Award winning singer/songwriter Kiya Heartwood’s music is described as “soulful confessions, political broadside and a wicked groove.” Over the years, the different incarnations of her music have taken the flavors of Reggae and Rap (Radio Cafe), Roots Americana (Stealin Horses), Folk Rock (Wishing Chair), and now as her solo career begins to ramp up (again), we see the culmination of 30 years of honing her craft.
With over a hundred original recorded songs to choose from, her live performances are never stale or recycled. She happily draws from her past, and channels it through her present. Much like a good curry, the blend of spices Kiya infuses into her songwriting and performance bring a complexity and diversity that can’t quite be labeled or boxed in.
Heartwood’s recently released solo album, Bold Swimmer, is garnering rave reviews from serious music aficionados. Bold Swimmer was produced by Mark Hallman who works with artists such as Eliza Gilkyson, Ani Di Franco, and Oasis. Richard Marcus calls it, “a damn good album,” and Lane Gosnay says Kiya “delivers keen lyrical folk sensibility through a rock n ro
ll power grid.” Kiya makes her happy home in Austin, TX.
Austin singer/songwriter/guitarist Greg Whitfield has a long history as guitarist for Kevin Fowler (Beer, Bait and Ammo, High on the Hog, Live at Billy Bob’s, Loose, Loud and Crazy), Walt Wilkins (Vigil), Bonnie Bishop (Long Way Home, Soft to the Touch, Live at Magnolia Avenue), George Ensle (Live at Studio 1A, Build a Bridge, Small Town Sundown), Pauline Reese (Pauline Reese, Trail to Monterrey, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), Wake Eastman (Against the Grain) Devon Heath (Give It To Me Straight), Autumn (Sugarcane), Byrd and Street (Love Broke the Fall, Then and Now), and Fred Fuller (To Sing Once Again). In addition to being a fixture in the Austin recording scene, Greg Whitfield’s songwriting continues to garner accolades – his song “You Don’t Laugh Anymore” won the prize for best inpirational song and his song “I’m Yours” took top honors in 2009’s Austin Songwriters Group Song Competition. His debut cd GW combines rich vocals, layered guitars and a skilled rhythm section including Mike Rieman (bass), Ken Johnson (drums), Artie Passes (steel guitar), and Jack Gaskin (fiddle). His Live Set cd, recorded at KUT-FM’s studios features many of the same players and a wealth of newer material, and his “Alphasongs” cd for children has sold thousands of copies and is used by primary teachers in classrooms throughout the country. In 2010 Whitfield released “Live at Lakewood Bar and Grill”, a collection of new songs recorded in Dallas at the legendary Dallas venue.
No stranger to the live stage, Whitfield has performed at Live Aid, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Austin City Limits Festival, and has shared the stage as guitarist for Walt Wilkins, Tina Wilkins, Kevin Fowler, Ryan James, Bonnie Bishop, George Ensle, Pauline Reese, Rusty Weir, and Ray Price.