Heather Aubrey Lloyd
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Recovering reporter, performance poet and fairy tale collector turned songwriter, Heather Aubrey Lloyd has co-fronted Baltimore’s ilyAIMY for nearly two decades.
After a stint backing Dar Williams, Lloyd started work on a solo CD. “A Message in the Mess" is populated by colorful, larger-than-life characters: Hippie Tooth Faeries, Jackson Pollock reincarnated as a flock of pigeons and aspiring animal crackers. Lloyd’s stunning and emotive alto ("Melissa Etheridge, Carly Simon, Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell blended into a spark plug with curly black locks," says one review), is pushed to new limits in inventive arrangements thanks to a cross-country collaboration with Reno band, The Novelists on mandolin, banjo, upright bass and delightfully bizarre percussion (yes, that really is recorded bubble wrap). "Mess" received the Director's Award for Album of the Year from the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and the awards haven't stopped since: 2018 FreshGrass/No Depression Songwriting Award Finalist, 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival MOST WANTED Artist, 2018 National Women's Music Festival Emerging Artist, 2017 Telluride Troubadour Top 4. Lloyd started off 2019 as the Grand Prize winner of the $10,000 Bernard Ebb Songwriting Award. Look for TWO new singles dropping in early 2020!
In depth on "Mess:" This album marks a polished departure from Lloyd's alt-folk grit with ilyAIMY. LA-based David Peters of Oak House Recording (Amber Rubarth, Vienna Teng) also mixed/mastered the project.