" is addicting!"
" With her Crystalline pipes reminiscent of Emmylou Harris Heather McCready has released three CD.'s " “I was very impressed with her songwriting and singing,” Deering said in an e-mail. “Heather has a very good harmonic sense and understands how tension and resolution can help convey the emotion in a song. We put that to good use as we worked up string and vocal arrangements.”
“With her beautiful pipes and impressive instrumental skills, McCready is the kind of talented singer-songwriter that deserves any accolades that come her way.”
“Heather McCready Made the Coverof Buddy Magazine! "Heather McCready, Why Did She Wait So Long?" See the cover and read the entire article soon to be published on Heather McCready's website, but available now at stores! (ex.Guitar Center.) ”
“Heather McCready and Summer Ames at Poor David's Pub Arlington's Heather McCready mixes together folk, country, bluegrass, Celtic music and even some classical overtones and somehow manages to still sound simple. And that's a good thing: With her beautiful pipes and impressive instrumental skills, McCready is the kind of talented singer-songwriter that deserves any accolades that come her way. The gal has released three albums since 2009 and the most recent effort, Give it a Day, may well be her best one yet. Sharing the bill with her tonight is recent Kirtland Records signee, singer-songwriter, Summer Ames.”
"Give It a Day a brilliant CD that is filled with well crafted songs that are recorded and arranged beautifully! .. loved the arrangements and playing. the title song, Has a nice groove. Loved the acoustic fingerstyle part!Overall, Very tasty playing and strong vocals... The world could use a nice positive message like this..We couldn't choose a favorite song and willrecommend the entire CD."
"This a brilliant CD that is filled with well crafted songs that are recorded and arranged beautifully.. Loved the arrangement and playing. Has a nice groove. Loved the acoustic fingerstyle part. Very tasty playing and vocals!"
“TEXAS SINGER-SONGWRITER HEATHER MCCREADY RECEIVES NOMINATION FOR A HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD.. “Neverland” has been recognized as a nominee in the music genre under the Americana/Roots category. The awards ceremony is set for November 18, 2010 at the Kodak Theater in the Hollywood & Highlands Center in Hollywood, CA. Through creative lyrics “Neverland”, takes it’s listeners on a whimsical journey into an imaginary world where “never’s never true”. The song is an artistic achievement in music with it’s hypnotic melody sung in Heather’s distinctive, angelic voice coupled with beautiful harmonies and a rich rolling cello part surrounding the acoustic guitar in the fantastic string arrangement written by Milo Deering. "The Hollywood Music in Media Awards recognizes and honors the music of visual mediums, the talented individuals responsible, the music of independent artists from around the globe.." .”
" Many of you played Heather’s track on the last sampler. Here’s a haunting ballad with a lush arrangement featuring the cello and Heather’s pure voice. Think Mary Black with Yo Yo Ma. More is coming soon from this prolific Texas songwriter."
"Heather is My American Idol!"
"Finally Free" is the 2009 follow-up for McCready and, like her first, the title track- a secular song in the country/bluegrass vein about being carefree- is one of the two standouts. The other is the track "Scarborough Fair". That song s a "tribute" to the original Paul Simon song, which is new lyrics by McCready with some of Simon's tune mixed in. The arrangement (By Milo Deering, who does most of the arrangements on McCready's albums) is gorgeous. Speaking of gorgeous, that describes McCready's voice!" (4 out of 5 stars!)
"Without a dobt Heather is one of the talents I count one hand that I have ever had the privelege to work with. After 30 years in the music business (and with a name like mine), you can only imagine the artists who have crossed my path. If Joni Mitchell and Allison Kraus planted a farm, the seedlings would surely be Heather McCready."
"Her voice,lyrics and accompaniment captivate the senses and pour into your very soul."