Heather Anne Lomax, the artist formerly known as Michael-Ann, has been a staple of the country music scene in Los Angeles for years. After sharing the stage with the likes of Mark Chesnutt, Wanda Jackson, and Wynona Judd, she will be joining City Girls/Country Music at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles this Saturday!
CGCM: Are you originally from LA?
Heather: No, I am from Kansas City. Born in NY, raised the early part of my childhood in Connecticut originally.
CGCM: What led you to start pursuing a career in music?
Heather: I think it just always seemed like it was a part of me, so I started to perform out after writing some of my own music.
CGCM: How have you dealt with being a woman in a male-dominated industry?
Heather: I think women are slowly being “heard”, there is also an indie market nowadays with a wide open pasture for women to be recognized without the need for a major label.
CGCM: You were adopted and recently got to know your birth family. How has this affected your music?
Heather: Oh dear, this is a novel needing to be written, really. Well, my mother was a musician herself, and my dad’s side of the family was also in the entertainment business-so, I guess my love of music was passed on genetically. I used my mothers guitar (that my cousin Ginny kindly drove down to present to me) on a couple of tracks on my upcoming record.
I think about my mother every time I perform now. She has passed, and in many ways I want to honor her by doing what she should have been doing for the remainder of her life, if she were still alive today.
CGCM: What’s next?
Heather: I have a single coming out soon, and a new record release and upcoming tour..so that’s plenty!
Photo by Neil Kremer Johnson