Heather Mae has always been a big girl. Big voice, big personality, and big body. Growing up in the suburbs of Virginia she didn’t know she was any different than the boys she and her older brother played with. It wasn’t until she and her family were forced out of their home and moved to the ‘other side’ of town that she realized she was different…and some people didn’t like that. And she was only 10.
So the story goes: She grew tough from the harsh words of her bullies but she found a love of music. As an adult, she feigned confidence. She’d sing her song, she’d cover up her curves she was confident no one wanted to see. She got by, by pretending. In the fall of 2012, she released her first record, One Year of Songs, which came after completing a year-long project where she wrote and recorded one song, every single day, for an entire year. But her love of music began to change and the bully in her mind became louder. The tours were consuming, the ticket prices were going up, and as long as she was getting paid – she didn’t care if the music was uninspiring. And then boom! In May of 2013, Heather Mae was diagnosed with a large cyst and nodule on her vocal chords and was told she may never sing again.
When you’re told you must stop doing the thing that takes up 95% of your life, you suddenly have a lot of time on your hands to realize the person you have become is not the person you planned on being. It was in this stillness she came to terms with her negative body image, her silent battle with depression, and her identity as a queer woman. She made a promise to herself: If she ever got the chance to sing again, she’d do it differently. She’d write songs for people just like her.
Heather Mae’s new record is titled I AM ENOUGH and she’s on a mission to change the world for the better.
"Before, with my last record, I would write hooky folk songs that maybe didn't mean anything to me or—rather—I wasn't so picky in terms of what I wrote about. I thought that if I could just get my foot in the door and be noticed, then I could help change the world.” She adds, “I've always known that I was meant for good. I have a loud voice. I should use it. With this record, I thought ‘no, we're going to change the world with my music, not the other way around.’" Her mission?
YOU ARE BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN
YOU ARE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT
YOU ARE ENOUGH
On December 1, 2015, Heather Mae launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for the production of this new record. On December 31st, 2015, she exceeded her funding and raised $18,000. She will be releasing "I AM ENOUGH" in the Summer of 2016.
Heather Mae lives in Washington, DC with her partner, Sarah Stuart (Video/Photographer: Sarah Stuart Studios), and their blind cat-child, Sallie. She is a voice coach, tours nationally, and will have coffee with anyone who asks as long as there are croissants. Say hello: email@example.com.
Heather Mae’s tracks