is an American pop
-influenced folk singer/songwriter
from New York City
. She majored in liberal studies
at the Notre Dame
, and grew up in the Chicago
suburb of Wilmette
. She regularly toured with "Live from New York" on the eastern coast of the United States. In 2007, Heaton moved to Boston
, and generally tours and performs with multi-instrumentalist Frank Marotta
Anne Heaton grew up in Wilmette, IL
, a suburb of Chicago
and started playing piano at the age of 3. She was trained in classical music and turned down a scholarship to study at Boston’s Berklee School of Music
in classical piano. In an interview with The New York Times
Online, Heaton said she gave up classical piano because she found it too inhibiting and exact. Thinking she would one day be a philosophy professor, Heaton pursued philosophy
at the University of Notre Dame
Heaton sang in a cover band in college and later found her calling in music and songwriting. She cites Peter Gabriel
, Tori Amos
and The Indigo Girls
as her biggest influences. After college, Heaton made her way to NYC. There she played in a Latin band and sang in a gospel choir in Harlem.
Heaton's debut release in 2002, Black Notebook
, was met with critical acclaim and garnered "Top DIY Pick" from Performing Songwriter Magazine.
In 2004, she released Give In
, which she created in collaboration with Mike...