Singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist Anne Heaton has amassed awards and praise from critics, fellow artists and fans with her songs that are by turns “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). Her graceful, vulnerable, and sometimes humorous pop-folk songs have captured audience imaginations for over a decade.
Heaton has played the Sundance Film Festival, Lilith Fair (2010), and was a featured artist on the New York Times Music Podcast. Heaton has played numerous times on NPR and has shared the stage with some of her favorite artists including Sarah McLachlan and jazz drummer Max Roach. In 2012, she was invited to perform on The Cayamo Cruise as part of Winterbloom (featuring Antje Duvekot, Meg Hutchinson and Natalia Zukerman) with artists such as Keb ‘Mo and The Civil Wars.
On the heels of her most recent album, Honeycomb, on February 14, 2014, Anne Heaton releases Dora, a collaborative album of poems-turned-songs with poet Claire Clube. These poem-songs—visceral, ethereal, and set to a mix of singer-songwriter pop, classical and jazz/blues—explore a woman’s relationships with her world and the emotions of divorce. Tragically, in summer 2013, not long after sponsoring a young child in Kenya and just before this album was to be released, poet and collaborator Clube died in a plane crash with her daughter, Bess. “I know she wanted to share these songs with people, and she was a person who lived her life so fully and fearlessly that’s what I’ll take with me,” says Heaton.
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Awarded Finalist, Runner-Up, and Honorable Mention in the 2002 John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Most Recently, Libby won the 2003 Lady Sixstring songwriting competition. Libby was a finalist in the 2003 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival,. finalist in the Fall 2002 Lady Sixstring songwriting competition and Winner of the 1999 Telluride "Troubadour" songwriting and performance competition, Libby Kirkpatrick is an extremely powerful and refreshingly original singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist, stunning audiences with her wide vocal range, serious command of dynamics, award-winning lyrics and sailing voice.
Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Libby Kirkpatrick began playing classical piano at age 3. At age 14, deeply moved by the musical era of singer-songwriters in the 1970's, she switched to acoustic guitar while immersing herself in the artistry of Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Neil Young and Rickie Lee Jones. Drawn by her adventure-seeking desires as a nomadic youth, Libby left home to live as a minimalist overseas in India and in Thailand, and then busking in Ireland where she began writing her first original songs. She then returned to the States to live in Boulder, CO where she began performing professionally for the first time in 1995.
Spending her next several years touring folk venues, befriending and commingling with the Jamband Circuit, and honing her musical crafts, she began developing solid regional followings along the west coast, southwest, and northeast. In 2001, Libby took root in Austin, Texas where she now resides in between tours.