Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, bassist and actress Heather Youmans marries powerful, soulful vocals with raw storytelling – looking at honest life moments and emotions. "With her sunny disposition, laid-back vibe and positive can-do lyrical sense, LA-based [she] is the essence of a Southern California singer/songwriter" (American Songwriter Magazine).
She began her journey in professional theatre at 10-years-old and then music at age 13, after being discovered by Grammy award-winning producers. In years to come, she appeared on Season 11 of American Idol; was the opening soloist for an event headlining Sting and the late Natalie Cole; performed in professional theatrical productions across Southern California; and grew up in the studio alongside Grammy award-winning mixer Tom Weir and legendary, A-list session players.
In its first week at radio, her debut single “Girl To Change Your World” rated in the Top100 at Mediabase on the Top40 charts. The single went on to garner air time on Radio Disney and several other nationwide Top 40 radio stations. Through the years, she’s written and recorded original music for major motion pictures, including: 20th Century Fox feature film Moondance Alexander starring Don Johnson, Kay Panabaker and Sasha Cohen. Several of her songs are also featured in the movies Flicka 2 – alongside country music icon Clint Black – Marley and Me 2: The Puppy Years and High Strung, which premiered at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre and released in theaters nationwide.
Heather performs at Southern California venues (W Hotel Hollywood, The Hotel Cafe, The Viper Room, The Study, The Avalon, Dolby Theatre, Hotel Casa Del Mar) with her husband and guitar player Jon MacLennan, guitarist for Julian Lennon, John Popper of Blues Traveler and Steven Tyler. While continuing to perform and further her career, she records as a session singer and is writing and recording a new EP. “I’m so lucky to have found an outlet for my music at such a young age, but this music will represent the woman and artist I have grown to become in the past decade – through love, loss, pain, triumph and the beautiful moments life brings,” she says. With new music on the horizon, she’s now taking the chance to share her story – unfiltered and unapologetically.
Outside of the music world, Heather has appeared in films, television, national commercials, voiceovers for Disney, professional theatrical productions (see acting page for credits) and wrote on music and entertainment for Los Angeles Times Media Group and The Orange County Register, telling the stories of some of world’s most-respected musicians. She currently works as a PR and Communications Manager at global musical instruments brand, Fender.
For live performance dates and new music, follow Heather Youmans on Instagram @heatheryoumans