If there’s a constant theme running through Heather Kropf’s music,
it’s the search for real and lasting freedom. - Barry Alfonso
Fans of the singer-songwriter Heather Kropf have come to know her over the course of five album releases and innumerable live shows across the East Coast and Midwest. Listeners have been drawn to her fine-woven blend of folk, jazz and pop as well as the bittersweet reflections and painterly imagery in her lyrics. Her music creates an intimacy that reveals hidden vignettes of everyday experience and sudden flashes of insight. Over the years, she’s forged her own path while remaining remarkably timeless. If anything, her latest work "Lights" has achieved a greater clarity even as she’s embraced conflicting polarities and paradoxes in both her life and art.
"Lights" renders Heather's evocative language and well-sculpted melodies with a richer, more luminous sonic pallet. For this album, she enlisted producer/multi-instrumentalist Lex Price and cut tracks in Nashville with a hand-picked roster of musicians that included keyboardist Steve Moore, guitarists Tim Young and Joshua Grange, and drummer Ian Fitchuk. Combined with Heather’s soft-lit vocal delivery and evocative piano touch, the seamless ensemble playing on "Lights" brings out the nuance and depth of its material.
About the artist
Heather Kropf is a piano-based singer, songwriter, and artist born in Portland, Oregon and currently residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her musical compositions have garnered acclaim from WYEP Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and airplay at over 60 radio stations nationally, including WFUV Bronx and WXPN Philadelphia. Her fifth release "Lights" was nominated for Top Entertainment + Media Project (2018) by the Creative Industries Network, and was listed as a top Pittsburgh album by TribLIVE (2017). Some of these songs are included in her two-woman show with writer/performer Michelle Milne "We Know There Are Oceans." She has shared the stage with Kim Richey, Kate Davis, Chris Smither, Eileen Ivers, Jill Barber, and Bettye LaVette, and many more.
Her live shows are notable for immersing her listeners into a subtle and mesmerizing world that explores the complexity and beauty of modern life and romance from many angles, much as an artist would paint various studies of a still life.
When she isn’t making music and traveling, Heather is passionate about environmental wellness, Feng Shui (she is a certified practitioner), checking out live locally-made music, daydreaming, walking cemeteries and city parks, and hanging out with her two rescue cats.