Heather Peace album release raises funds for Womankind
We were delighted when singer and actress, Heather Peace, decided to include fundraising for Womankind in an exciting endeavour, the creation of her new album.
Heather’s album, Fairytales, was recorded and released through Pledge Music, a website which helps artists and bands raise money to fund their releases independently. Heather chose to include a pledge of her own, the promise to donate 10% of the profits to Womankind Worldwide. Heather met her target in just ten hours and went on to receive many more pledges.
Heather has enjoyed an overwhelming response to her music since beginning to perform and record. She sold out a two week UK tour in the Spring of 2011, had sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London, and by Christmas had sold thousands of copies of her acoustic demo. Fairytales was recorded at the end of the year and released in May 2012.
Heather’s musical training began in church as a small girl in Bradford and she soon begun to learn the piano “It was the church bulletin that advertised free piano lessons from a lady called Ireleen Cockroft. She taught about 20 kids in her council flat who couldn’t have otherwise afforded to learn. She took me through all my classical grades. An amazing lady.”
At 18 Heather moved to Manchester for drama school, paying her way through her training with a Jazz residency at a bar on Canal Street. After graduating Heather’s roles in musical theatre allowed her to combine acting and singing before major TV roles pushed the music to the sidelines.
Heather, has starred in some of the UK’s most popular shows (Emmerdale, The Chase, London’s Burning, Lip Service) and she is currently filming for a new series of BBC1’s Waterloo Road, in which she plays teacher Nicki Boston. Heather continued to play music as a hobby throughout her acting career. “I was still playing and always writing, but it became the thing I did to relax when I got home from filming,” says Heather.
Described as “stunning jazz soaked piano melodies and pop guitar riffs”, Heather’s album tells honest stories of relationships and the trouble with believing in fairytales. “You can hear a little bit of the music I’ve always liked in the album, it’s quite theatrical, with a jazzy feel and I had to have a gospel choir”, says Heather.
The album is produced by Oscar-nominated Nigel Wright who has worked with many artists including Barbara Streisand, and Madonna.
- Listen to a taster of the album and order your own CD or MP3 of Fairytales through Heather’s website
- Visit Heather’s PledgeMusic page to see how it works
- Watch Heather Peace performing with Alison Moyet who joined her on stage during the Fairytales album tour.