New York-based singer-songwriter Ava Heatley has been writing songs and gigging since she was thirteen. In just a few short years, she’s garnered quite the accolades. Heatley released her EP, The Drive in 2017, she was named DNH Radio’s Discovered “Artist of the Month” in June, was chosen as a semi-finalist in NYC/London based songwriting contest “Coffee Music Project,” and was a finalist in the Tarrytown Music Hall Rock the Hall competition. Very striking list of achievements that will be sure to grow since Heatley’s passion is to perform. Influenced by great piano-based acts before her like Elton John, Ben Folds, and Sara Bareilles.
Heatley’s writing always rings authentic, at every stage of her life making it relatable to all; starting with the spot-on high school characters of her first album Words I Can’t Spell, through the challenges of leaving home in Live at the Bitter End, continuing in the pain of broken relationships in The Drive, to the anxiety of adulthood in her new singles Grin and Bear It, and Beautiful/Terrifying. The track begins almost hauntingly ominous but then you hear Heatley’s beautiful voice that is recalling of Regina Spektor but with a bit of Sara Bareilles. The song is minimal which reminds us that less is more, no overproduction or over saturated effects, just Heatley’s temerity that is invigorating. Listen below.
As Ava puts it, “To me, songwriting is overreacting. It’s refusing to move on. It’s holding a grudge. It’s framing and illuminating the thoughts you get embarrassed you had ten minutes after thinking them. It’s taking moments that you’d otherwise let go and putting them in print, forever immortalizing them. It’s melodramatic.”