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Singer-songwriter Havilah Rand fuses jazz blues and Americana to form a style that is pure emotion founded on groove-infused melodies. Lyrically poignant, Havilah’s songs cut to the heart and inspire the soul while her lush vocal styling lingers in the ear long after the show has ended.
Havilah began writing songs at age 5 when her parents took in a stray piano to live on the bottom floor of their small apartment in Plainville, CT. She spent her teen years studying voice at Interlochen Arts Academy, Manhattan School of Music and the jazz stages of the East Village before giving in to the call of the gypsy. Like any good songwriter, she boarded a train from New York City to the west coast, where she quickly found herself in the thick of grunge era Seattle fronting pop-rock band WISH. Finally, in 1996 Havilah discovered the guitar and began her journey as a solo singer-songwriter releasing her first album Superfarmhouse in 1997 and her fifth one “A High Wave” only last week.
A resident of Austin for the last 7 years, Havilah has served her community not only as a musician but also as an educator. Combining a passion for creativity and self-expression with 5 years of middle school teaching at Austin's most challenging campuses, Havilah has developed songwriting workshops and camps for young people that build self-esteem, motivation and literacy skills. A certified yoga teacher, Havilah also provides workshops and trainings for adults that unleash creative intelligence through body/mind/spirit alignment and awareness using yogic principles and practice.
Finally, Havilah has teamed up with songwriting powerhouse Darden Smith and his Be An Artist Program which builds creativity and motivation through songwriting in public schools.
Havilah recently celebrated the release of her new album “A High Wave” which is available online at Itunes and Bandcamp.