Heather Rogers was born Heather Kim Rodriguez and grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. At four she began studying piano, singing and writing. While still in elementary school she bought the classic Heart album Little Queen and began a love affair with rock music. Armed with the knowledge that girls can rock, she added that to her mirror and hairbrush repertoire and began digging through her older siblings' records in search of other classic rock gems.
Heavily influenced by gospel music she would sit on the front porch captivated by the energy of the music coming from the gospel tent revivals, which would set up a block from her house every summer.
Her first solo vocal performance was in 6th grade for a school event. From that moment she was hooked on live performance and began studying Ballet and Jazz, performing with her Dance team, often at UNLV Rebel basketball games.
In High School she was hand picked for the exclusive 16-voice High School pop vocal/dance ensemble Fame and performed regularly all over Las Vegas.
At fifteen she began to study voice formally in operatic, classical and pop styles.
She majored in Classical Vocal Performance at UNLV, dabbled in percussion, drums and piano and landed her first "professional" gig doing Singing Telegrams. Though this was starting at the very bottom rung of the entertainment ladder (well..almost) she got great experience performing impromptu, armed only with a kazoo and a siren whistle as different characters in various questionable locations: gas stations, restaurants, airports, bars, offices...
She was often seen showing up at University Choir rehearsals straight from a Singing Telegram still in costume, Carmen Miranda being everyone's favorite, complete with the fruit headdress. She performed as a classical vocal soloist, in Jazz Vocal Ensemble and as the lead singer of a Jazz-Fusion band called Desperately Seeking Fusion, with her own band and as a freelance singer with other bands (Johnny Clark, The Tribe, The Look, Newport, etc..) around the Las Vegas area for the next few years. Appearances including: The Shark Club, Fremont, The Dunes, Sam's Town Gold River, The Imperial Palace, Skinny Dugan's, Alexis Park, The Aladdin, Tramp's, Barbary Coast, The Maxim, The Fiesta, Buffalo Bills, The Luxor, Bally's and others.
She did a stint as a professional songleader for the Church of Christ Scientist in Boulder City, Nevada and for the Holy Family Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. Established in her church gigs, she began to be frequently requested as a guest gospel soloist at churches of different denominations all over the Las Vegas Valley.
During her senior year in college she landed her first gig as principal singer in a Las Vegas production show, Xtacy, at the El Rancho Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip where she also was commissioned to write the title theme finale for the show.
Upon taking an art photography class as an elective, she was offered and accepted a full ride ART Department scholarship from there going on to be artistic contributor, Board of Directors member and original recording artist for The New Works Project Dance Company.
She performed as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Once On This Island, The Wall, and Sunday In The Park With George in the Bally's and Tropicana Main Showrooms in Las Vegas for Golden Rainbow.
Other commissions and studio work include original lyric writing, music, vocals and voice over work for production shows, local television and radio commercials and for other original recording artists.
In 1996 she formed 70's-80's cover band FUNKYTOWN as a possible financial vehicle to start her original recording project and performed with it in Las Vegas until 1999. Between always training new members, choreographing the project, costume design, booking, and managing band politics, Heather realized she was no closer to starting her studio project than before. In 1999 faced with having to hire and retrain two new front girls, she dropped the name Funkytown and the 70's-80's theme and booked the band under her own name as the only front person, hoping to buy herself creative time, working the next two years in local venues such as The Luxor, The Venetian, The Maxim, The Gold Coast, The Barbary Coast, Bally's and others. But by late 2000 she still had not found the time she needed for her original project so she began doing freelance casual work (show up with mike, collect check, go home) and locked herself in the studio.
She released a 4 song EP in November 2004 in anticipation of completing a full CD. The EP has since been picked up by several INDIE national and international radio stations and podcasts and is currently featured on various websites for up and coming new artists.
I DANCE: Urban/World Beat music featuring legendary percussionist LENNY CASTRO
ONE COLOUR: Old School Funk meets Rock. Perceptive lyrics that define humanity and tolerance toward all people, featuring guest Gospel Rap artist EXCELSIUS.
THIS IS MY HIGHWAY: Alt Rock for those of us who travel that road from LA to VEGAS!
Recorded and Produced almost entirely in her LAS VEGAS studio, Heather recruited many of her talented friends and family as well as her kids Christian and Savannah on guitar and background vocals and her dog MAX on THIS IS MY HIGHWAY. Nothing will keep Heather from her goal of delivering her message of positive, sensual and unique music to the world; including knee surgery, musicians intent on creating their own reality series and a trip to the junk-yard to build the Car-Part percussion set for the unique percussion sound for THIS IS MY HIGHWAY.
- Written by TRACY SCOTT (Artist Management and Promotion)