Offstage, up-and-coming singer, songwriter, and guitarist Zach Heckendorf appears to be an ordinary young man: a hip-hop-loving, T-shirt and jeans-wearing, shaggy-haired kid with a shy smile and...Expand
Offstage, up-and-coming singer, songwriter, and guitarist Zach Heckendorf appears to be an ordinary young man: a hip-hop-loving, T-shirt and jeans-wearing, shaggy-haired kid with a shy smile and modest demeanor. But when Heckendorf grabs a guitar and jumps on a stage, the Denver native is transformed. Over the years, Heckendorf has mesmerized crowds with original songs like “All The Right Places,” the first single from his 2011 debut album The Cool Down.
Heckendorf began writing the songs on The Cool Down as a freshman in high school and making a name for himself locally around Denver as a live performer. Since then, he played to thousands at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre and has shared the stage with such acts as Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Guster, John Butler Trio, One Republic, Mat Kearney, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Barenaked Ladies, Michael Franti & Spearhead, among many others. He was also the first person to record at the legendary Caribou Ranch Studios (Chicago, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Chick Corea, Tom Petty, John Lennon, America, Billy Joel, etc.) since the control room burned down in 1985.
The duality in Heckendorf’s personality is reflected on The Cool Down's songs like “One of Them,” “17 Circles,” “Traffic,” “Tie Dye March,” as well as the title track, Heckendorf wraps his considered themes — the pursuit of freedom, the interconnectedness of human beings and nature, and a dismay for the environmental destruction that previous generations have wrought — in a rich, acoustic-driven sound, one that takes its cues more from hip-hop than from the traditional troubadours Heckendorf has already been compared to.
This past Fall, Zach released “The Water Brothers EP" with bandmate and guitarist Curtis Halle. Zach is currently in the studio working on a new full-length album, slated to debut in 2014.