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Shades of Heather in Nashville

Heather Dickson

Heather Dickson

A West Wemyss songstress has travelled to the heart of country music to record her debut album.

Heather Dickson recorded ‘Eventually’ at the Midtown Studios earlier this year and is now looking forward to sharing her sound with audiences in Scotland.

The 38-year-old, who moved to West Wemyss a few years ago from Dunfermline, explained that she’s been singing since she was a little girl.

She said: “I have been singing on and off throughout the years, I’ve been on the circuit and done some TV work as well with Sky. But I think I was trying to find my own personal identity.

“I’ve always been interested in all different genres of music. I was encouraged by one of my friends to get in touch with a lady called Terri Sharp.

“I got introduced to Terri through social media as friends wanted me to hear her songs. A friend said to me I’d be able to nail her song ‘Eventually’. And that’s how it all started.”

In March Heather flew to Nashville to record it with producer Rick Durrett.

She continued: “The Nashville thing was absolutely amazing. I was out there for two weeks and we did the album in five days. I was in the studio for 12 hours a day, it was really tiring and I was exhausted by the end of it.

“I didn’t know who the session musicians were going to be before I went, but there was little me from Scotland recording with some top class musicians - Steve Turner, Dolly Parton’s drummer; Chris Losinger, who has worked with many artists including Garth Brooks; Mike Chapman, who also worked with Garth Brooks , Ronnie Godfrey and backing singer Kim Morrison.

“There was also a piper, from Nashville, David Goodman, whose grandfather was from West Wemyss.

“I wanted to incorporate the Scottish and American together and put my own essence on it. I think this album is a really good mix of alternative country, country pop and country rock.

“There’s also the essence of Scotland in it that I’m really proud of.”

Heather will be hitting the Fife stage on Saturday for one of a number of Scottish dates in the next few months.

She will play at the Gilvenbank Hotel in Glenrothes.

Heather explained: “I’ll do covers but I will throw in some of my own songs from the album to share them. I hope people will get behind me with this.”

For Heather her music is her full time job and she’s busy performing every weekend.

She’s now looking to put together her own live band for touring and is also hoping to support other artists in the future.

 

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