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Rob Heath's Bio

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Edmonton-based singer/songwriter Rob Heath is first and foremost a storyteller. Nothing human is alien to Heath; hence he has a keen eye for observance of the human condition and an ardent ear for putting it all to music.

Heath’s songs speak of the lessons- good and bad- he has obviously learned during his life. Emotionally, he resides in a borderless world. His songs run the gamut from: whimsical, sceptical, explosive, introspective, hopeful, heart-rending, brooding, clever, and at times simply about true love and all of them brutally honest.

The concept of being concise does not escape him, and he presents astute assessments of life in a three to four minute format. Delivery as well is succinct, and approach is what makes Heath’s vocals noteworthy. His phrasing allows the lyric to shine.

There’s myriad subject matter and musical styles, yet there is a tie that binds. It’s that Heath’s music is relatable poetry, supported by listener-stickable melodies.

The quality of Heath’s songwriting has been widely recognized. Over the years accolades for his songs have been many: won first place in the Calgary Folk Music Festival “Songwriting Contest”, won the New Folk competition at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival, and won a Canadian Radio Music Award for “Songwriter of the Year”, nominated for Canadian Folk Music Award’s “Songwriter of the Year”; over 200 radio stations on six continents have played his music; he’s been on songwriting panels for AMIA, WCMA and SAC; plus he’s had publishing deals with Glen Campbell Music, Don Goodman Music and Criterion/Atlantic Music.

The good news is, the best is yet to come, March 2 in fact, when Heath releases his fifth album The Trick, a treasure trove of timeless tunes. While the lyric content of the recording appears to be the soundtrack to Heath’s own life, his poetry reveals truths of the shape all our lives have taken in today’s increasingly complex world.

The title tune is arguably his finest work to date. The story take us back to youth, with the first chorus, “When you are young you see a trick/You think its magic”. The second adds this line, “But you grow up you see magic and you think it’s just a trick”. By the end of the teller’s life, the song, and the last chorus, it’s “But you grow old and you realize the magic’s everywhere/ The trick is just to see it there”. Brilliant.

On these new songs, Heath’s energized and unfettered. Musical depth and artistic creativity abound on this album.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT ROB HEATH

“Our audience was thrilled with Rob. He had us laughing and rapt in the very human stories his songs conveyed. The guitar players loved his playing, the songwriters loved his songs, and everyone thought his performance was top-notch.” - George Campbell, Music for the Wild Concert Series

“The ‘discovery’ of the conference for me was Rob Heath, an artist I was unfamiliar with. An understated performer, Rob puts across his powerfully moving songs, without histrionics, in a pleasing natural tone. The songs can be about very serious stuff, but Rob obviously feels no need for vocal or physical dramatics.” - Steve Dulson, President, FAR-West (Folk Alliance Region - West)

 

“His singing, guitar work and between song banter were great and his stellar songwriting really hooked our crowd, earning him an easy encore.” - Vic Bell (Artistic Director, Nickelodeon Music Club)

 

“His songs stir the soul and bring the emotions of the listener to the top of the pot and when Rob Heath sings, you pay attention to those songs because you just know that it's coming from deep within his own soul.” - Bill Werthmann, Northern Lights Folk Club

 

“Rob Heath not only writes emotionally powerful songs, he performs them live with an impeccable honesty that grabs the audiences attention form start to finish.  He never disappoints.

- Mike Bradford, Producer, Central Music Festival

 

" one of Alberta's most respected songwriters..” - Terry Wickham, Edmonton Folk Music Festival

 

"Rob is the perfect performer for a house concert – warm, engaging, and full of stories that he makes relevant to his audience. His great guitar work and unique song style had us in the palm of his hand all evening!" – Rose Brooks, Just Milton Folks

 

“Rob crafts his songs with uncanny insight and clever wordsmithing. When he sings, his hand-built guitar delivers intense rhythmical structure for his powerful voice to grab hold of your soul. His legacy is assured by his selfless support of young people learning the songwriting art.”

– Harold Wollin, Blue Chair Café

 

"Rob Heath is a very gifted songwriter who brings both experience and freshness to his performances." - Jolayne Motiuk, Producer Big Valley Jamboree Axe Songwriter's Workshop

 

"Solid singer-songwriter fare from one of music’s craftsmen. Warm, welcoming, comfortable, familiar even, seldom brash or edgy, plenty going on and a few wow moments that make your heart stop in wonder." – Maverick Magazine (UK)

 

 
 

Besides having well-crafted and intelligent lyrics, the songs are melodic, memorable and haunting in their sounds.
— Les Semieniuk, Calgary Folk Music Festiva
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Solid singer-songwriter fare from one of music’s craftsmen. Warm, welcoming, comfortable, familiar even, seldom brash or edgy, plenty going on and a few wow moments that make your heart stop in wonder. – Maverick Magazine (UK)

 

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