Heather Reid is a performer, composer and lyricist as well as the Executive Director of the upcoming art house lab, The Special.
Heather's first band, The Murmurs was signed to MCA Records and released songs that topped the U.S. alternative charts, hit the Billboard top 100 charts and received Platinum #1 certifications. The Murmurs toured with bands like Bush, Joe Jackson and Adam Ant. They were also part of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair and had the honor of working with legends such as K.D. Lang, Matthew Wilder and Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin of The GoGos to name a few.
After a decade of harmonies, Heather and her bandmate Leisha Hailey decided to re-invent themselves and became the band GUSH. They were granted a residency at the landmark LA venue Spaceland and were signed to a development deal by Gary Gersh, of Nirvana A&R fame, on his Strummer Recordings label.
Eventually Heather decided to pursue her lifelong passion in musical theater. She wrote the music, book and lyrics to a new musical called “Dear Bernard” that premiered to sold-out houses in Los Angeles at The Court and Zephyr theaters. It was a local hit! “Dear Bernard” was noticed by the Theatre community in London and was invited to debut at the Riverside Studios. Although the funds to tour internationally were not raised in time to pursue the opportunity, the buzz of “Dear Bernard” in Hollywood and it's memorable, hummable songs captured the attention of Chrysalis Music Publishing, and Heather began a new chapter as a professional songwriter for others, including on Shakira's platinum selling album for the hit song “Don't Bother”.
But the rock n' roll life was still calling Heather, and she re-united with Jon Skibic of the Afghan Whigs to form REDCAR. The two wrote a catalogue of new music and brought in musicians Ryan MacMillan (Push Stars) & Michael Eisenstein (Letters To Cleo) to round out the band. Greg Collins produced Redcar's album “Can't Be Stopped”. The band performed in venues across the country, and Redcar was chosen as a Yahoo! Music's “Critical Eye Artist” and featured at LA's Amoeba records as a favorite Homegrown artist.
Heather's next release was a solo effort entitled “Cross Words”. The album was received with rave reviews by LA Magazine, USA Today, Ellen and more.
While this lady LOVES to perform live (and always will), Heather has taken a more behind-the-scenes role recently, focusing on studio work and composing for film, TV, commercials and her lifelong passion, musical theater. Recent compositions have included the score for the critically acclaimed indie documentary called “The If Project”, commercials for Bobbi Brown, Christies, Old Navy and the Phase One Foundation for Cancer Research presentation.
Currently, Heather is focused on two new musicals, one a solo effort and the other a collaboration with acclaimed writer/producer Regina Corrado
So what does the future hold for Heather Reid? Her newest project is “The Special”, located in the heart of the Media District in Hollywood California. The Special is a high tech creative, open work space and entertainment center providing a lab for seasoned and upcoming artists to nurture their work in an intimate and cutting edge environment . The space will be a modular venue that hosts lectures, workshops, art galleries, pop ups, screenings ,music, photo shoots and more. Over the last year, Heather has enlisted her dream team of project manager, designer and architect to bring The Special to life.
Stay tuned for all of it. Literally.