Heidi Raye is starved for attention; she has been since she was a small child growing up in the remote farming community of Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Heidi told her Mom at 5 years old that she didn’t know where Hollywood was, but she needed to be there. Her sights redirected to Music City, USA when she discovered her love of singing and writing songs at an early age and has been singularly focused ever since.
After obtaining a four year Nursing degree, (as she promised her parents she would get an education before running off to Nashville) Heidi loaded up her Honda and headed South. She realized early on that her nursing skills were put to better use by playing guitar and singing for those who are sick and suffering. She began volunteering with a program called Musicians On Call, which brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients. She enjoys her opportunities to sing for the patients and staff at Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital as well as the VA Hospital affiliated with Vanderbilt.
“In 2012, I got my big break, or so I thought at the time. My dreams of working with my idol, George Strait, began to take form when his manager, Erv Woolsey, signed me as an artist/writer. In 2014, I was dropped and devastated, but giving up wasn’t an option” she recalls. She began walking up and down Music Row, handing out her home made CD’s of demos to every publisher in the business. “I made 109 CD’s of my favorite 5 songs and handed every single one out by hand, just like in the good old days.” When nothing came of her hard earned efforts, Heidi picked up the phone and cold called the publishing company she had her heart set on; Harlan Howard Songs. “I kept calling and leaving messages until Melanie Howard finally and reluctantly agreed to meet with me. It was borderline harassment” she laughs. Fast forward nearly 2 years later, and Heidi has written over 200 songs as an artist/writer for the publishing company of Legendary Hall of Famer, Harlan Howard.
In July 2016, Heidi and Melanie teamed up with Grammy, CMA and ACM Award Winning Producer, Chuck Ainlay, to make a 5 song EP. “Chuck and I had great chemistry in the studio. He truly is amazing and I loved working with him and getting to record at Sound Stage with the A-team band; it was literally a dream come true” says Heidi.
After five years of honing her songwriting and performing skills, and hundreds of songs in her repertoire, Heidi is ready to hit the road in support of her new five song EP titled “Worth A Shot.” “It’s been a long country road to get to where I am today, but the journey has made me a better, tougher person.”
“I sin on Saturday and ask for forgiveness on Sunday. I like to have fun but I love to work. I’m a driven girl who thrives on getting the job done, no matter the task. I have no backup plan. Music is the plan, all day every day. I hope to see you on the road soon and hope you love the music we are putting out!”