Singer/Songwriter Heather Styka is coming to the Winter Wind listening room in The Depot, 200 S. Jones on Sunday, January 29, 2017 for a 7:00 pm concert. Norman songwriter Katie Williams will open for Heather. Tickets are $15.
Beneath Heather's “sweet, soulful vocals” (Portland Press Herald) and “nimble fingerpicked guitar” (Dispatch Magazine) lie narratives of vulnerability, strength, and wanderlust, drawn from her extensive touring. These are the sort of songs that take you on a journey and haunt you all the way home.
Styka started writing and performing as a teenager, honing her craft among Chicago’s folk community. At the age of 28, Heather Styka has performed for over a decade, released four full length albums, and has toured from coast to coast. She was a 2015 New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and has performed at the Folk Alliance International and FARM conferences as an official showcase artist.
Her 2011 release, Lifeboats for Atlantis, hit #3 on the FOLK-DJ charts. After moving to Maine for two years, Styka released While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet (2014), which charted for four months on FOLK-DJ.
Styka’s latest release, The Bittersweet Tapes (2016), was recorded in Tulsa, Oklahoma on a four track recorder with sparse, ethereal production by John Calvin Abney. With “Intricate finger picking, perfect melodies, and heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics,” The Bittersweet Tapes retains an unfiltered immediacy. “In this raw and intimate portrait of life, disguised as a collection of songs, Heather Styka has truly created a masterpiece… A writer with this kind of vision and ability doesn’t come along very often” (Chris Darby, Independent Melody).
With training both as a poet and an actor, Heather Styka is equal parts wordsmith and entertainer. Colored by a quirky sense of humor and peppered with confessional storytelling, Styka’s live shows are intimate and candid as late night conversation. Styka is currently writing a new album and collaborating on multiple upcoming projects. There’s no telling where this young troubadour is headed next, but if Heather Styka’s songs are any indication, she’ll be getting there with fierce and fearless honesty.
Katie Williams co-produced her first E.P. with Steve Boaz, out of Breathing Rhythm Studio, in the fall of 2015. The project has since gained notoriety and momentum throughout Oklahoma and surrounding areas. "The entire collection can be summed up as hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding." -- Tonya Little
Katie was selected by the Oklahoma Film and Music Guide as the January 2017 "Artist of the Month."
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and by Depot Contributors: Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Lohmann's Good Things!; Republic Bank and Trust; The Montford Inn; and Native Spirits Winery. Additional support comes from Friends: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Nancy McClellan; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Keri and Hugh Young, and Neighbors: Bill and Janelle Powers; Danna Primm; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; The Grider Family; and Norman Music Institute.