Heidi Winzinger

I was born right here in Mount Holly New Jersey and although I've been around the world a bit, I just love New Jersey.  In New Jersey you can be in the forest, on a farm, at the beach, in the city or in a quaint historic downtown within a short commute.  Folks may not appreciate her if only seen from the Turnpike.    

When I was a kid my dad was way into old time country music.  Kitty Wells, Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash gave me my first taste of simple songs with big stories.  I sang in school plays and had visions of being a professional singer for a minute or so until I changed my major voice to agriculture.  That's a long story, but in the end the dream of working in farming was strong and I figured I could always keep music in my pocket, which I did.    

Somewhere along the line I was more depressed than usual and found writing really helped.  A neighbor taught me a few chords and I started to put together some songs.  Not being very good at it, I joined the Nashville Songwriters Association International and started studying the craft.  It is a constant work in progress as I build my library of songs to share with others who want to use or cover them for their own use.  My songs are all over the place, focusing on unique topics like the aftermath of losing a loved one suddenly, women losing themselves to their jobs, the loss of farmland to development, the friendly feeling a snow day brings to your neighborhood and of course, a girls best friend.  I also like writing songs about New Jersey and her wonderful soils, precious aquifers, revolutionary war history and fabled Jersey Devil.

As an introvert I feel more comfortable in silence and solitude.  Spending a day at home with my dogs working on projects and not saying a word is a perfect day for me.  So playing out doesn't come naturally for sure.  However, recently I have joined The Raising River Band which is a very special group of musicians and songwriters which makes we want to get out there and sing!  Everyone is unique, talented, kind and lovely in their own way and I feel lucky to have be involved with this project.  Hope to see you out at a show soon. 


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