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heirwaves: the next wave of music.
Authentic Artists | Unfiltered Voices | Inspiring Stories
heirwaves was launched in 2013 as a niche for music evolution and inspiration. Carefully curated to showcase the next wave of game-changing artists & songwriters, heirwaves dives deeper with thought-provoking topics, refreshingly disruptive questions, and unfiltered answers – highlighting those who are using their music and platforms to stem relevant conversations on contemporary issues, and to tell their authentic stories.
Abigail Courtland | Founder, Editor
New York, NY
My first concert was in a small field in my hometown. I remember watching in awe as I looked up at James Taylor on stage, while I was standing next to none other than Sir Paul McCartney… I was 13, and the high from that extraordinary musical moment never faded. That same year, I met an upcoming pop artist who helped me discover the magic that came from combining my love for music with the love for creating connections that help others rise. Growing from my experiences, I started a little music blog in my bedroom in 2013. Originally establishing roots alternative rock world, that “little” blog took me on an epic journey.
I have an overwhelming desire to help real artists tell real stories, and to share music that has wild depth and meaning. I wanted to share music that would make a real difference in people’s lives. At the end of the day, if I can connect one artist with one person who loves their song or is inspired by their story, then I will be content that we’re doing something right. @HeyCourtland
Jennifer Crim | Senior Nashville Correspondent
My career is something I sort of “fell into” – feet first. I started working on the marketing street team of an artist when I was 14, opening me up to being really driven and curious about the marketing world. In college I studied graphic design and completed various marketing internships. I moved to Nashville in 2018 to further pursue my passion of music, story telling, and art. @JennCrim
Liv Ungurean | Brand and Publicity Manager
I always believe music connects the world in ways that no other form of communication ever will. Music binds unity and identity into a world that most desires acceptance and belongingness. Through lyrics, harmony and melody- a song can capture the free-spirited depths of the soul.
Behind each masterpiece, is the creative pulse of an artist. I’m excited to capture the heart of the creator through storytelling. With my background in public relations, I’m honored to hear the narrative of an artist and share their truth with the world.
Songs are the sacred stories written in the inklings of our hearts. I find that when a story is told best, it takes the listener’s wandering soul down a wayfaring path of hope, doubt, dreams, reality, heartbreak, love and faith- the components of humanity that make us feel truly alive. @ljungurean
Alana Aquino | Los Angeles Correspondent
Los Angeles, CA
My love for music began with the classical genre, and it grew as I became engrossed with the music of film and television. The power that music held with its visual counterparts showed me the importance of telling and sharing stories that resonate with people searching for a sense of community and belonging. In my first year of college, I found myself spending time with other artists in the music program, and I enjoyed having conversations about their art and what it means to them.
Since then, I’ve realized my passion for artist development, and I’ve made it a responsibility of mine to uplift those artists who are paving the way for the next generation. There are many artists who I admire, and I’m extremely excited to write about their narratives in hopes that other people will be inspired by them too. @alanacaquino
Erin Brocksmith | Florida Correspondent
I have loved music and writing for as long as I can remember. My first concert was Fall Out Boy when I was 16 and, since then, I have fallen in love with the live music experience. There is nothing more intimate on this planet than the connection that is forged between a fan and an artist when an artist bares their soul in person and in real-time.
When I was 18, I decided that I wanted to study journalism with a minor in music at the University of Central Florida. I had changed my major about five times before landing on journalism but I didn’t know it was the path for me until I discovered that music journalism and concert photography were really things I could do, not just things people did in Almost Famous (although that movie is a huge inspiration for me). I found out I could actually have a job I was passionate about. @ErinBrocksmith
Jacq Kozak | Music Journalism Intern
New York, NY
I was thrown straight into the deep end of live music when I walked into Bamboozle 2010 and my brother said, “I’ll meet you here in 8 hours. Bye!” and left me to figure it all out on my own. The rest is history and now it seems that all I ever do is go to shows, take some photos, write about it, rinse, repeat. I feel more at home in a photo pit than I do anywhere else on earth.
My passion for visuals & storytelling and my obsession with live music come together in the discourse of music journalism. It’s magical that I can read a review or look at some photos and experience a show in a different city, a different country, a different continent from where I am. Music is universal – let’s talk about it. @JacqKozak