About

Artist Name

Heath Watts

Genres

Acoustic, Alternative, Country, Melodic, Singer/Songwriter, World

Location

East Coast Australia

Biography

Biography

Heath was born in central west region of Australia beginning his career in the sixties with R&B and Pop, specializing in 12 string guitar. Influenced by artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce, Kevin Johnson, Buddy Holly and Ross Ryan, he played with multiple bands before going solo. He began composing in 1980 without making any commercial recordings.

After entering original songs into Australia’s Chesterfield Starmaker Awards in 1983 and finalizing as the only solo artist within the top five acts, he was invited to go to Japan representing Australia in a succession of Australian festivals. This included five months performing and representing Australia at the Tsukuba Science Expo. he recorded his first overseas commercial original song at the Japan Nippon Columbia Studios, performing and composing there over an 18 year stay.

Returning to Australia in 2001, he retired from active music for several years due to family health matters.

He re-entered the Australian music scene in 2010, winning several awards for his compositions, recording an original Traditional Heritage single, “Back To Lansdowne”.

In early 2013 Heath became an active radio presenter on Community Radio, creating his own program on 104.7 FM named “Around The Delta” which he continues to present.

He recorded his first commercial composition in Australia called “Looking Through The Eyes of a Child”. Entered into the Australian Songwriters Awards¬† in Sydney, it achieved top 30 in 4 categories, the next year achieving top 30 status in 5 categories. The song reached the semifinals of the Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards at Tamworth in 2017.

12 String guitar is Heath’s instrument of choice. He now resides on the mid north coast of N.S.W., is currently preparing his web site, “The Treble Clef Music” for launch late in 2019 to release multiple singles, an EP and a followup Album in 2020.

Background

Heath is a self taught performer as a singer. After experimenting in his early teens with acoustic guitar construction, due to his intense interest in his Canadian folk hero Gordon Lightfoot, he fell in love with 12 string guitar, an instrument which he has been using solely for his music since 1974.

His musical grounding was in several mid sized groups as a lead front man pop singer without playing an instrument. After taking up 12 string guitar, his music transitioned from lead vocalist/12 string guitarist across several genres of three-piece jazz and folk groups, finally morphing into his current style as a solo singer/songwriter/guitarist.

Heath’s music is totally engaging with his storytelling, with a unique guitar styles and crystal clear vocals.

 

Fact Sheet

“Heath” Singer/Songwriter – brief
* Starmaker Finalist 1983
* Australia Festivals Japan 1984
* Japan Science Expo 1985
* Recording Japan Nippon Columbia 1986
* AMRAP Australia listings 2013
* Australian Songwriting Association Awards, Sydney 2016/17/18/19
* Tamworth Songwriting Association Awards, Australia 2017/18/19
* Multiple Music Hosting and Performing Tamworth 2018/19

 

 

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