Maybe you haven’t heard the name Heston. But the Atlanta singer who classifies his style as soul, pop and house, hopes that will soon change. In 2008, the singer-songwriter released his debut album, “Storyteller,” on an indie label and sold 30,000 copies, he says.
On Sunday, he’ll bring his classic soul sound to Buckhead’s Sambuca. The 35-year-old has had pretty wide influences, and we talked with him about those influences as well as about living in Atlanta and artists he’d like to work with:
What brought you to Atlanta to live, and what keeps you here?
I was born on the Island of Dominica. After moving to the U.S. as a child, I lived in different cities before finding Georgia — specifically Atlanta — and found it to be musically progressive.
You’ve said you’ve been influenced by artists such as Al Green, Bob Marley, Elton John and The BeeGees? That’s a pretty wide list. Talk about some of those influences and who will fans hear in your sound on Sunday night?
My musical influences are a wide range simply because as a child growing up in Dominica, I was exposed to so many different styles. We had one, maybe two radio stations and they would play all kinds of music from Lionel Richie to Paul McCartney, so there is a little of everything in me. Sunday night’s concert will be a sum of all that’s made my sound what it is today, which is eclectic with a heavy influence from the best of ’70s soul music with a singer/songwriter approach.
Your debut album in 2008 was an indie release that sold 30,000 copies. Any interest in getting picked up by a major label?
I would love to be with a major record company, but what I would love even more is to be with a a label that supports my projects with the same passion and dedication that I invest in the creation and approach to my music.
Heston performs at 6:30 and and 8:30 p.m. at Sambuca, 3102 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta. Admission is $12.50 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (404) 237-5299 or visit www.sambucarestaurant.com. Tickets also available here. Hear a sample of Heston’s music on Myspace.