Heather Bishop has always lived her belief that when she speaks and sings about the truth in her own life, it strikes a chord in other people's lives as well. For her social activism as well as her work in the arts, Heather has been awarded the Order of Canada in 2005, (the highest award Canada can bestow on one its citizens), the Order of Manitoba in 2001, and the YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 1997.
Heather Bishop started performing almost four decades ago in the all-woman dance band, Walpurgis Night, and has been going strong ever since. In 1979 Heather recorded her first album and began touring extensively, playing concert halls, folk clubs and campuses, major folk festivals and conferences, and school auditoriums across Canada and the United States. She toured solo or with one or more side players, doing concerts for adult, family and young audiences in major cities, small towns and remote communities.
In the spring of 2009 Heather released her fourteenth CD – my face is a map of my time here. For her recording, A Taste of the Blues, Heather was nominated for a Juno for Most Promising Female Vocalist. Chickee's On The Run!, her most recent of four children's releases, received a Juno nomination for Best Children's Recording, a U.S. Parents' Choice Gold Award (also awarded to A Duck in New York City), and a NAPPA Gold Award (the U.S. National Association of Parenting Publications). Heather Bishop Live received a Prairie Music Award nomination for Best Roots Recording. In 2006 she was awarded the Western Canadian Music Industry Builder Award.
In the 1990's, in addition to touring in Canada and the United States, Heather travelled
overseas to tour in Scotland and Wales and made several trips to Australia. She also had her children's repertoire arranged for symphony orchestra and performed with most of Canada’s major Symphony Orchestras as well as a couple of dates in the USA. In recent years, Heather has done concerts for such organizations as the Woodford Folk Festival in Woodford Australia, the Scottish International Children’s Festival in Edinborough Scotland, the National Women's Music Festival in Bloomington Indiana, Musaic Chorus in Victoria BC, MJG Productions in Toronto, New Folk Collective in Minneapolis, Frostbite Music Festival in the Yukon Territory and the Winnipeg and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras.
Before launching her career in music, Heather began as a visual artist, studying Fine Arts at the University of Regina and graduating in 1969. She began a love affair with oil paint and painted for the next decade before her musical career kept her away from her easel.
Fulfilling a promise she made to herself when her musical career took the driver’s seat, Heather Bishop recently returned to her easel and her first love, painting. Her first one woman show is scheduled for the fall of 2009 and her new CD contains a booklet of her art work.
Years ago Heather built a solar house on her property in rural Manitoba, for which she
did the carpentry, electrical and plumbing. In her time off the road, she's most often found there - hammering, sawing, wiring, planting, putting up one thing or pulling down
another – most recently building a straw bale retreat cottage. Or, if the squirrels have chased her away, she could be off in the woods with her dog, Cutter.
What the critics have to say…………
"In song and in conversation, Bishop's message is simple and unequivocal and urgent.
'We have to embrace a spirit of cooperation and self-respect. We have to exercise our
power to choose to live in a world of harmony'. Bishop herself represents the hope that
such a world is attainable by the very resonance other own voice."
Robert Reid, Kitchener-Waterloo Record
"Heather Bishop absorbs all life has to offer, imprints it with her compassion, her
tremendous optimism - and sometimes quirky humor - and then reflects it all back
through powerful lyric and music that could banish complacency from the
Anne Kershaw, Whig-Standard, Kingston
"... she transcends all the bins and artificial categories ... come to her concert and she'll
send you home with a glimpse of the prairie moon."
Muriel Hogan, Downtown, Milwaukee
"a strong raconteur, using both humour and pathos to full effect"
Steven Ostick, Winnipeg Free Press
"Bishop is confident, spontaneous and witty ... she could sing a Capella all night and
have the audience eating out of the palm of her hand."
Brenda L. Whitehall, Hamilton Spectator
"blessed with a sensational voice"
Helen Metella, Edmonton Journal
"a powerful Canadian singer-songwriter"
Scott Alarik, Boston Globe
"rich, lyrical politics"
C. K. Riese, The Pillar, Salt Lake City
"Songs are provocative poetic statements that cut deeply while retaining genuine
Kristin Faurest, Courier-Journal, Louisville
"a resonant, endlessly expressive voice that makes you want to both sing along and
weep at the sheer beauty"
Laura Post, New Directions For Women
"Don't let her honey-velvet tones fool you - she can belt 'em out as easily as she can
Bay Windows, Boston
Shiela Morrison, Xtra West! Vancouver
"...Versatility, sensuality, and wit. She's a voice that will take you anywhere you
want to go."
Nicki De, Victory Review
"Individually and collectively these are love songs for a planet and a people"
Most Recent Recordings
…my face is a map of my time here….
On the 30th anniversary of her first album, Heather released her 14th CD, …my face is a map of my time here… She has written a number of new songs and produced her first studio CD in 15 years. As a bonus, Heather has included a 12 page booklet of her artwork. Produced by Heather and her long time friends and colleagues, don db benedictson and Laurie MacKenzie, the North American release date is May 30, 2009.
A Tribute to Peggy Lee
A Tribute to Peggy Lee features the classic music of Peggy Lee. Heather Bishop, known as a gifted vocalist and songwriter, is also a sensitive interpreter of songs written by others. In this portrayal of a great singer’s life, Heather successfully captures the essence of Peggy Lee through her music, while skillfully weaving a vignette of Peggy’s life. She brings us all our favourite songs from almost four decades of music.
The world lost a wonderful voice with Peggy Lee’s passing. Heather Bishop breathes life back into the story of how one woman struggled against all life’s odds, and finally, fully answered the question “Is That All There Is?”
Heather Bishop Live!
Heather Bishop Live ... it's life affirming, spirit lifting, heartfelt, humorous and romantic.
It's choice classics, Heather originals, and selections from other contemporary singer-
songwriters. It's simple yet full, with resonant lead vocals, spicy guitar (electric,
acoustic, pedal steel and bass), playful and poignant piano, a steady underlay of drums,
and bonus back-up vocals on several tunes from some of Canada's finest singers,
Connie Kaldor and Hart Rouge.
Heather Bishop Live evokes different eras - from Patsy Montana's galloping Cowgirl
Sweetheart, to Doris Day's lyrical Secret Love, to Gene Pitney's yearning Take Me
Tonight. It spans many moods - from the hilarious, like a talking blues road song called No Bourbon Boogie or a techno-word-play titled Cyber Love, to the powerful embrace of All Is Well and the call to joy of Homeward Bound. It covers issues - from personal tragedy in The Letter, to spiritual aliveness in Sleeping Beauty, to growing older in Aging Grace.
From the Reviewers
About Daydream Me Home...
"moving and inspiring"... "Bishop is not only a gifted vocalist, her musical taste
combined with her natural empathy make her a sensitive interpreter of songs written
by other people."
Robert Reid, Kitchener-Waterloo Record
About Old-New-Borrowed-Blue ...
"... wonderful writers including Bishop, who contributes seven originals including
Ancient Cry, one of the best songs of this year."
Joseph Blake, Times-Colonist, Victoria
"a fine, well-rounded collection of Heather's superb artistry"
Maureen Jackson, Victory Review
Record Label: Mother of Pearl Records
Management: Joan Miller
Canada: Box 41, Woodmore, Manitoba ROA 2MO.