New at Night – Heidi Raye

I was the last child and only girl born to the greatest parents, Dave and Joanne, and best older brothers, Jeff and Greg. I grew up on a hobby farm in the community of Dawson Creek, British Columbia. I began singing in church when I was 3, learned to play guitar when I was 12, and then began my curiosity with writing songs. I was obsessed with all things music and spent my entire childhood determined to be a star. However, in my senior year in high school, I received a scholarship to attend UNBC, which meant putting my move to Nashville on hold. I toughed out the 4 years of school to get my nursing degree, all while writing, touring, and making trips to Nashville. But when I got my degree in the mail showing I was an RN, I packed my bags.

October 4, 2010, I loaded up my Honda Civic and headed south.  I started knocking on doors, playing open mics and writers nights 7 nights a week. I wrote with anyone and everyone who would write with a green writer new to Music City.  After a year and a half of persistence, one big door opened. Erv Woolsey (who manages my hero, George Strait), signed me as an artist/writer to his management/publishing company. After 2 years of honing my writing skills and getting my artist career on track, I was dropped and found myself knocking on doors once again.  The office of legendary Hall of Fame songwriter, Harlan Howard, opened their doors and hearts to me.  I played my entire catalog to the amazement of Harlan’s widow, Melanie Howard, and she darn near signed me on the spot.  In the year and a half that I have been a staff writer at Harlan Howard Songs, I have written over 200 songs with Music Row veterans like Craig Wiseman, Liz Rose, Paul Overstreet, and Stephony Smith, to name a few.

In May 2016, in the midst of my long hunt to find the perfect producer to capture my quirky country style, Nashville’s finest producer, Chuck Ainlay, came into my life. I invited him to come see me perform at the Bluebird Cafe and much to my surprise, he showed up. We had a meeting a few days later and decided this was exactly what we both needed and put the plan in motion. July came around and I found myself at the prestigious Sound Stage Studio on Music Row, recording my EP with the A-Team of studio musicians.

Now here I am, starting a wild year, listening to my completed project. I am so proud of this EP and all the incredible people who contributed their time and talents to make it possible. I hope to be coming to your town and playing these songs for you live. I also hope to meet you, get a picture with you, and give you a hug, because it’s people like you who make this all worthwhile. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. See you soon!