Student spotlight: Heather

Jaylen Harris |Staff Writer

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@Theupnext__

“I’m the one, believe the hype,” sings Hampton’s own Heather, alongside MoThoro, on their joint EP titled SESH, released Jan 25. After the success of their previous joint EP, it’s about time to get to know the faces behind the music.

Heather, who uses her first name as her professional stage name, is a freshman music recording technology major, hailing all the way from Union, New Jersey. She is a part of The Up Next Brand at Hampton, which focuses on highlighting upcoming entrepreneurs and youth through lifestyle, entertainment, motivation, participation in Hampton Choir and sports.

The singer and songwriter knows how to switch up her style; whether it be singing or rapping, Heather is slowly but surely making strides into the music industry.

Like most singers, her talent was developed by singing at home or in church.

“I first started singing at a very young age,” Heather said. “I would say about 6 years old, with my sister who was 8 at the time. We started out in a gospel band traveling from church to church in New Jersey.”

Growing up in a musically inclined household, Heather developed her talents to the point she can now be called an artist.

Heather lists three people as her musical inspirations.

“My greatest muses in music would have to be Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Beyoncé,” she said. “They have all impacted my life immensely, thanks to my mother.”

She credits her mom because she usually played Scott and Badu; Heather credits Beyoncé because, well, she’s Beyoncé.

As a young professional in the music industry, Heather’s move from her home to Hampton University was tricky.

“My transition into Hampton University was definitely a rocky one,” Heather said. “I’m a very honest person, so I will say it’s still taking me some time to grasp the concept of life here, but God always has a plan.”

As a firm believer in faith, she trusts there is a bigger plan ahead of her that she’s simply not yet aware of.

This statement seems to be especially true when taking her meeting with MoThoro into account. MoThoro, who recently dropped his own EP titled ThoroLyfe: Graduation, has made moves to becoming more established in the music industry as well. Heather explains, “MoThoro and I met over Instagram. A friend of his sent him my page, and we instantly got to work on making our magic. SESH, our joint EP, is out on all platforms!”

The dynamic artists prove that both the East and West coasts can make magic together.

Following SESH, Heather’s own EP is in the works.

“As of right now I’m working on my anticipated solo EP so the people can finally hear me in my element,” she said, “so stay tuned!”

To see and hear more about Heather, check out her Instagram page @_fannatic.

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