Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, bassist, tap dancer 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, [she] is the essence of a Southern California singer/songwriter" (American Songwriter Magazine). Her music is raw, honest, emotional and influenced by a range of dynamic women in music, including: HAIM, P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple, Joss Stone and Donna Missal. In a unique, unexpected twist, Heather's music incorporates her love of tap dancing with hidden tap tracks for fans to find in songs like, SHINE. Youmans and her music have been featured in Parade, Los Angeles Times and Forbes Women where she was profiled as an inspiring woman in the music industry.
She began her journey in professional theatre at 10-years-old and then in music, after being discovered at 13. In years to come, she 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 engineers/mixers 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 (Staples Center, W Hotel Hollywood, The Hotel Cafe, The Viper Room, Dolby Theatre) with her husband and guitar player Jon MacLennan, guitarist for Julian Lennon, John Popper of Blues Traveler and Steven Tyler. When she's not performing live music or theatre in Los Angeles, she records as a session singer and continues to release new music. “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.
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. When she's not making music, you'll find her tap dancing or working with legendary global musical instruments brand, Fender, in PR and communications.
For live performance dates and new music, follow Heather Youmans on Instagram @heatheryoumans