True to the tradition of Indie singer-songwriter-performers,Heidi Swan, has been stunning audiences from Montana to Salt Lake, and from Elko through the Pacific Northwest. Heidi Swan alternates between the intimacy of solo shows when it's Heidi and her keyboard, the musical introspection of her duo performances, and the soulful, high energy rock of her eight-piece band called Soul Decision. Original material, and 'covers' the way they should have been done in the first place, are all part of the Heidi Swan experience. There's Rock, R&B, Blues, a smattering of jazz and, at times, a hole torn through your heart. Heidi's a story teller, and the stories are real. Growing up in Whitehall, Montana (look under towns too small to show up in your atlas), Heidi has been an avid music enthusiast since her youth. From a small town background, Heidi grew up with big dreams,and a big voice and talent to make those dreams come true. Heidi has an innate songwriting ability and an overwhelming drive to make music that matters. But Heidi didn't grow up in a thriving music scene like Seattle or Minneapolis or Austin - maybe that's why her debut CD,simply called 'Plain Words', sounds so different. 'Plain Words' isn't canned or packaged or slick. In fact, some of the songs are scary because the emotion is so bare-naked. Like Joni Mitchell, Heidi Swan plays by ear. Like Jackson Browne, her whole heart's in every single song. And like pneumonia, her first release has an infectious groove that will kick your ass! Because Heidi's base of operations is in Montana, she's left her mark in the best of Montana's classic rock clubs, coffee houses, jazz clubs and festivals. She's rocked out at the infamous LaHood Park in Cardwell, MT and the Lighthouse Festival on the coast of Washington. She's let her soul bleed in places like Big Fork's Marina Cay and at a special performance at the Olympics in Salt Lake. Heidi was a featured act for the annual Butte Jazz SOciety Music Festival - truly an honor for a rocker. She's sat in often with the well-known 'Mambo Kings', and several band members paid her back by playing on her first album, including bassist Dave Heidt, formerly with Canada's Victory Club, who also produced and recorded 'Plain Words.' Steve Wendell, talent buyer for 'Rockin the Rockies,' the three-day Montana music festival, calls Heidi ' A unique voice. A grown-up woman with heartfelt songs in an era of paint-by-number teen groups.' Who's Heidi Swan? She's a soul-stripper, pushing when the sign says pull, writing songs when everyone else is practicing scales, creating original music that matters, and making an impact where ever her dreams carry her. 'There's nothing plain about the feelings- saturated 'Plain Words,' says Heidi Swan Project bass player Jock Holmes. 'The CD is Heidi's diary.' This Montana State University graduate was a teacher once, but realized music was a stronger calling and has invested her all into her music, building a studio with keyboards, a full sound system, and recording gear, she's also independently financed her HoZone Production company and clothing line which you'll find offered at her live shows and on her website.
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