Heather Anne Lomax has spent the greater part of the past decade putting her own spin on the Americana and Country-Rock/Blues genre. Heather draws from the underbelly of human emotion, conjuring raw and oblique shades into her music that allows her to step into a deeply personal form of catharsis. It is through her music that she is able to draw out whatever love, pain or joy might be trapped within, materializing it into the real world in order to emancipate herself and those who hear her music. Above all, she hopes that her music can further inspire others to express themselves, “a vehicle of catharsis,” as she calls it.
Heather’s journey began in Kansas City, Mo., where she cut her teeth and was schooled in the Ozarks of Missouri, by her friend Annette’s family, how to play guitar. Alongside her partner-in-crime and good friend Cynthia, she would workshop her guitar playing and songwriting skills, all the while learning the art of old gospel and country music that had been handed down through the generations. She cites Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Elvis, Hozier and Maria McKee as pivotal figures who have helped shape her sound.
Heather Anne always knew that she was adopted, and finally after years of searching, she found her birth family. Heather discovered that she had been born into a clan both artistic and musical. Her cousin is the notable ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, her mother played a variety of instruments and even appeared on a Bob Hope Christmas special in the 70’s. Her grandmother performed on Broadway and her Grandpa Stan was an infamous disc jockey at powerhouse New York City radio station, WOR-AM. And so, ever the prodigal daughter, she returned to her original birth name, Heather Anne Lomax.
Of her latest release All This Time, Glide Magazine effused, “an album that dazzles with flawless execution and a tireless commitment to the music.” Americana Highways opined, “Heather Anne Lomax delivers an intense fusion of early rock ‘n roll, blues and Memphis Soul that should instantly captivate any fan of those genres. Heather’s single “Heart Don’t Lie” was featured in The Bluegrass Situation, and her single “Better Luck” premiered on the Americana network, Ditty TV.
he album was mixed and mastered with the sonics of Elvis Presley’s ‘Sun Sessions’ and the American Sound Studios ‘From Elvis In Memphis’ in mind. About the collection Heather states, “I am moved and inspired by the voice, life and recordings of Elvis Presley: especially the Sun Sessions and the American Sound Studios recordings. The Sun Sessions are like a jolt of raw electricity-there is just a feeling that you are present in those live sessions. The American Sound Studios sessions are a broad tapestry of sounds and styles of music that serve as a rich landscape for that award-winning record. There is a “feel” and “vibe” of recording a band live that I was looking to capture, and I believe this record captured that electricity.”
With Jason Hiller on production and mixing duties, Heather, alongside an electrifying team of renowned musicians, began to chip away at realizing her vision. The record features Zachary Ross, Ty Bailie, Ben Peeler, Aubrey Richmond, David Goodstein, Chris Joyner, Rob Humphreys, Rosa Pullman, Maesa Pullman, Ronee Martin, John “JT’Thomas, and Danielle Fife. The record was mastered at Lurssen Mastering by Reuben Cohen and Gavin Lurssen.”
Heather’s last record, Heavy Load (2014) was under her previous name, Michael-Ann. It won the Robert Oermann’s ‘DisCovery of the Week Award’ by Music Row Magazine in Nashville. She was also nominated as one of the Top 10 Americana Artists by Turnstyle Junkpiled and has received numerous in publications including American Songwriter, L.A. Music Examiner, Music News Nashville, and the U.K’s, Lonesome Highway.
A phenomenal live act, Heather has shared the stage with Wynonna and The Big Noise, Lee Ann Womack, Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Bridges, John Hiatt, Richie Furay, Don McLean, Judy Collins, Marshall Tucker Band, Joan Osborne, Melanie and Blood Sweat & Tears.