Haley Heynderickx

It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount
of amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some
ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a
search for calm through these waves of uncertainty and upheaval, is due out March 2nd via
Mama Bird Recording Co.
For the empathetic singer/songwriter, the reasons for seeking such acceptance and
understanding stem from a life of paradoxes. Heynderickx grew up in a religious household in
Oregon, closely identifying with her Filipino roots, but also straddling multiple cultural identities.
Now residing in Portland, her faith is not overt, but her introspection and continued struggle for
self­actualization are easily accessible and relatable.
Likewise, the tracks on I Need to Start a Garden reflect these seemingly disparate elements.
Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Heynderickx’s music
immediately recalls folk music of the '60s and '70s mixed with a love of jazz radio. But
Heynderickx’s singing—her vocals that range from sultry to operatic—belie a tenacity in her
It’s a balance, then, between exposing and protecting herself on I Need to Start a Garden.
Heynderickx vacillates between between powerlessness (opener “No Face”) and empowerment
(lead single "Oom Sha La La"). But her generosity of spirit remains the constant throughout the
whole album.
You can hear that exceptional care in “Jo”, as she whispers, “You tended your garden like
heaven and hell / and you built the birds houses to see if it helped at all.” Aware of the birds, the
garden, and anyone listening acutely, Heynderickx’s music serves as an invitation for all to join
her. Because the beauty of a garden is that while it’s often started for deeply personal reasons,
its bounty is best consumed and shared with others.

Bea Troxel started writing songs in the tenth grade about bad haircuts.

In High School she played in a band called Bea, Rita, and Maeve (named "Best High School Band of 2013" by the Nashville Scene). The trio won Studio 360's High School Battle of the Bands contest, and Thao Nguyen and Andrew W.K. covered Bea's song, "The River," as performed by Bea, Rita, and Maeve. Nguyen wrote of their music, saying there was a "subtlety and refinement in the musicianship."

Troxel played all through her time at Sewanee in southern TN, but she did not begin to seek out shows until she moved to Pennsylvania where she found herself in the midst of the Northeast DIY music scene. She opened for musicians such as Glenn Jones, Laura Baird, and Sons of an Illustrious Father, and organized her first tour through the Northeast in 2017. She recently moved back to Nashville and released her debut album, The Way That It Feels, in September. Since the album's release she has toured throughout the NE, played around Nashville, and was on official showcase artist at SXSW 2018.

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