I first saw Heather play at SMAF, back in 2006 when absolutely *everybody* dragooned her into playing djembe for their sets. Now we'll get to have her here, on our stage, singing *her* songs.
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More than a decade touring the U.S., Heather Aubrey Lloyd has brought her lush, passionate voice to every type of venue, from folk festivals and bars to bait shops and clothing-optional resorts. A recovering reporter, her songs drift from journalistic to deeply personal, each narrative offered up in her distinctive alto and layered over finger-picked guitar. On her 2010 solo CD, Samples, her voice is so compelling you only slowly realize how strong the songs are lyrically. Her sets are rounded out with a few pieces on djembe, the instrument that has earned her primal reputation as co-front for the Baltimore-based band ilyAIMY. Solo and with the band, Heather wields her wit and warmth from the stage to build a relationship with every audience. She’s backed and supported Dar Williams, performed as a 2012 Most-Wanted Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was a Lilith Fair Talent Search finalist.
"Voices this rich and emotionally hard-hitting - equal parts velvet darkness, barely contained heartbreak, and hard-won, unstoppable joy - don't come around often. Sing me the phone book, Heather Lloyd - I'll ask for an encore." - Pat Wictor (of folk supergroup Brother Sun)
Praise for her solo disc, "Samples:"
"She has a great voice - Not a bullshit, American Idol-esque, over-sing-because-it lacks-substance kinda voice. But a genuine, heartfelt, voice that is easy on the ears and she chooses to sing in a manner that serves the message of the song. And the best part of all is that her songs have a message." - Mike Bowers (VA musician)
"The collection on Samples, her first solo record, covers ... from the depths of depression and pain to the exuberant ... Her voice, which is elegantly controlled with a slight smokiness … is SO compelling that it might take a while before you become conscious of just how strong the songs are lyrically. It gives the album the special charm of an intimate presentation, as if she is performing just for the listener." - H. Stephen Patton, Driftwood Magazine
"Lloyd's voice has a powerful emotional and technical range, using everything from a delicate whisper to a bluesy growl to breathe life into the folk narratives." - Michael Duck, The Morning Call
"A pint-sized powerhouse of a singer." - The Washington Times