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Daily Discovery: Heather Youmans, "Shine"

By Staff | November 2019

“With her sunny disposition, laid-back vibe and positive can-do lyrical sense, LA-based Heather Youmans is the essence of a Southern California singer/songwriter.  “Hold your head up / Honey let your hair down / Don’t you cover up who you’re trying to impress now,” Youmans sings in “Shine,” a one-take live and uncut video performance shot in the hills of Los Angeles. Accompanied by her husband, Jon MacLennan, on acoustic guitar, the video was filmed as a setup for her upcoming full-band studio record, scheduled for release in early 2020. “I wanted listeners to focus on the song and message with no frills.”

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PREMIERE: Singer-Songwriter Heather Youmans Reveals Latest Single "Shine" + Music Video 

By Ashley Friedman | October 2019

“In “Shine,” Heather kind of gives me that Carrie Underwood vibe the way she can take her pitch from high to low in a matter of seconds. At the same time, a touch of Kelly Clarkson shines through; the power behind her vocals is effortless and there is so much heart when she sings. Lyrically, I can’t help but compare Youmans’ “Shine” to Clarkson’s “Piece By Piece,” because of how strong the message is."

 

"The video was done in one take, it’s live, it’s raw and it’s brave; Nowadays, there are so many musicians that will pick away at every flaw in a “live performance video” that eventually that live performance feels scripted because, in reality, it’s the 15th take. This one though, although it doesn’t have extravagant visuals other than the absolutely breathtaking LA mountains in the background, is tastefully done. Alongside Heather is her husband, Jon MacLennan, strumming away on the guitar and admiring his wife’s beautiful sound."

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Women Crush It Weekend Crush: Meet Heather Youmans 

By Staff | October 2019

“Weekend crush is @heatheryoumans with her brand new video “Shine,” shot uncut in the hills of Los Angeles in one take! Girl got some skills! Head to our bio to check it out & stay tuned for Heather’s debut EP in 2020!

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Heather Youmans "Shine" Live Music Video Featured in Music Connection

By Staff | October 2019

“Here’s my new song “Shine” co-written with Maria Gironas and performed live in the hills of Los Angeles with guitarist Jon MacLennan with Lowerdeck Sessions. Hope it inspires you today  SHINE is everything I wish I could've told my younger self."

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Meet Heather Youmans in VoyageLA Magazine  

By Staff | August 2019

"I’ll be releasing two EPs within the next nine months. The first will include live performances of original music and covers from a show I played at The Hotel Cafe in May. The second will feature all-new original music produced by my husband. I’ve been releasing stripped-down, live music videos for some of the songs on YouTube. "

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Hotel Cafe Live Review in Music Connection 

By Benjamin Chapin | August 2019

"Overall, Youmans is an impressive singer-songwriter...The covers were tasteful, but there was a more emotive quality from her own music that revealed a deeper personality, and listeners will be tuned in for further exploration of this creativity. Especially in Youmans’ cover of “The Way I Am,” it is clear she is an artist who needs to be heard in person to be truly appreciated."

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Heather Speaks On SheRocks Panel in Nashville for Women's International Music Network 

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By Laura Whitmore | July 17, 2019

"Spearheaded by the Women’s International Music Network founder and She Rocks Awards producer Laura B. Whitmore, this panel of dynamic women in music will dig into the stories behind their successful careers and share tips and insights on what it takes to make it in the music biz."

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Exclusive Interview for WIMN

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By Leslie Buttonow | May 1, 2019

"Heather Youmans started her career as an entertainment journalist, a photographer, and a PR account executive, writing about and promoting artists and their creative tools. Like many people starting out, she kept her sights on working for one of her “dream” brands, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (better known to most folks as Fender guitars). Three years ago, that dream became a reality and Youmans now promotes Fender’s own artists and creative tools. In addition to spearheading many high profile campaigns, she also participates in activities that support and promote women in music."

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Heather Youmans at the TCL Chinese Theatre Premier of Paladin's 'High Strung' 

By Staff | March 30, 2016

Heather Youmans Walks Red Carpet at TCL Chinese Theatre Premier of High Strung 

By Staff | March 30, 2016

Youmans Heads to Hollywood

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By Heather Youmans | January 26, 2012

"This column is about my personal achievement: becoming one of 300 singers selected out of 110,000 contenders who auditioned in stadiums across the nation to become the next American Idol.

Today, as a performer, entertainment writer and avid contributor to the Daily Pilot, hopefully I can use my words to tell my story as effectively as I used my musical notes in front of the “Idol” judges, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, who all sent me to Hollywood a week after their unanimous decision."

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New Music Weekly Top40 Artist of the Year

By Staff | March 1, 2011

Heather Youmans named  Top40 Artist of the Year by New Music Weekly for 2010 and 2011.

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Heather Youmans Attends 'Flicka 2' Premier

By Staff | May 7, 2010

THEATRE REVIEW: Moonlight's '42nd Street'

By Pam Kragen | July 22, 2009

"Engstrom’s cast (with musical direction by Elan McMahan) isexcellent, with standout performances in all of the lead and mostof the secondary and character roles. And the dancing (always the highlight of any “42nd Street” production) is top-notch, not just for the creative choreography but for the precision synchronization of so many dancers -- the ensemble has a whopping 27 -- in the big tap scenes."

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THEATRE REVIEW: Welk's 'Annie Get Your Gun'

By Pam Kragen | September 3, 2005

"A sextet of young actors, many of them from North County, are double-cast in the roles of Annie’s younger siblings: Ashley Avan and Chelsea Moore share the role of Jessie; Heather Youmans and Kelsey Smith are Nellie; and Michael Drummond and Sterling Beaumon play Little Jake."

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Annie Get Your Gun at Saddleback CLO

By Staff | July 6, 2005

"Saddleback Civic Light Opera presents Equity Guest Artists Victoria Strong and Ron Slanina as Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, now playing through July 17, 2005. Sheryl Donchey directs and choreographs this hoop-hollerin' musical adventure, with musical direction by Lee Kreter, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a brand new book by Peter Stone based on the original by Herbert and Dorothy Fields..Featuring Heather Youmans of Vista, Mary Murphy-Nelson and Stephen Reifenstein of Westminster, and Jenna Eshom and Kris Huston of Yorba Linda."

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