Heather Marie Russell (born August 10, 2000) is a Canadian-born, Toronto based singer-songwriter. She was signed to Syco Records at the age of 10 by Simon Cowell. Russell and her father co-wrote the song “Crazy Glue” which Jessica Sanchez, American Idol 2011 contestant, covered on her debut EP. Russell was born on August 10, 2000 in Toronto, Canada. Her parents Monica Cidade and James Russell (divorced), who are also musicians, raised her with her younger brother Robin. She expressed that she wanted to be a singer/songwriter at the age of 5 at which time she started taking piano lessons and began to write songs with her father.
After one month on YouTube, her original song “Beautiful” garnered the attention of Rob Fusari, who then signed Russell to a production deal. Fusari introduced Heather to Simon Cowell and had her flown to London to meet him. Upon meeting, and witnessing her performance, Cowell signed Russell on the spot to a temporary recording contract with Syco Entertainment. She then signed for talent representation with Rob Light at CAA. The Syco Entertainment recording contract ended in 2012 allowing Russell to dedicate her time with Rob Light at CAA.
Since the age of 11, Russell has worked with Grammy award-winning producers and writers Babyface, Rob Fusari, Walter Afanasieff, Evan Bogart, Neffu, Smith Carlson, Onree Gill and Howard Benson. In 2013, Russell worked with BBox Entertainment which then signed a distribution agreement with Kobalt Label Services in the spring of 2015. BBOX/Kobalt released Russell’s debut EP, Phases, on October 2, 2015. The video for “Got This Feeling” premiered with Tiger Beat Magazine and was featured on Us Weekly.
Russell’s single, “Got This Feeling”, was used in an episode of Pretty Little Liars (TV series) on January 12, 2016.
On August 10th of 2018, Heather Russell released her first full-length debut album called “My Metropolis,” which consisted of different sounds and themes. The underlying theme for the album however was pop R&B.
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