Hamilton, ON-based Heather Valley has unveiled a video for her single, “Lovejoy” from her upcoming album.
“Lovejoy tells the tale of my reunion with the love of my life, who turned out to be a con man. He came up to Buffalo and I drove down from Canada. We met in a tough neighbourhood called Lovejoy. Everything seemed perfect. It wasn’t until he was arrested at the border in front of me that it all unraveled.”
Check out the video below, and find out more about Heather in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Heather Valley and I’m not supposed to be doing this. I was a lawyer with a clear path but I fell in love with the wrong person and lost everything to a broken heart. Music saved my life. Now I’m a singer-songwriter based in Hamilton, Ontario.
I’m also the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for alt-rock band Another Crush, recently featured by Alan Cross for Global News and The Edge.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
This project reflects what is most deeply inside of my heart. The style is somewhere between indie, alt-country, and singer-songwriter, heavily influenced by the Americana story-telling tradition.
My songs tell the particular stories of what I have been through in my life, but they touch on emotional and existential themes that we can all relate to. I explore the question of what we can expect from others, and what we can expect from ourselves.
My biggest influence is Jason Molina of Magnolia Electric Co and Songs: Ohia, may he rest in peace. Pedal steel player Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner was a part of his band, and he collaborated with me on my forthcoming first record “Desert Message.”
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
This has been an exciting year for shows. The highlight so far was playing the Supercrawl Main Stage the same day as Rural Alberta Advantage and Bahamas.
Coming up, I will be playing a mini tour to celebrate the release of the record on November 22. I will be at The Painted Lady in Toronto on November 22, The Twisted Wheel in Peterborough on November 23, and The Casbah in Hamilton on November 24. More dates will be added, so keep an eye on my Instagram @heathervalleymusic, my Facebook artist page or my website for details www.heathervalleymusic.com
If you come to a show you can expect to hear me trace the very strange story of what happened in my life through hauntingly beautiful songs. Depending upon the night, you will see me perform solo, as a duo and with a full band. In some cases, you will see all three on one night.
The performance will feature my voice and the lyrics as a priority, because the message, as variously as it can be interpreted, is the most important thing.
When I decided to dedicate my life to music, it was to do what my favorite artists did for me. That is, to make others feel less alone in the world.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
The first song I would suggest is Lovejoy. It is the story of when I drove down to Buffalo to reunite with the man who I thought was the love of my life. It was a grand romantic gesture, with him coming up from Florida to be with me. Of course, I did not know the truth at that time. It would begin to come out when he was arrested in front of me at the border a few months later.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
My biggest Canadian influences are Julie Doiron, whom I adore, and Jennifer Castle, who inspires me tremendously. They are both incredible songwriters, musicians and live performers and I highly recommend them to your audience
I’m Jenna, the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be.
Canadian Beats has grown to become more than media, and what a journey it’s been.