© 2019 HEIDI RAYE

ABOUT ME

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. I’d like to introduce myself to you in person and hope to in the future, but for now, this will have to do.

 

I was the last child and only girl born to the greatest parents, Dave and Joanne, and best older brothers, Jeff and Greg. I grew up on a hobby farm in the community of Dawson Creek, British Columbia. I began singing in church when I was 3, learned to play guitar when I was 12, and then began my curiosity with writing songs. I was obsessed with all things music and spent my entire childhood determined to be a star. However, in my senior year in high school, I received a scholarship to attend UNBC, which meant putting my move to Nashville on hold. I toughed out the 4 years of school to get my nursing degree, all while writing, touring, and making trips to Nashville. But when I got my degree in the mail showing I was an RN, I packed my bags.

 

October 4, 2010, I loaded up my Honda Civic and headed south.  I started knocking on doors, playing open mics and writers nights 7 nights a week. I wrote with anyone and everyone who would write with a green writer new to Music City.  After a year and a half of persistence, one big door opened. Erv Woolsey (who manages my hero, George Strait), signed me as an artist/writer to his management/publishing company. After 2 years of honing my writing skills and getting my artist career on track, I was dropped and found myself knocking on doors once again.  The office of legendary Hall of Fame songwriter, Harlan Howard, opened their doors and hearts to me.  I played my entire catalog to the amazement of Harlan’s widow, Melanie Howard, and she darn near signed me on the spot.  In the year and a half that I have been a staff writer at Harlan Howard Songs, I have written over 200 songs with Music Row veterans like Craig Wiseman, Liz Rose, Paul Overstreet, and Stephony Smith, to name a few.

 

In May 2016, in the midst of my long hunt to find the perfect producer to capture my quirky country style, Nashville’s finest producer, Chuck Ainlay, came into my life. I invited him to come see me perform at the Bluebird Cafe and much to my surprise, he showed up. We had a meeting a few days later and decided this was exactly what we both needed and put the plan in motion. July came around and I found myself at the prestigious Sound Stage Studio on Music Row, recording my EP with the A-Team of studio musicians.

 

Now here I am, starting a wild year, listening to my completed project. I am so proud of this EP and all the incredible people who contributed their time and talents to make it possible. I hope to be coming to your town and playing these songs for you live. I also hope to meet you, get a picture with you, and give you a hug, because it’s people like you who make this all worthwhile. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. See you soon!

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