Singer-Songwriter/ Recording Artist
Real Life... Real Music
NEW EP "SHINE"
Heather Layne went back into the studio in 2021 and recorded "Shine", her second release in a year's time. "Each song expresses how I feel about staying true to myself and the dreams in my heart, staying true to God, and showing up for my life, everyday. People may not agree with how I live my life, or the decisions I've made over the years, but I've come to the conclusion that I'm the one who has to live my life and answer for it, and I have to be OK with who I am and what I'm doing. When I've gotten knocked down in life, I've always had a choice of whether or not I would get back up and try again. I think it's really important to never give up. I grew up on horses, barrel racing and trick-riding and trick-roping with the rodeo circuit. We were taught that if you fell off your horse, you needed to get right back up and try again. That was one of the best lessons I ever learned, and I've lived by that conviction ever since. It's my hope that others would be encouraged by these songs to keep trying, no matter what, and to live their dreams too. Life is short... stay true... always."
In 2013, Heather wrote and performed the theme song for Hollywood Short Film, "A Simple Choice". Her Radio Singles released nationwide include: "Close Your Eyes" (2010 - Country Radio, Jerry Duncan Radio Promotions, Nashville, TN); "Still Lovin' You" (2020 - College and Independent Radio, The Planetary Group, Los Angeles, CA); "Shine" (2021 - College and Independent Radio, Tinderbox Music, Minneapolis, MN).
Heather Layne’s songwriting began when her life hit bottom in her late 20's. She found herself broken and recovering from severe domestic abuse she endured earlier in her life. Her lowest point became a turning point when she surrendered her life to God, and wrote her first song. Songwriting was a way for her to work through the pain and scars in her own heart, and when people started responding positively to her voice and music, she realized she was put on this planet for a greater purpose. "I write out of my own life experiences... I also write songs about the lives of those around me... we all have a story. I believe music has a way of expressing the thoughts and feelings of thousands of people at one time, in one song. For me, that's what songwriting is all about... taking life's ups and downs and creating a song that can encourage someone else. We all need to know we're not alone... we all need to know there is someone out there who understands."
There are some notable Los Angeles-based musicians playing on Heather’s most recent EP's, including Kenny Aronoff - Drums and Percussion (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, The Smashing Pumpkins); Ed Roth - Keys (Annie Lennox, Will Smith, Peter Frampton); Chuck Wright - Bass (Quiet Riot), and Brent Woods - Production, Engineering, Guitars, Background Vocals (Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters). Also appearing on Heather Layne's newest EP, "Shine", is Gary Morse on Pedal and Lap Steel Guitars (Brooks and Dunn).
Since her Nashville radio release of “Close Your Eyes” in 2010, Heather’s music has taken her around the country, as well as overseas via radio and television. She has played on world stages and toured extensively over the past decade, encouraging people with her songs and story of overcoming life’s challenges.
TINDERBOX MUSIC REVIEW (May 2021): "Hello, Heather Layne, It's Jon at Tinderbox Music. I saw your name recently on a chart we follow http://collegeradiocharts.com. I looked you up and came across your release from last year, Best. Love. Story. Ever., and really dug what I heard! From start to finish this entire record is just absolutely fantastic. I am such a huge fan of this sort of lyric-driven, Southern roots-inspired, contemporary indie-rock sound that you have here; there's a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy here, and it's all fantastic! Of course, we can't talk about anything else until we discuss the exceptional skills you have as a songwriter. Writing a record full of love songs isn't exactly a new idea, but you're able to bring something really fresh to the table here with these incredibly intricate and ornate narratives you are capable of weaving so masterfully throughout this release... it's simply awe-inspiring. The opening track "Nobody Knows" is for sure the most obvious hit, but I think it's the closer "You Changed My Life" that was the highlight of the whole record for me. I'm really looking forward to diving deeper into your discography here soon, and suspect I'll be seeing your name pop up on these charts for a while!"