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Singer/Songwriter - Nashville Recording Artist - Heart for the Broken
Heather Layne is a Recording Artist and published songwriter. Her voice and songs can be heard on Country Music Radio, in the U.S. and overseas, including the UK, France, Australia, and Germany. She has been invited to perform on world stages, including the 2010 AA World Convention in San Antonio, TX, with over 60,000 people in attendance.
"When my life hit bottom over a decade ago, I felt lost, confused, and wondered why I was even breathing. But at my lowest point was where I discovered I was a songwriter! I'd never been taught how to write songs... and all these songs just started coming because of the pain I was in... songwriting became my therapy and my connection with God.
As far back as I can remember, I have always LOVED singing. I sang all the time as a youngster (I'm sure I drove my parents crazy!)... I knew just about every song on Country Radio in the 70's and 80's, as well as those 50's and 60's Rock/Pop hits on my mom's old albums. But life can take its toll after a while, and sometimes what we're meant to do in life can bring the most heartache and pain. I quit singing for almost 10 years in my young adulthood, a result of getting made fun by listeners and friends. It was a sad time in my life... and I take full responsibility... It was my fault... I chose to listen to the negative voices in my life, instead of listening to my own heart. I was also suffering from scars and buried pain from severe abuse I endured earlier in my teens, and I struggled to find my identity. When my life hit bottom in my late twenties, a friend of mine invited me to a 12-step recovery group, and for the first time in a long time, I felt like I had a glimmer of hope. I realized I was here on planet earth for a reason. I also realized God wasn't mad at me, but rather, He loved me, He wanted to help me, and had a plan for my life. As I began to get real and face the pain in my past and present, one day at a time, I began to discover a new purpose for my life. The leader of this 12-step recovery group asked me if I would share one of the new songs I had recently started writing. I was scared beyond words, but I sang my heart out one night in front of about 150 people. I became the Music Leader at that 12-step recovery group in Central California, and a dream that had always existed in my heart... to sing and play guitar... became a reality. God was restoring what I was meant to have, and I realized I was born to do this! I've been playing and singing at 12-step recovery programs (i.e. Celebrate Recovery), rescue missions, Teen Challenge events, coffee houses, fairs, music venues, women's events, and churches since 2001. I have been amazed to see God bring hope and encouragement to others' lives through my songs... the very songs that have helped bring tremendous healing to my own life. In 2014, we (my husband, Dennis, who is my road manager, drummer, and has also worked the 12 steps for his struggle with alcoholism), continue to share our lives and music with others. We are truly grateful and living proof that broken lives and broken people can be restored... there is always hope when God is on the scene."
Heather's song "Close Your Eyes" was officially released nationwide and overseas in September 2010. It is still receiving airplay from Country Music Radio stations world-wide, and at one time was playing over 2000 times per week in the United States alone. "Back Roads" was released as a single in the Spring of 2011 to the UK, and landed at #20 on the Country Music Charts. Heather's music can be found on her website, under the "Store" Tab, iTunes, and Amazon.com.
Check out Heather's song "AMAZING GRACE"... inspired by stories from female inmates who have endured the shame and regret of prostitution.
Heather Layne's music reflects her life journey...
"I write out of my own life experiences... I also write songs about the lives of those around me... we all have a story. I believe music has a way of expressing the thoughts and feelings of thousands of people at one time, in one song. For me, that's what songwriting is all about... taking life's ups and downs and creating a song that can encourage someone else. We all need to know that we're not alone... we all need to know that there is someone out there who understands."
"Heather Layne is a gift to the Body of Christ. Her message and music has become a bridge, helping those who are broken to find healing. Her ability to minister hope to both the church and the secular is real, candid and refreshing." - Pastors Bruce and Dori Bannister, Hillside Christian Fellowship, Hollister, CA