About Me

Heather began studying the piano at the age of six and picked up the violin at nine. In 1983 she auditioned for the Manhattan School of Music as a double major on piano and violin and was accepted on both, but was required to choose only one. She began as a piano major under Zenon Fishbein and after one year realized that though piano was her great love, she was more driven on the violin. Heather returned the following year as a violin major under Raphael Bronstein.
While at school she began to play in the subway to make money while collaborating with different blues and rock musicians. This was the turning point at which she began to explore improvisation on the violin. In 1986 she studied with Julius Lyonn Lieberman, author of The Improvising Violin and also joined the False Prophets, a well-known punk rock band on Alternative Tentacles Records.
In 1989 she moved to Tucson and soon after joined the Sam Taylor Blues Band. Sam has had a major influence on Heather's career as a mentor and friend and they continue to perform together. In 1996 she released her first solo recording, Violins, to critical acclaim on Trope Records. In 1997 Heather moved to New York where she started her own band, Lil Mama and in 2000 she released her second album, I Believe.
Heather is a member of The American Roots Orchestra, Tim Beattie's Big Dog Marble and The Amazing Incredibles. She freelances throughout the New York area where she is much sought after as a musician and vocalist with an original style that shows the influences of Claude Williams, Gatemouth Brown, Papa John Creach, and Jimi Hendrix.


Pictures at the Family House - Tom Mcgrath 1999

Tent Show Ditty - T.J Swan/Velvet Swan Productions 2010

Bardos - Mitzi Dasheya Cowell/Stella Jerome Music 2011

Redemption - T.J Swan/Velvet Swan Productions 2000

Monkeyshines - T.J Swan/Velvet Swan Productions 2011

Invisible People - False Prophets/Cargo Records 1990

Desert Soul - Sam Taylor/Trope Records 1994

I Came From The Dirt - Sam Taylor/Well Records 1999

Bluzman / Sam Taylor/Trope Records 1995

2nd and Goal - Woof 2000

Keca'm - Speed Dial/Motherwest Recordings 1999

Cactus and Concert - Stefan George and Songtower 1995

Til' Summer End - Bela/ Motherwest Production 2000

Keep the Blues Alive - Sam Taylor/Arcadia Music 1999

Gimme Some A Yo' Sugar - Lisa Otey/Owlsnest Productions 1999

Blue Angel - Lisa Otey/Owlsnest Productions 1996

Holdin' On Or Holdin' Out - Susan Gwinn 1999

What Divine Engine - Industrial Teepee 1999

A La Carte - Arm and Hammer/Blue Bikkn Records 1995

Affair Of The Heart - Smith and Rogers 1998

Thea - Star Pony Productions 1996

Big Dog - Tim Beattie/Tim Beattie Productions 1998

Whiskey Hill - Porter/Pete Fand Production 1999

Truth And Other Lies - Ron Pandy 2011

Lazy Day Sorrows - Tommy Fitzpatrick 2011

When Pigs Fly - Greg Morton 2008

What Did I Do - Cristina Williams/Tylia Records 2002

Blue Tears - Sam Taylor/Well Records 2004

The Biggest Dream - Back Alley Records - 2004