One of the hardest things a person can do is share their art with the world. You start to second guess yourself once you release it. You’ll start asking yourself, “Will people enjoy my work?” If you harp on that too long, it can become a dangerous hit to your confidence and you may stop putting your work out altogether. Heather Rayleen has been working diligently to debut her first release, Falling for You after playing fiddle for artists such as the Scooter Brown Band and Cody Johnson. I’m a believer in being well rounded, and having a solid background in performing before going out on your own, is always a good thing to have.
What I observed with Heather’s music is that it’s not hard-core country and at times it flirts to the pop side of things. Her voice is undeniably powerful and packs a punch when she cranks it up. I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t want to hear more fiddle on these songs, but as an independent artist, you are given the freedom to make the music that you feel in your gut. And I respect the hell out of that. Sometimes the melody may sound different across genres, but the root of the message remains and is often similar.
Most of Heather Rayleen’s album revolves around relationships that failed to work-out (Way Too Long), realizing having been wronged (Should’ve Known), and realizing what you have (Not Letting Go). As a young songwriter it is important to focus on the subjects that have touched your life personally. Music is a form of art that you are both literally and figuratively trying to sell to people. If you spend too much time pedaling the wrong things, most listeners will be able to see right through it. With Rayleen, she is singing from the heart on these tracks. She cites her real-life relationship that she pushed away and later realized what she had. How many people have experienced something like that? It inspired Not Letting Go and she is able to sing passionately and direct it towards her boyfriend. You just can’t make that type of feeling up easily.
Talents such as Scott Brown of the Scooter Brown Band and Aaron Watson have tipped their cowboy hats in Heather’s direction when she released this album. It takes serious guts to share your first original works with the world, but having the recognition of some mighty fine artists is reassurance that you’re heading down the right path.
Heather Rayleen is taking the advice of Nora Roberts seriously and is well on her way to chasing her dreams. I can get behind that no doubt.
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