The Collection and Kevin Heider
The Collection and Kevin Heider – January 27, 2017
“If you love an uplifting big band, The Collection is for you.” ~ NPR Music
“It didn’t take long for David Wimbish’s solo project to become a full band. The community that had inspired his music quickly began to embody the songs, wielding instruments last played in middle school marching band, and fulfilling ‘the Collection’s name. Coming from Greensboro, North Carolina, their songs stem from an awareness of their state’s folk roots, and an appreciation of orchestral and world music. After the loss of dear friends and family, the band released their first full length, “Ars Moriendi”, featuring over 25 musicians, and wrestling with questions of mortality and spirituality. As the last year has brought more focus to the Collection, both in size and in vision, they still retain original inspiration and muse – the community of those intrigued by the mystery of life.”
As a songwriter, it has been said that Kevin Heider’s form follows his substance. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Kevin’s unique and malleable indie-folk/rock sound is coupled with a lyrical form that explores – from the heights to the depths – what it means to be human. And he is self-taught on every instrument he plays.
In July of 2008, Kevin was personally selected by Ingrid Michaelson as the winner of Gibson’s The Way I Am Contest on MusicNation.com, a victory which encouraged him to pursue music full time. His music has since appeared in film documentaries, theatrical productions, television shows, and commercials, and has taken him as far as Europe and New Zealand.
In the Fall of 2013 he married the prettiest girl in the world and moved back to his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. He continues to traverse the cosmos in search of interested ears while constantly writing new songs, honing his craft, collaborating with fellow songwriters and producers, and performing in a variety of indie music venues, on college campuses, church basements, bars, coffee shops, living rooms, street corners, and train cars.
Since the release of his first solo acoustic album in 2009, he has gone on to release a debut full-length studio album, an EP, and, most recently, a double album [called The Spark] featuring 22+ original songs.