Heather Soles is a Vancouver-based singer and songwriter. Her style brings a natural, soulful bluesy feel and smokiness to a repertoire of jazz, blues, bebop, swing, and vintage rock.
At six years old, Heather watched Eartha Kitt perform on the Ed Sullivan Show and said: “That looks like fun!” At 14 she joined the Columbia Record Club and a lifelong love of Jazz was born. With the help of a friend’s older brother, she chose the LPs each month and began listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Oscar Brown Jr., and the Modern Jazz Quartet.
Heather started singing professionally at 18, starting with folk music but rapidly gravitated back to the jazz standards she loved. Heather worked as a band singer in clubs, performed concerts as a singer-songwriter and appeared on the CBC network show,’The Performers’. After singing for audiences East and West, she went back to school to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from UBC.
After an extended break from music, teaching at a college and raising two children, Heather found herself yearning for music and returned to singing in 2013. Since then she has performed with some of Vancouver’s top musicians at the Cottage Bistro, the Fairview, The Sylvia Hotel, Frankie’s, The Central Bistro, Pat’s Pub, the Blue Martini, the Kino Café, Jazz Vespers at St. Andrews-Wesley Church, EvenSong at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, and ‘Friday Night Live’ at Lynne Valley United Church.
Heather recently released her album, Until I Met You, on the Coast Charisma Records Label, is in the final stages of recording a second album, and is fine-tuning a tribute show featuring the songs of Miss Peggy Lee.
*location moved to First Baptist Church