Interview – Stephanie Heitz

I featured the song, No More Tears, by Stephanie Heitz in a round-up review and playlist based around jazz music. I liked her sound a lot and wanted to find out a little more – read on to find out how we got on!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled No More Tears, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song?

I lost my beloved father last fall and two days after he passed away, I sat down at my keyboard and poured my heart out over the keys with heartfelt lyrics, which I titled, No More Tears. It was such an emotional release and played a huge role in my grief journey. I truly hope it touches many hearts that are traveling the same road of brokenness.

You’ve also released a new song called More Than Enough. What can you tell us about that track?

My latest single, More Than Enough has a powerful message about self worth. It addresses the lies and negative self talk that can plague our minds every day. It’s a reminder that each person has the power to reject this negativity and proclaim that they are truly more than enough! I joined forces with a brilliant jazz trio from Germany by the name of Macanto and this song became a high energy, dance track during the production process. We released a captivating music video on YouTube as well, where the viewer can witness ice dancers from Poland doing a kind victory dance to this powerful message.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

I took full advantage of the down time that the pandemic created and looked at it as an opportunity to build a stronger music community. Some of these wonderful connections have even turned into musical collaborations!

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I can often be found in my music room being still, reflecting and creating. I feel like I wake up with new concepts and themes for songs almost every day. I keep my phone close by so I can quickly record melodies and lyrics when creativity strikes. Once I complete a song and I think it has the potential to speak to peoples hearts, I send a demo over to my producer to get his input. From there, the creative process continues to unfold and eventually culminates into a recording session and fully produced single. I have also worked on this very same process remotely with musicians and the only element that’s left out is the face-to-face interaction. Technology has made it easy for people to connect and create even when thousands of miles separate them.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

I pretty much always have some sort of project in the works. I currently have a single that’s already fully produced and close to a release day announcement and another that’s in production as we speak!

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

I actually just released an EP at the very end of 2021 called Covered By the Shadow. It’s a little collection of groovy, old school r&b originals that I had so much fun creating. Even though I’m having a great time writing singles, I could definitely see more EP’s or even an album in the future.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

My jazz musician grandmother was by far my greatest musical inspiration. Some of my earliest memories are the two of us sharing her piano bench bench harmonizing to classic artists like Etta James and Nina Simone. I’m a huge Stevie Wonder fan myself. He has such a natural way of making everything sound so groovy! I’m currently listening to and supporting lots of my indie artist, musician friends. There’s so much great music out there to be discovered!

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

I live in Midwest USA in Indiana. Although it has a small town vibe, it’s minutes away from a much larger city – Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is filled with cool music venues, incredible food, eclectic coffee shops, and friendly people. The music I’m creating is less influenced by my surroundings and much more impacted by my mood and what I’m going through. My goal has always been to fashion relatable music that the listener can connect to and realize they’re not alone.

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

I just stepped into a role at a wonderful community church serving as worship leader. This is definitely keeping my creative juices flowing. However, I’m hoping to line up a few live shows as well in the future where I can share more of my original material. People can expect to walk away feeling uplifted and encouraged after hearing my music & message. I try to keep things very authentic and want everyone to feel seen and valued.

Any last words for the fans?

I’m so grateful to the many people who have given my music a chance as an independent artist and simply checked it out. My message is always positive and real, so I hope that listeners will walk away feeling hopeful with a renewed perspective.