Heather Nova has been actively recording and giging for the last seven years.
In the time that has passed, she finds herself mentioned alongside the now prolific
list of female artists being promoted by record companies around the world,
but actually, belongs to the smaller more exclusive group that wholly write
their own songs. No hidden svengalis or producers to aid the recording process
nor interfere with the singer/songwriter craft.
As a person, Heather is as easy going as they come. As an artist, she is as
strong willed as they get. Seeing her perform live, is seeing her in control.
No world weary session musicians in the wings, the young and enthusiastic band
she has chosen provides the support for the one area where Heather does relinquish
control, to the emotion of her songs. In the two years since the release of
her stateside debut hit, Oyster, Heather Nova has logged over 300 gigs, proving
she can rock-out on stage as well as in the studio. She subscribes to a more
traditional understanding of the rock business; she garners fans and sells records
by playing as many gigs as she can fit in her schedule, not because of some
industry-contrived image. Usually singing with a full rock band, Nova occasionally
intersperses acoustic performances with a sole cello player as accompaniment.
Heather laments, "I feel there's this language of emotion that rarely
gets spoken. It's almost as if as you grow up you learn to lie better and better.
To be less real. Song writing is a relief for me, because I get to be completely