Although trained at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, New York singer/songwriter Heather Masse is equally versed in a variety of American song traditions, which influences her more prevalent work in folk, pop, and bluegrass.
A member of the Billboard-charting folk group, The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed at hundreds of venues across the world. She was a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, both as a solo performer and as a member of The Jennys. On the show, she collaborated with artists such as Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, and Emmylou Harris.
In 2008, Heather released Many Moons, an EP of jazz-inspired folk duets with pianist Jed Wilson. She followed that up with her first full-length solo album Bird Song. Her solo debut on Red House Records, showcased her luscious alto voice and her superb songwriting. The title track “Bird Song” won her 1st prize at the International Acoustic Music Awards, and in 2012 she also won a prestigious Juno Award for the album Bright Morning Stars, with The Wailin’ Jennys.
Masse returned to her jazz roots in 2013 with Lock My Heart, an album of standards she recorded with piano legend Dick Hyman that had a long run on the jazz charts, and again in February 2016, with her album, August Love Song released with the renown trombonist Roswell Rudd.
Heather continues to perform with The Wailin’ Jennys supporting their newest Album, “Fifteen” released on Red House Records, October 2017. Heather can often be heard singing duets with Garrison Keillor, or performing at venues across the country with pianist Jed Wilson.
Heather currently lives in the Catskills of New York with her husband, Ian and beautiful son, August.
“lush velvety vocals, capable of melting butter in a Siberian winter”
— All Music