Creative folk artist and suicide prevention advocate, singer-songwriter, Heather McCready, is concerned abut the rise in depression, violence and suicide rates in America, especially among teens. Heather believes mood is influenced by music and vice versa. Driven by this concern, she released a very different kind of CD! Her 5th CD, "Bluebirdy", is not filled with the songwriter's own songs, (only the quirky title song, "Bluebirdy", is her own), rather it is an eclectic mix of uplifting favorite's from generations gone by. People may recognize these songs, but she and co/producer Milo Deering, have put an entirely new twist on them to be sure. They have taken old songs and brought them to our attention once again, reborn and like new. There are a few very imaginative medley's on the CD that contain song combinations that come as a complete surprise yet are a remarkably natural fit! A whimsical, peaceful thread runs throughout every distinctly different tune creating a cohesive album that's continually fresh!
When choosing the songs for "Bluebirdy", Heather said each song had to fulfill two very important criteria. She states, "The songs had to be uplifting and they had to great!". Of of the songs selected for the CD, however, was recorded in a very dark and emotional way originally, but gripped Heather in such a way that she kept coming back to it despite its not fitting her own criteria for the CD. But rather than abandon the song choice, she decided a cheerful arrangement would be an interesting and effective twist. Heather and Milo Deering's collaborative interpretation of "Smile", written by Charlie Chaplin and made famous by Judy Garland's powerful tearful rendition, became the simplest but perhaps also the most inspiring production on the CD. Complete with only the sound of Milo's guitar accompanying her, Heather sings a persuasive message of hope and sparks the flames of encouragement and resilience. Each of the ten songs on "Bluebirdy" is a charming individual, able to stand alone and with a distinct reason for making the cut. Remember the qualifier , "it has to be great!". Heather and Milo have never produced a CD without creating musical twists and turns and "Bluebirdy" doesn't disappoint. Heather is known for her limitless imaginative musical ideas and Milo Deering is uniquely capable of interpreting them and with a brilliantly skillful delivery. A creative genius in his own right as well as a true virtuoso musician, he played all the instruments on the CD (minus the cello and bagpipes) including guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle, pedal steel, ukulele, and banjo! Milo Deering, is a well- known studio musician, arranger and producer and a hero in the world of Texas music! He has played on literally hundreds, if not thousands, of CD's, commercials, television programs and movies. Read on to see his bio and visit www.HeatherMcCreadycom for much more on Heather, Milo and the band.
About Heather's musical teammate in the creation of "Bluebirdy", arranger/producer/ and studio musician, virtuoso, Milo Deering:
"There are few who can lay claim to being well versed in such a range of instruments as the pedal steel guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin and guitar; Milo Deering is one of those few.
Milo began playing when he was eight years old. His parents, both self taught musicians, gave him lessons on piano, ukulele and harmonica. He played guitar in various local bands throughout his junior and high school years. Following graduation he began a study of classical guitar under Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University. Milo taught privately for fifteen years while learning to also play pedal steel guitar, fiddle and mandolin.
Milo’s affinity for his native home of Little Rock, Arkansas and adopted home of Dallas, Texas is apparent in his musical style. Strongly influenced by a variety of music including traditional country, bluegrass and western swing, Milo’s gifted hand can be heard on many singer’s and songwriter’s albums, most notably Lee Ann Rimes, Jack Ingram, Steve Holy, Trout Fishing in America and Slim Whitman. Milo has appeared as a member of Blue Country (Ms. Rimes band) on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Grammy Awards, David Letterman, The Billboard Music Awards, Nashville Now, The TNN Awards and The View. As a member of Jack Ingram’s “Beat Up Ford Band”, he has appeared on Austin City Limits and was immortalized (albeit briefly) in the Sandra Bullock film Hope Floats.
As well as being the consummate session musician, Milo is also a creative talent in his own right. Working with Tom Faulkner Productions, he co-wrote and played the famous Motel 6 radio jingle (We’ll leave the light on for you!”) for which he received a Clio award. He wrote the score for the National Geographic special, The Snow Monkeys of Texas and has recorded several solo albums including the western-swing influenced, Swing That Music! and Milo Deering’s All Acoustic Christmas Jam Volumes 1 & 2. Milo has also collaborated with his singer/songwriter wife, Rachel, in their band, Ghostown, and released the CD, Rachel Goetz & Ghostown, to much critical acclaim. Together they performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival and received the coveted invitation to perform at the South by Southwest Music Conference two consecutive years. Milo performed for many years in the successful Texas band, Beatlegras, and has worked as producer and band leader for the hope inspiring, Ft.Worth native, Folk singer-songwriter, Heather McCready. Milo co-produced and arranged five full length CD's with Heather McCready.
Milo currently writes for several music production companies and his original compositions and arrangements are regularly featured on National Geographic, Good Morning America, Southern Living Presents, The Simple Life, The Ricki Lake Show and Celebrity Homes, and Dancing With the Stars among many others.