Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Heather Kropf grew up in the Pacific Northwest. As a student of classical piano and fine art, her approach to pop songwriting is intuitive rather than schooled. Early influences included Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega and more recently Mindy Smith and producer Craig Street. She has opened for many artists including Bettye LaVette , The Weepies, and Chris Smither and has been a regular guest host of the popular AcoustiCafe Open Stage at Pittsburgh’s Club Cafe.
Following the release of her third album Hestia in 2009, Kropf was diagnosed with multiple illnesses and was unable to return to music in earnest until 2012, transformed in artistic vision and purpose, with a new collection of songs that eventually became her Kickstarter-funded fourth album, Chrysalis.
In every way Chrysalis speaks of a fresh start. Kropf pushes into richer sonic territory in new partnerships with co-producer Jeff Berman, a versatile multi-instrumentalist and composer, and recorded under the guidance of Grammy-winning engineer, Jay Dudt. Her intentional selection of musicians that span diverse genres — from the Pittsburgh Symphony to jazz session players to her Americana/folk rock and singer/songwriter peers — has been instrumental in deepening her signature sound of mid-tempo folk/pop that defies trendiness.
Since the album’s release Kropf has been performing frequently, recently opening for Kim Richey and Jill Barber, and showcased at Rockwood Music Hall for John Platt's (WFUV) "On Your Radar" music series. “I feel fortunate to still be making music,“ says Kropf. “Everything is a gift and nothing is guaranteed. I savor each moment I get to do what I do.”