B i o g r a p h y
Heather Vidal began studying music in a classical setting as a vocal major and was a member of the #1 jazz choir in the country. Singing with the likes of Chick Corea, Sarah Vaughn, and other jazz greats, she perfected her skills with melody as well as harmony. But her passion for folk, rock, and blues led her into live performances in bars, festivals, house concerts, etc., as she realized music would become her career. After a three year tour with a successful rock band, Heather formed a duo called Copper Sky which lasted 25 years. Those years with her partner taught her how to connect on a personal level with the audience and entertain with both music and fun. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with several musicians in a variety of genres. Little did she know that by keeping her mind open to different styles, it would help guide her into her own songwriting. Along with her original music, Heather has an ability to interpret other writer's material while honoring the artist's message. She truly "herds the cats" and commands an audience by entertaining through humor and story telling.
Heather travels extensively during the year performing throughout the mid-Atlantic region, Ireland, Colorado, and Key West. She connects with people everywhere she goes with the help of her soulful voice and legitimate guitar playing. She has become a regular "house concert" performer throughout the U.S. which allows her to share her time and music with friends in a more personal and meaningful setting.
Heather's latest album entitled "Back Home" is dedicated to her cousin Jackie Elliott who lost her battle with breast cancer in May 2019. Jackie, a hospice nurse, became an inspiration to many because of her bravery and willingness to write about her experiences while living and dying with the disease. During her battle, she was inspired to co-write with Heather on three of the songs "Dented Man", a song about their grandfather, "Madrid", a town they visited together before her death, and "Lady Blue", a song about a woman who wore out from living a full life.
Being said, the album is intended to be upbeat yet address personal stories that confront adversity and angst. The music is soulful, thought provoking, and clever.