Born and raised on a West London council estate, Heather
battled with shyness and a profound desire to sing from
an early age. Captivated by gospel music's inspirational
elements and influenced by '70s reggae and soul, she joined
her first group, the blues and soul-tinged band 'HotHouse'
while still in her teens. Although their potential was never
fully realised, Heather had a fortuitous meeting with Mike
Pickering, a DJ at Manchester's famed Hacienda nightclub.
After hearing Heather's unique voice he persuaded her to
collaborate with a group he'd just formed. A group called
M People that would go on to sell over 10 million records
What marks Heather out as a unique talent in the producer-led
R&B environment or the teen-obsessed pop market is not
just her unique, weighty voice, but that her song writing
retains an inner strength. Although Heather's material is
steeped in the influence of stellar R&B names (Stevie
Wonder and Marvin Gaye, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Gladys
Knight and Mavis Staples), it communicates an emotional
feeling without encouraging a feeling of despair.
Since 'Proud' Heather has been spending time bringing up
her son as well as performing guest spots with the Snake
Davis Band and doing a few private shows. A duet with Michael
McDonald in Mexico in January 2003 for a private show was
one of the high points of her career.
More recently Heather has been working hard on writing
new material and recording songs for a new solo album. Her
appearance on the Parkinson show in April was the most highly-rated
episode of the season.