First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
50 School Street
HONEST, HEARTFELT, SOULFUL.
At first glance, Heather Pierson appears to be the girl next door – youthful, friendly, a little bit shy. At the seat of a piano or brandishing an acoustic guitar, however, she transforms into a world-class performer, baring her soul in a manner that leaves her listeners breathless and aching for more.
Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter,
arranger, bandleader, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to
rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s memorable, intimate, and cathartic live performances move seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity.
Heather is now finishing up work on her eighth studio recording, Motherless Child, scheduled for a late 2014 release. Recorded in rural Maine on an 1898 Steinway Model A in front of a live in-studio audience, this collection of inspired originals and renditions of blues and jazz standards promises to be her best release to date. In bringing a Dr.-John-meets-Dave-Brubeck sensibility to songs like “The Gumbo’s Too Hot” and embodying the very meaning of heartache in her Nina Simone-infused renditions of classics like “I Loves You, Porgy” and the stunning title track, Heather’s formidable talents as a vocalist, pianist, songwriter, arranger, and bandleader are on full display.
Throughout her colorful career, her eclectic skill set continues to propel her onto concert hall stages and into barrooms, coffeehouses, resort hotels, living rooms and churches. Her nearly non-stop performance schedule (with over 200 shows a year) speaks of her tireless work ethic and endless devotion to her crafts. Defying genre and classification and yet fully embracing all musical styles, Heather is an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. Her life’s work, she says, is to share her love of music and of life with others – one song, one heart, one mind at a time.
Kate Klim was five years old when her family inherited a piano, 9 years old when she received her first lesson, and 11 years old when an unsuccessful audition for the film "Life with Mikey" caused her to rethink her career as a movie star. This was fortunate, because the singer/songwriter the Boston Herald has called a "best best for folk-pop stardom" then turned to music.
With roots in Palatine, Illinois and Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Kate was raised on a steady diet of Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and John Lennon. Later on, her influences grew to include Patty Griffin, Jonatha Brooke, and Chris Trapper. Kate's musical success in her hometown led her to Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was here that Kate worked on her skills as a writer and performer, and became involved with the music community that had produced icons like Bob Dylan years before, and Tracy Chapman and Patty Griffin in the recent past. Within a few years of her debut as a singer/songwriter, she was opening for artists like Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Ollabelle.
Kate has been recognized by some of the country's premier songwriting contests. She won the 2010 Kerrville New Folk competition, and was a finalist in the 2005 and 2006 Mountain Stage Newsong Contests, 2006 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, 2007 Kerrville Newfolk Competition, 2007 Solarfest Competition, 2011 Telluride Troubadour Competition. She was also selected as a 2012 Emerging Artist by the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Many of the songs that received recognition ended up comprising her first release, and first fully-produced venture, "Up and Down and Up Again." The project was created with the help of renowned producer Crit Harmon (Martin Sexton, Susan Werner, Lori McKenna), and was dubbed a "gem" by Performing Songwriter Magazine, and its release prompted Kate to assume the role of full-time musician.
Her second release, "Kamikaze Love," was produced by friend, band mate and promising new producer Brian Packer, and included the songs than won her the New Folk competition and Emerging Artist title. A good marriage of her folk and pop sensibilities, its songs were featured on several TV shows, including the pinnacle of high-brow, intellectual social commentary: "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
Her third studio album, 100 Million Years, was released in the late summer of 2014. Kate describes this album as having “a little more maturity, a little more quirk, and a lot less heartbreak.” It is also, notably, her first album released since her recent marriage.
Kate will be touring in support of the album throughout 2014-2015
The 2014/2015 Season --
Tickets $13.00 unless otherwise noted.
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|Jan 3 ||
|Feb 7 ||Greg Greenway
|Mar 7 ||
Les Sampou (tickets $15.00)
|Apr 4 ||Girls Guns and Glory (tickets $15.00)
|May 2 ||The Rafters and Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli (Split bill)