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Erica Heynatz shows us her sweeter side.
By Cec Busby.
Iwonder when Erika
Heynatz sleeps. She seems
to have so many projects
on the go that I imagine her
catching forty winks rather
than a full night of zees.
Heynatz is a woman with many
ambitions. She likes to wear
career progression from model
to presenter to host to actress to
her recent incarnation as a solo
artist who's set to launch her
debut CD this month.
According to Erika she's
been harbouring dreams of
a musical career since her
teenage years. Not one to sing
into a hairbrush, nonetheless
Erika remembers music always
playing an important part in
her life growing up. In fact she fondly recalls her mum "belting out a number
while she was hoovering the house."
"It was probably a bit of a sight to behold and rubbed o a little on me,"
laughs Erika. "So house cleaning is never dull at my place."
Given her passion for music and her ability to juggle multiple projects it's
surprising that Heynatz has waited so long to let out her inner songbird, but
Erika admits she thinks now is the perfect time. "I don't think I would have
been ready at an earlier age and I think my experience in other areas has given
me greater courage," explains Erika. "I feel a real connectedness now and the
songs are a re ection of my life. Now just seems to be the right time to explore
and be open hearted about it rather than half arsed about it."
Indeed Heynatz has no trouble baring her soul on the album which o ers
up a musical smorgasbord from sultry numbers to contemporary pop gems.
She credits some of this lyrical honesty to her co-writers but admits she never
wanted to produce one of those "too cool for school" releases.
"By nature I'm quite direct and honest, so I wanted to be like that on
the album; not cryptic but rather create something that was true to me and
hopefully people will resonate with that."
While song writing for Sweeter Side, Heynatz managed to hook up with
some of the pop world's best writers from Chris Braide (Kylie) to Steve
Booker (responsible for many of Du y's hits). So how did this virtual
unknown (at least in musical circles) nd such great collaborators?
"I wish it was as easy as harassing people," Erika chuckles. "But it takes a
lot of logistics, a lot of talks with A&R and a lot of discussions about the
kind of music I like and the kind of people I'd like to work with. I had a lot
of ideas but it's hard 'cause I'm unknown so I had to earn my stripes along
Fortunately Heynatz didn't have to face o against too many naysayers
on her journey to the studio. " ere will always be a lot of people that think
you have to have training before you qualify -- but I think life has been my
training," she sighs. "Whenever there is an ex-model, ex-TV, ex anything or if
you're a 'slashie' like I am -- there will be eyebrows raised and nostrils ared.
I've been copping it all my life so I'm used to it. I think if you've got the nuts
to do something you're passionate about, it goes hand in hand."
Erika's album Sweeter Side is out now on EMI /Capitol records.
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