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Another beauty from the honey-voiced Kropf  

- Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

LIGHTS

Dear Friends,

Due to current events I am taking a sabbatical from music. If you would like to support me during this time you can buy and stream the music or make a donation.  

With my deepest gratitude, Heather

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IN THE PRESS

Heather's voice is truly refreshing... she is one of the few natural singers that I've heard in recent years. 

REBECCA MARTIN, 

SINGER/SONGWRITER

Heather pens beautifully detailed songs, teaming them up with the area's best acoustic players.

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YEAR IN REVIEW

Kropf's words go beyond rhyming lyrics. They are poems put to music. Her voice soars with warmth, great tone, honesty, clarity and beauty.

TIM STEVENS,

PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE

 

BIO

If there's a constant theme running through Heather Kropf's music,

it's the search for real and lasting freedom.

 

~ Barry Alfonso, writer

From the start, there’s been a sense of possibility in Heather Kropf's work, of risks to be taken and longings to be fulfilled. Listeners have been drawn to her fine-woven blend of folk, jazz and pop as well as the bittersweet reflections and painterly imagery in her lyrics. Over the course of five albums and innumerable live shows across the East Coast and Midwest, she’s forged her own path while remaining remarkably timeless, with each twist in the road captured in song. If anything, her latest work has achieved a greater clarity even as she’s embraced conflicting polarities and paradoxes in both her life and art. 

 

Heather's latest album “Lights” explores themes of rejuvenation and loss, and coping with the increasing fragility of the world. It renders her evocative language and well-sculpted melodies with a richer, more luminous and sonically arresting pallet than previous efforts. "I wanted the music to be an exploration of expansion," she says. "What happens when we trust enough to go beyond what we already know?"

 

Heather enlisted producer/multi-instrumentalist Lex Price and cut tracks in Nashville with a hand-picked roster of musicians that included guitarists Tim Young and Joshua Grange, drummer Ian Fitchuk, and keyboardist Steve Moore. “I usually work with people I’ve previously met or worked with in the past,” says Price, “but with Heather, I didn’t know her at all. Once I was able to hear one of her songs, it was an easy decision for me. She was really open to new ideas and stretching herself.”

Combined with Heather’s soft-lit vocal delivery and evocative piano touch, the seamless ensemble playing on "Lights" brings out a nuance and depth of its material that is heartfelt and captivating. It beckons to others to embrace and share in an ongoing act of creation and to uncover the freedom she is constantly striving for.

"By being true to our own hearts we become a part of something so much bigger," Heather says.

Each song deepens in meaning, and deepens musically each time you listen....No fireworks though -- musically it's smoky and moody. The lyrics, and her singing, gain their power from understatement. As a whole the album is smooth and beautiful, and you can let those pleasures wash over you, but you'll also be rewarded for paying attention."

 

- Faith Schantz

MORE ABOUT HEATHER

Portland native Heather Kropf, now based in Pittsburgh, has forged a reputation as a talented, dedicated songwriter and performer, producing albums with attention to subtle and spacious detail. Her training in classical piano shines through as she deftly weaves Americana and jazz influences into indie pop songs. Her live shows are notable for immersing her listeners into a mesmerizing world that captures the complexity of modern life, the awakened soul, and romance. 

Heather's musical compositions have garnered acclaim from Pittsburgh press and airplay at over 60 radio stations nationally, including WFUV Bronx, KEXP Portland, KKFI Kansas City and WXPN Philadelphia. Her fifth release "Lights" was nominated for Top Entertainment + Media Project of the Year (2018) by the Creative Industries Network. She has shared the stage with Kim Richey, Chris Smither, Kate Davis, Eileen Ivers, Jill Barber, Bettye LaVette, and many more.

In recent years she has toured nationally with her two-woman show "We Know There Are Oceans" created with writer and performer Michelle Milne.

 

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