A Fiery-spirit, Heidi Schwartz expresses pain and passion on her poignant debut record Firefighter. Heidi uniquely melds visual art with musical art as she creates an image for each song. This allows the listener to feel it both sonically and visually. With color and sound, Firefighter represents fighting the pain and the shameful things in the past in hopes of change. Like Heidi says in her lyrics on the title track, “I don’t know how I will ever let it go, I don’t know when the red will not show, ashes of the past linger damage I can no longer mask.” She continues with, “Fight for love that will put out the flames, be a shield when the sparks start up my pain.”
Firefighter is a highly personal record. Heidi deals lyrically with the skeletons in her closet from growing up with an unstable father and distorted family life. “I think it’s been a process for me, seeing what’s real and not real and not just sweep it under the rug,” says the singer-songwriter. This record helped her deal with it, mourn it and move on. “Art is a place to be honest about these ugly emotions that people don’t want to acknowledge. It’s a safe place to put it. It’s the ultimate metamorphosis to make ugly things beautiful.” And that’s exactly what she does on her brilliant debut.
After a grueling, yet productive 2 years playing her guitar on the road, the singer/songwriter returned to her home in Nashville to record her first full-length album. She recorded her heartfelt debut with producer Tres Sasser and acclaimed engineer David Henry. The result is a musical journey on life’s emotional roller coaster, beautifully capturing the depths of despair on the ambient “Great Depression” and the strength of restoration on the spirit-filled “Falling Down.” Heidi poured her soul into this record and delivers a full listening experience.
Each song on this record is a painting, but not just in the listener’s head. Heidi actually created a visual work representing each song. As an artist she is a songwriter, singer and painter. She combines all of her talents as she sees them as a whole. In her paintings, lyrics from the songs whirl through the work combining the visual art with her sonic landscapes. It’s a moving experience to listen to the songs and then see the paintings that they inspire. The artwork opens a different door into each song, expanding the album into a cinematic experience. Heidi explains why she merges the two arts, “I think very visually when I write. The illustrated lyrics help me compose the melodies. They fuel each other.” Firefighter confronts pain with passion and leaves one with a sense of hope in the midst of the angry flames of the human endeavor. For a closer look at this extraordinary artist visit her official website at www.heidischwartz.com.