Ten years ago, Anne Heaton began performing solo and making her own spot in the folk rock world. Since then, Heaton has won dozens of folk awards, created three albums, and played in over 1,000 shows. All of this work was after she had already taught children in Chicago’s projects how to play music, sung in the Grace Congressional Church’s Choir in Harlem for years, and toured through Europe as the lead vocalist in Max Roach’s band. She’ll be playing preview songs from Blazing Red, her upcoming album, at The Living Room on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.
Although she has been playing piano since she was three, she decided to write and perform music for a living after she first heard Peter Gabriel’s “Us.” Though their music sounds nothing alike, Heaton wanted to have the same effect on people that Gabriel did. Her writing influence comes from fellow pianist and singer/songwriter Tori Amos—her lyrics are about the human soul, wanting to be a mother, and losing yourself in love. Heaton’s words, mixed with pop hooks and piano-led melodies, keep the audience listening and to pull them into her world. Sometimes playing with a string quartet, she will be backed by a full band for this performance although she will be singing and playing piano solo for some of her songs. Amos should be proud of her influence on this young talent.
The Living Room is at 154 Ludlow St. NYC. Ages are 21-plus. Tickets are $10 excluding a $5 suggested donation for the artist and drinks. For more info, go to anneheaton.com.