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On To The Second Act

posted on: Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Today we put together the first half of the second act.  It’s coming together…already…and very beautifully! I haven’t learned the choreography for “I’m Every Woman” yet (that pain comes tomorrow), so, today, I sat out and watched the cast, and my alternate do the number.  It’s so amazing to watch these beautiful people; everyone is working so hard, putting so much into every move, every line…I know you’ll feel the passion and commitment when you walk into that theater. Everyday, I’m trying to sing at least 5-6 songs so my voice gets used to the stress of all the shows and all the songs! Today, I did the ballads! They are killer: amazing killer songs, and killers to sing!  But I’m getting my stamina up, and figuring out the nuances of each of them…. Speaking of songs…sooooo, what are your favorite songs on Only One In The World? What song(s) do I HAVE to do in my live show (or else you’ll leave)?
What I learned today:
1. I can rest easy knowing you’ll be in great hands with my alternate, Gloria – – yes I’ll still show up for work…maybe
:)!  Joking! Joking!
2. Crème fraîche may sound like “cream” but you shouldn’t put that in coffee! Trust us on this! MD wasn’t happy!
3. This was my favorite: In the tube (train) the automated lady said: “For Hampstead, please ALIGHT at the next stop….” ALIGHT?!  In some other countries (namely mine), the term is “GET OFF!”

Off to bed for me…guess who’s coming to dinner tomorrow…MY HUBBY! YAY!
So, Night, night!

Thank YOU!

posted on: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

You! YOU! (said with my best Deniro imitation)

Thank you for making our first day out there quite exciting!


…I was working on the CD when I was offered The Bodyguard. As I was plotting out what the next year would look like,I remember thinking that the “right” thing to do would be to put everything on hold, and release the CD when I was finished with the show and back in the US.  That would be the easiest, and most normal and conventional way to do it…


Enter My Husband!  After listening to some of the songs in his car (I don’t know how he gets and keeps them all, but he always has a bootleg of every song and demo I do), he called me and said; “I don’t think you should make people wait for two years without any music from you.” “Furthermore,” he said, “I think these songs are good, you should share!” So, after quite a bit of discussion with my amazing team, we decided to do this the unconventional, un-normal, un-easy way…just for YOU!
I knew the challenges would be stacked high: I’m working on The Bodyguard in a different country, and I can’t be there to do the ‘legwork’ baby albums like this need.  But, I really wanted to do this for you all…and I thought that if Mama can’t be around, there aren’t better hands to leave this ‘baby’ in, than the hands of its godmothers and godfathers: YOU!


So, thank you for getting the word out there…thanks for supporting it, and thanks for telling the world about it. PLEASE KEEP DOING SO! I’d love to show the world, that with the right “godparents,” the right team, the right music, and a BIG God – – all things are possible…even promoting an album from a far away land;).
Your love and support are appreciated – – from the depths of my heart.
Heather Headley…

The Only One In The World!

9/11 Remembered

posted on: Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

September 11th!


This is a difficult day. On the one hand it’s a day I want to celebrate: it’s my husband’s birthday and I’m so grateful that he’s alive, and he’s mine. But on the other hand, it’s a day filled with pain and a memory we all wish we never had. September 10th, we were innocents. We walked around unaware that danger was only hours away…and then on the morning of September 11th, we became naked, vulnerable…we became familiar with fear and terror. I remember where I was, how I was, why I was where I was – – I think we all do. So today, let us remember the families of all those precious people lost on that day.


We will never forget.


Let us find hope in the strength of character that caused the fire fighters and police men and women to selflessly and bravely swim upstream while every one was running the other way. “No greater love has any man shown than to lay down his life for his friends.”

We will never forget.


Sad to say, the tentacles of that day sting us still. There are rescue workers who are battling lung diseases, cancers, and many other illnesses because when faced with the choice to stay in a toxic environment or leave a brother or sister behind, THEY STAYED! They put their lives, health and futures on the line, to save many.


We thank you and we will never forget.


To the service men and women who were dispatched to all corners of the earth, and continue to fight to secure our freedom and security… we honour you and we will never forget you. And for the rest of us who live a little more cautiously, pained by all that happened that awful day: let us put our trust in God, and ask HIm to protect us and heal our land, so we can live a little more peacefully in the knowledge… that HE will never forget US.


First Day of Rehearsals!

posted on: Monday, September 10th, 2012

Oh! How I’ve missed you all! The past few days have been a whirlwind. We’re settling in well enough, though! Its a beautiful city… And its home for the next few months. We still don’t have cable or Internet power at home, so we’re buying any and everything at Starbucks to borrow their service. With all the money we’ve spent there they should be able to sell $10 coffee for the next ten years ;).

Well, today is the first day of school…rehearsal. I have my new bag, my books (script), my clean clothes, and I’m even being taken to the ‘school door’ by my Big Daddy;). I’m nervous, but blessed, excited, and so very supported by the love and encouragement of so many. The next few weeks are going to be a challenge trying to find the ‘voice’ of Rachel. Her singing voice will sound a lot like mine (sorry about that;)) and my aim is to find who she is in my body! It’s not going to be easy, especially since the body she inhabited before was quite a great

 one;).HHTeam begged me to let you hear a song from the new album and since it’s the first day of rehearsal, I thought it was fitting so here’s a clip of my version of ‘Run To You!’ Click here to listen on YouTube.

Well, Wish me God’s blessings, luck and many ‘theatrical’ broken legs! Here we go…let’s write it…Chapter 22: The Bodyguard!