Finding the perfect gift for your daughter’s 15th birthday can be a stress-inducing experience for some, but for Scott Waugh the decision was a no-brainer. He bought studio time for his musically inclined daughter, Heather, so that he could listen to her songs in the car. Ten years and three albums later the adage father knows best has never seemed more appropriate
The result of Heather’s inaugural studio sessions was an independent EP release called Impatient Heart. Two songs from the album were licensed by MTV’s Laguna Beach, and before long Heather’s dad wasn’t the only one listening to her music in the car.
Since then, Heather Evans has performed throughout the Midwest, appeared alongside national artists like Jennifer Knapp, and written more than 150 songs. In 2008, she released her first full-length album, For My Generation.
To commemorate the release of her newest record, an eight-song EP produced by Rick May called Out of the Woods, Evans will be performing at Woodlands Tavern on Oct. 6, with special guests, Columbus 200 finalists, Mike Wojniak and the Castros.
“I’m really proud of this album,” said Evans. “I think Out of the Woods is a great collection of songs and I’m excited for people to hear it.”
Throughout her career Evans has also been an advocate for social justice. She’s performed countless benefit shows and has worked hard to bring awareness to human trafficking, an issue that affects as many as 300,000 women and children in the United States each year.
“Many of the themes from Out of the Woods are about this issue,” said Evans, “and about giving a voice to the victims who aren’t able to speak out for themselves.”