Heather McClelland Releases New Single “China Mind”

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and harmony connoisseur Heather McClelland has just released her debut EP ‘China Mind,’ a four track-package that showcases her incredible vocal work and delves into soothing atmospheric and acoustic sounds. Available now, this is an ambitious piece of work that culminates her impressive musical journey so far.  Listen here

Steeped in rich musical heritage, Heather has an array of global influences that span from an early age. From performing with her family at an Irish Busking Festival at the tender age of 6, she’s taken on board sounds from around the world and her work goes as far as vocal harmony trio The Sugar Sisters on BBC Radio 2 and at the Royal Albert Hall, to supporting Mad Dog Mcrea across Ireland. Her unique ability to blend an eccentric and diverse range of influences hasn’t gone unnoticed and now she’s released her debut EP ‘China Mind.’ On her journey so far and the EP itself, Heather added:

“After many years of collaborating and performing, this EP has felt like my time to find my voice as an artist. Harmonies and lyrics are my main musical loves and I wanted to make these both an integral part of ‘China Mind.’ The songs were written in a time where I was dealing with the anticipatory grief for my mother’s loss following her cancer diagnosis. This was also the time I met my now husband and had a child, and the contrast of finding love in the tides of loss was a very intense chapter. I felt like I was in another world and I wanted to find ways of using words and vocal textures to create a landscape and invite others into my journey.”

Featuring a blend of strings, synths, percussion, guitar and her signature euphoric vocal style, the four tracks; ‘China Mind,’ ‘Can’t Be Enough,’ ‘Here Again’ and ‘Oceans Part’ destroy genre boundaries from start to finish. With a mix of folk, electronica and acoustic, this is a stripped back musical voyage of dulcet tones and infectious melodies delivered to an outstanding level. Raw, emotive and dreamy, ‘China Mind’ kickstarts a promising 2020 for the UK-based singer.

Heather spent three years in Brazil studying music and performing with some of the biggest Brazilian names in the business.  After appearing at Festinho, The Royal Festival Hall and Favela Chic, as well as collaborating with beatboxer Bellatrix, Wah Wah 45’s Stac and Submotion Orchestra, she returned to the UK to strip everything back and explore her own musical elements of folk and electronica.

Produced by Steve Lovell (Julian Cope, Blur) and Taz Modi (Submotion Orchestra, Matthew Halsall), Heather also plans to take her studio sounds to the stage, with an EP launch gig scheduled at St James’ Church, Islington on the 13th March. With a full band and support from Seaker, tickets are available now: https://www.pinkbirdrecordingco.com/product-page/pink-bird-live-13th-march-2020

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