Heather Maloney (http://www.heathermaloney.com/)
With "riveting music, an adventurous voice, and lyrics that cut to the chase", Heather Maloney creates an exceptional mix of indie rock and Americana, combining intricate melodies with dynamic musical arrangements. Critically acclaimed by SPIN magazine, the New York Times, Huffington Post, and the Boston Globe, this Massachusetts singer-songwriter is celebrating the release her 2018 EP Just Enough Sun. The six songs (five new originals and a cover of Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall") were recorded as mostly single-take, live performances. The result is a raw and vulnerable collection of songs that explore themes of loss, misogyny, unrequited love, poverty, and even the moral dilemma of sending monkeys into space for the sake of science. The daughter of a psychotherapist and a carpenter, Maloney's songwriting is thought-provoking—equal parts introspective and relatable.
New York Times' Val Haller calls her work "utterly gorgeous—visceral." Diffuser magazine describes her 2015 album Making Me Break as "unforgettable . . . a fascinating listening experience front to back—culminating in one of the most exciting records we’ve heard in a long time." SPIN magazine calls it "stunning, breathy, and starkly memorable . . . , masterfully done by Band of Horses and Avett Brothers collaborator Bill Reynolds. Sounds like Lucinda Williams and Nancy Sinatra taking turns on lead, with The Civil Wars as their backing band." The album's all-star band includes members of Band of Horses (Reynolds, Tyler Ramsey), The Wallflowers, My Morning Jacket, and the rising Boston quartet Darlingside. Upon the release of Making Me Break, Maloney landed on SPIN Magazine’s “Artist to Watch”, with enthusiastic reviews from other publications including Consequence of Sound and No Depression. The last song on the record, “Nightstand Drawer”, became Maloney’s first major television song placement on the CBS series Elementary.
A Signature Sounds artist, Maloney has toured nationally as a headliner as well as in support of acts like Lake Street Dive, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Gary Clark, Jr., Colin Hay, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and many more. In 2014 she collaborated with Darlingside on the Woodstock EP, a tribute to the Joni Mitchell-written / Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-covered 60s' anthem. The cover was featured on the New York Times and garnered attention from Graham Nash himself, who called the performance, “Delicious, really excellent.”
Raised on a record player instead of a TV, Maloney dug deep into her parents’ record collections for entertainment, obsessing over the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, C.S.N.Y., Bob Dylan, and more. So it’s no surprise that the folk, pop, and rock greats of the 60s and 70s found their way into her own music. With those influences as a foundation, and a strong dose of 90s radio hits (from women like Fiona Apple, Alanis Morisette, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and Mariah Carey), Maloney was forming her sound long before she wrote a single lyric.
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