Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

HEATHER MAE – RULE #1

1. What does it mean to be selected as a finalist for this competition?

It’s an honor! Wildflower is a festival that many songwriters hold in high acclaim and to have my songs be selected, it feels great.

2. How did you select the songs for the Wildflower contest and are they based on any memories or experiences?

“Stand Up” and “Wanderer” are two songs off my EP, “I AM ENOUGH,” which I released in June 2016. After losing my ability to sing from vocal nodules in 2013, I took a huge break from music. I made a vow to myself, if I ever got the chance to sing again, I would only write music that was honest and made a difference in the world, every time they were heard. “Stand Up” is a protest song that focuses on touchy issues not often heard in mainstream music and “Wanderer” is my love song for my fiancee, Sarah, and the first song I’ve ever released that brings attention to my identity as a queer woman.

3. What made you decide to name your blog “Dear Diary” (which is obviously brilliant)?

There is a box in my parent’s basement that holds a stack of diaries, which span from fourth grade to college, each page filled with memories of heartache, movie ticket stubs, stories of friendship, and childhood ramblings. When I made the decision to write the occasional blog, that extended past the size of the average Facebook post, “Dear Diary” was the only name that fit the bill. An open notebook, a clean page, a new diary, it’s a place for me to be honest and in my music and interaction with my fans, I always seek to be authentic and open with them. My hope is for that honesty to carry into my blog.

4. Do you have any pre-show superstitious habits, calming techniques, or plain old good luck charms?

I move. A lot. You’ll always find me standing before I take a stage and a lot of the time, if I’m nervous, I’ll be dancing.

5. How would you describe your songwriting style?

I usually tell those who aren’t familiar with my music that my music is social justice infused singer-songwriter pop in the style of Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor. Sometimes I’ll throw in something about my vocal inspo: Etta James.

6. Where is the best place to experience songwriting utopia?

In the car. Every song I’ve ever recorded has been molded in my mind while I drive, whether in the initial brainstorming phrase or in the final editing. I write 75% of my music while I’m touring.

7. Do you have a favorite quote, lyric, or credo that you live by?

Rule #1. It’s tattooed on my arm.

8. When did you start booking House Concerts and how many are scheduled each year?

I started playing house concerts in 2010 (seems so long ago!) and last year I played around 20. They are my favorite kind of concert, aside from festivals. When a fan requests I play a house concert, and I work with my booking agents to route my tour through whatever town the house concert will be in, it feels like the universe’s reminder that I am doing the dang thing and it’s working.

9. How long did it take to recover from the nodules on your vocal chords?

I remember walking into a recording session in the Summer of 2013 and being unable to sing anything out of my talking range without sounding like all air. Yet, I kept on. I was officially diagnosed in April of 2014 and went silent for eight months. I began recording “I AM ENOUGH” in January 2016 and released it in June 2016, which was about the time that I really began singing out completely and testing my new instrument. It was a very long 3 years.

10. Is Mae a middle name or last name? Do people ask you this question all the time?

Yes! Often, it’s to ask if I prefer to be called just Heather or Heather Mae. My mama calls me Heather, so that’s good enough for me!

Website: https://www.heathermae.net/bio
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/heathermaemusicpage
Twitter: http://twitter.com/heathermaemusic
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/heathermaefoard
Instagram: http://instagram.com/heathermaemusic
Tour Dates: http://www.bandsintown.com/HeatherMae

Heather Mae will compete on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. Heather is performing at 8:15 p.m. on the CityLine Stage and additional information about the Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest, and the full list of Top 10 Finalists, may be found on the website: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/songwriter-contest/  #WAMFest2017

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GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM AND WILDFLOWER! STAGES TO ROCK ON SATURDAY

It’s been a wild weekend here at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! We are so excited to update that the gates are going to open at 6:30 p.m.. The festival has been partially open since this morning and indoor performances inside the Eisemann Center have continued as scheduled throughout the day.

Unfortunately, Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of the severe weather. All acts prior to 6:30 p.m. set to perform on outdoor stages have been removed from the schedule.

Want the good news? The Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage, Plaza Stage, and Bud Light Stage are ready to rock (after a lot of hard work by the festival folks).

Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage
8:15 p.m. The Guess Who
10:00 p.m. Grand Funk Railroad

The Guess Who

Plaza Stage
8:45 p.m. Judah & The Lion
10:30 p.m. Fitz and the Tantrums

Bud Light Stage
6:45 p.m. Devil’s Sooty Brother
8:15 p.m. Joshua Ray Walker
9:45 p.m. Big City Outlaws

Aeromyth

Hill Hall
9:00 p.m. Aeromyth

UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage
6:00 p.m. Jason Castro
7:45 p.m. Darrell Scott
9:15 p.m. Crystal Bowersox

The Plaza Stage viewing grounds consist of solid concrete but you’ll want to bring a lawn chair for the Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage area, or wear comfy boots to navigate the soggy grass. The wet conditions have created high humidity of 94% and cool temperatures in the 60’s.

Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday general admission tickets to the festival will be honored for use, either today or tomorrow. We scan it once and you can decide whether that will be for Saturday or Sunday. Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed free admission.

Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have been cancelled for today. Due to wind damage, the WF! Kids area is closed for the rest of the weekend.

The schedule for all acts is updated and posted on the website. www.wildflowerfestival.com

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Announces Revised Saturday Schedule Due To Severe Weather Impacts

All gates to open at 6:30 p.m. with most national acts set to perform

The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will open all gates at 6:30 p.m. The Festival has been partially open since 11 a.m. this morning, with indoor music performances taking place as scheduled on Eisemann Center stages.

Weather Impacts On Performances
With the exception of Blue Oyster Cult and Quiet Company, all performances set for this evening on outdoor stages at Wildflower! will perform as scheduled. Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival this weekend due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of severe weather. Tonight’s 7:15 p.m. performance by Quiet Company on the Plaza Stage has also been cancelled along with all other acts scheduled to perform on outdoor stages prior to 6:30 p.m.

Weather Impacts From Today’s Storm
At approximately 1 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, severe weather passing through North Texas impacted the festival grounds causing limited wind damage. Festival staff are in the process of cleaning the grounds and all six gates at the festival will reopen at 6:30 p.m.

Patrons Asked To Prepare For Wet Conditions
People planning to attend the festival this evening to enjoy the outdoor stages will want to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing and lawn chairs are recommended.

Saturday Passes To Be Honored Today Or Tomorrow
Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday passes to the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will be honored for use either today or tomorrow.

Saturday Pass Dropped To $30 For Saturday Performances / Children Get In Free Sunday
Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed through the gates free of charge.

Other Updates
Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have also been cancelled for today and, due to wind damage, the Children’s Area on the festival grounds is closed for the rest of the weekend. Information on the performance schedule for all acts is available at www.wildflowerfestival.com.

WILDFLOWER! FESTIVAL TO PARTIALLY OPEN DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER

Festival grounds expected to fully open at 5 p.m., or once area storms pass; performances on Eisemann Center stages continue as scheduled

(Richardson, TX) – Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will partially open at 11 a.m. due to the threat of severe weather in the area. Gate F, located on the north side of the event, is open for patrons to directly enter the Eisemann Center to enjoy performances on the Singer Songwriter and Hill Performance Hall stages. The closest parking area to Gate F is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas parking garage. View the Festival Map for locations.

All six gates on the festival grounds are expected to reopen at 5 p.m., or once the threat of severe weather has passed. People planning to attend the festival to enjoy the outdoor stages this evening are asked to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing, umbrellas and lawn chairs. All afternoon performances scheduled to take place on outdoor stages prior to 5 p.m. have been cancelled.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival has historically had bouts with rain over the past 27 years of its history in Richardson, but the event has always been held rain or shine. Richardson’s Emergency Management team consistently monitors the weather, and public safety personnel have plans in place to shelter people if necessary.

Tickets available online or at the gate.

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