North Carolina-based Heather Sarona grew up in a small town in the Uwharrie Mountains where the tradition of folk music and bluegrass was an intrinsic part of the culture. At age 14 she found her dad’s old guitar in the attic and felt an immediate kinship to the instrument. She quickly took to other string instruments, picking up banjo and ukulele while developing her own unique way of playing guitar with metal finger picks, often associated with the banjo, turning them around backwards so she can execute intricate fingerpicking and solid percussive strumming simultaneously.
“I’d always played music for myself, to process my emotions and life,” Heather reflects, affirming that it was never her intent to push her music outside of her inner circle. But after she began sharing her original tunes at gigs, comparisons to Alison Krauss became commonplace and others were adamant her angelic folk pop was destined to travel outside of NC. Heather's songs often have a folksy twist, inspired by bluegrass musicians like her grandfather, who taught her how to play her first song on guitar and how to pick a banjo.
Heather was selected by the International Bluegrass Music Association as a showcase songwriter for both the 2021 and 2020 World of Bluegrass music festivals. Her songwriting has been recognized in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, the Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Symposium, the Backwoods Beat Music Festival Songwriting Contest, and the WHIW Songwriting Contest. Her debut EP album Waltz (7/28/2017) melds acoustic guitar, banjo and ukulele to create warm, folk-inspired songs, unified by a 3/4 time signature. The album "delves into the kind of crystalline folk depths that artists such as Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss have spent so many years wandering through and adapting." (Joshua Pickard, Nooga.com). Waltz is available for free download at heatherkenney.bandcamp.com.
Heather has shared her music at the Raleigh Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, the North Carolina ‘Cuegrass Festival, Festival for the Eno, Carrboro Music Festival, Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), The Commodore Grille (Nashville), Wake Forest Listening Room, Walworth County Fair (Illinois), and live on WRAL (Raleigh NBC affiliate). She has opened for recording artist New Reveille and shared the stage with Roger Adler (4 time EMMY nominated composer/producer/performer).
For booking inquiries, contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.