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Heather Edwards

How would you describe your music?

Pop/Rock; A collection of music featuring piano filled with emotion, memorable lyrics, infectious melodies, and a variety of styles.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

Besides being a pianist, singer, songwriter, I am the sole decision maker regarding my music.

Describe your gear.

"Steinway 1903B

Alesis "

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

I have definitely encountered scenarios where being female didn't work for me. In rock bands the guys lose their 'chic magnet vibe' if there is a female in the band. In Broadway pit orchestras, it is still definitely a boys club.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Not necessarily.

Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

I have received a lot of good advice from many different people over the years. Basically you have to have a thick skin, don't give up, keep practicing, keep listening to what the latest music is, expand your horizons, don't let technology get you down/overwhelm you, ask for help when you need it, you can't do everything perfectly by yourself so delegate.....the list goes on and on.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

When I was 6 1/2 years old my parents bought a piano. I was trying to play a song but it wasn't going the way I thought it should or wanted it to. I asked my Mother what the problem was and she explained that I had to take piano lessons. My Father was a high school math teacher and asked his students if any of them had a piano teacher that they really liked. One girl told him that she had a piano teacher and she really liked her and that is how my parents found my piano teacher. After my first lesson I ran to the piano once we got home and tried to play the song. I exclaimed to my parents that the piano lesson didn't work. They told me I needed to take more than one lesson and so I kept going back. Four months later I gave my first recital (playing at a fourth year level, which I didn't know was a big deal at the time). After that performance I was on Cloud 9 and knew that a pianist/performer was what I would be 'when I grew up'.

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