Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Rayleen Bennefield.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Before I ever tried writing my first song, I played fiddle in a few local Country bands including- Scooter Brown Band, Josh Fuller and Cody Johnson Band! I was motivated by seeing the local music scene to pick up guitar and eventually start my own band. I even dropped out of SHSU where I was studying Music Ed and had a partial scholarship on violin! I have been playing solo and with my band for about ten years now and finally released my first album late 2017 and followed that with a single that I recorded in Nashville- “Man Up.” We also shot our first Music Video this last year featuring my now Fiance!!! We’re getting married in November 🙂 He is the reason that I was able to afford putting out my album finally!! I have since had the pleasure of sharing the stage and opening for some very notable artists including Tanya Tucker, Aaron Watson, Gary Alan, Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, Sundance Head, Whiskey Myers… to name a few! For my solo shows, I have added a loop pedal allowing me to play guitar and violin simultaneously and I love to keep people guessing what’s gonna come next! Could be Johhny Cash, or Alanis Morrissette or even Katy Perry 🙂
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not at all, nobody tells you all the jobs you have to take on. I have to be my own manager, my own social media person, my own booking agent, my own graphic designer and photographer sometimes, my own merch salesperson, my own investor… the list goes on. Its just like starting your own business.. because it is your business! And there are plenty of daily struggles in that! I also have found that it is more difficult to get bookings as a female, and harder to get radio play! I’ve had a bar actually cancel my show because they decided that females can’t sell tickets… Without even giving me chance. I also suffer from chronic joint pain which was made worse after 2 different car accidents that were not my fault, so its harder for me to be able to play for long lengths of time, so that has made it hard to book certain shows and I sometimes have to say “no” when people ask for an encore. It breaks my heart, but if I have another show the next day I know that I have to save what energy I have left for the next night! I also have terrible allergies that cause me to lose my voice often and that’s no fun at all! It’s all so worth it tho!!
Please tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I’m a singer/songwriter from Houston, I perform 8-12 shows per month in Texas. I’m known for being a multi-instrumentalist with a unique sound and setlist. Upbeat, energetic show with several music genres.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Planning to release another Single Winter of 2019. Got several exciting shows coming up including Sept 26th- our first full band show at Big Texas Spring! Im getting married in November but not planning on slowing down with my music one little bit!!
- Website: www.HeatherRayleen.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherrayleen/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherRayleenMusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherRayleen
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