Artist Interview with Jazz Singer-Songwriter Heather Rigdon
Posted on 23 February 2017
Today, we have an amazingly talented jazz singer-songwriter with us- Heather Rigdon. Being a self-professed 'late bloomer', Heather started her career later in life but that didn't stop her from pursuing her passion for music. If you're a fan of smooth jazz and easy listening, you're in for a real treat with her artfully worded music sung in her soulful voice. Let's hear about Heather in her own words.
Personality Type (Myers-Briggs): ISFP
Favorite song: Leon Russell “Song for You”
Favorite artist: Leonard Cohen
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Favorite Color: Baby Blue
Favorite season: Fall
City of your dreams: Positano, Italy
Favorite TV Show/ Movie: Movie: Some Like it Hot
Favorite book or writer: Blindness by Jose Saramago
Most underrated artist, in your opinion: Peggy Lee
2. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Both. I don’t sleep much.
3. I love your album Young & Naive, especially the title song. What inspired you to write and record this album?
Thank you! I love Young and Naïve as well. We, Clifford Goldmacher and I, recorded the songs as we wrote or came across them over a 7 year period.
The song Young & Naïve interestingly enough was written when I was dating a much younger man who made a lot of promises that I didn’t take seriously. We are still together, raising a daughter with another one on the way!
As for the album itself, I feel it covers a wide range of emotions and ideals of love largely due to the fact it covered a 7 year period where I was rediscovering and reforming my own ideas about relationships and love.
4. How would you describe your ideal day?
Being woke up by a curly headed toddler who wants to crawl in bed and snuggle for another snooze button or two. Barefooted breakfast making in the kitchen. Lazy laughter, music and puzzles in the living room then off to the park on a crisp sunny fall day to get the wiggles out. Midday nap, babysitter at 7:00 and date night begins.
5. Which one of your songs is your personal favorite?
I’ve always loved “Young & Naïve” …still my favorite co-write with Clifford and Tom Kimmel.
6. What is the best compliment you’ve received as a singer/songwriter?
I was told once that there’s an honesty in my delivery that is open and accessible. I like that.
7. You describe yourself as a ‘late bloomer’. Do you have any advice for other late bloomers who want to pursue their passion?
Give your best to the day that you are given and opportunity will find you.
8. What did you do before you became a full-time recording artist. How did that influence you as an artist?
I have actually never become a full-time recording artist. I have always taught children with special needs or alternative learners while pursuing music on the side. I think it’s helped me stay grounded and has also kept me looking at the world with a fresh perspective.
9. Do you have any other projects in the pipeline? When can we expect to hear more from you?
Recently, I’ve had the honor of recording background vocals for some amazing artists: Kaleo, Foy Vance, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), The Weeks, and Lou Berry.
As for my own music, we are always writing and creating and always welcome the opportunity to release it into the world soooo.. I guess sooner than later we should have some new music.
10. Thank you so much for doing this interview with us. Do you have a message for our readers?
Make your plans. Do the work. Be flexible with the outcome.
You can buy Heather's Albums on iTunes. (Click on the album photo)
You can also listen to her on Spotify