Heather Mae - "I Am Enough" Tour
Doors at 7:30 pm
Music at 8:00 pm
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It is rare to find an artist who startles your senses on many levels, engaging the part of your brain that makes you shake your hips, but also raise your fist in solidarity. Heather Mae does just that.
An imaginative lyricist with a powerhouse voice, Heather Mae is forging new ground with her newest albumdue to be released on June 10th, 2016. Entitled I AM ENOUGH, the collection is dubbed a KickStarter Staff Pick, as it smashed through its $15,000 fundraising goal, and has earned early praise by FLURT Magazine as ...every bit appealing to the ears as it is empowering.
With producer Mark Williams (Suckerpunch Recording Co.) at the wheel, the collection of five songs is a bold breakout from her former years as a folk singer-songwriter strumming a ukulele. Mae breaks ground in I AM ENOUGH not only for her interesting indie-pop sound, but also for her musical take on touchy subjects ranging from LGBTQ discrimination, gender stereotypes, body image, and mental health issues. This is what sets Mae apartshe seeks to write music for those that need an anthem and doesnt shy away from tackling topics not often heard in pop music.
The title track to her new album, I Am Enough is an ode to body positivity and breaking away from self-imposed affliction to fit into what society defines as beautiful. Wanderer and No Poor Soul are reflections of Maes own experience of publicly coming out and the relief associated with finding love that accepts you just as you areexternally and internally. Stand Up wraps up the entire record with its challenge to listeners to fight against intolerances that so many of us face, such as racism and sexism. Mae includes references to the Black Lives Matter movement and the June SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage which destroyed DOMA.
It was the silence that changed me. After I was told I would never sing again, I realized I hadnt used my voice for good. I was too afraid to put myself out there and be exposed. Its one thing to write about love, its another thing to write about loving your partner - who is a woman. Before I had lost it all, it wasnt worth the risk. Now I realize it can be taken all away in a second, so I better step up. This record is a platform for change. Pop music with a mission.
Mae graduated in 2012 from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, and directly afterwards she embarked on her first project entitled "One Year of Songs. The collection was an ambitious project which involved writing and recording one song every day for a year. The record received local and national attention as she toured the country in support of the project. The Washington Post wrote, Maes songs are charming even outside the context of the original One Year of Songs project and popculturez.com noted that the album was beautifully written, engagingly crafted, and accomplished in execution.
As her star began to rise, Mae was diagnosed with nodules on her vocal chords. With her future suddenly in limbo, she was forced to re-evaluate her career and life. It was in the silence Mae realized she never got the chance to write about the issues that meant the most to her.
She vowed that she would recover and her new music would not only be different, but sincere and significant. In spite of some of her darkest days, Mae relearned how to sing. She took a step away from her previous folk-heavy style and her new sound is a unique fusion of indie-pop Tegan and Sara meets dynamic vocalist Etta James.
When people listen to my new music, my mission is that they feel theyre not alone and that theyre moved to rediscover the best versions of themselves, Mae says. Two years ago, I was told that the definition of who I was no longer existed. The thing that kept me going was the relief from knowing Im not alone in my brokenness. We all fail and it would be so much easier if we had more hands to help us up, rather than point out our flaws. That is what this record is. A humble hand to help you get off your a**.
Mae has been lucky enough to perform, work, open for, and study one-on-one with diverse talents such as Tom Paxton, Paul Reisler, Amy Speace, Ron Browning (Wynonna Judd), Beth Nielsen Chapman (This Kiss), Sarah Clanton, Rebecca Loebe (The Voice S1), and Paul Pfau (The Voice S8).
Mae will kick off her East Coast national tour for I AM ENOUGH in June 2016.
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