24-year-old, Colleen Heauser grew up in the small town of Grass Valley, California. Her music career began during her college years when she was 19. “I didn’t eat for a few months to save up for my first guitar, but it was so worth it!” she said, “I had no idea how to play it, but I was committed to learning. I would stay up for hours playing until my fingers bled” After teaching herself 4 chords her first song was written. “It was titled ‘When I See You Smile’ it was about a boy I had class with and a huge crush on.”Colleen graduated from Sacramento State University with a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and minor in Digital Video and embarked on her musical journey. “I’ve always had a love for music of all kinds. When it comes to writing and playing music, there's something about that connection you feel when the guitar resonates on your tummy or the piano hits just right. It's beautiful." "I have a love for words. They can devastate and destroy someone, but they can also piece someone back together. Words are powerful, the only words you'll regret are the ones you left unsaid, or in my case unsung. I always compare it to a writer who wrote a book and then let no one read it. There was something I loved about singing in front of someone who connected with my lyrics. When people see me at my most vulnerable and powerful state and the moment is just right, I feel them see themselves in me, it’s beautiful.” "Allowing vulnerability into your life might be the scariest thing ever but, I've learned the beauty in it. I've learned I have a gift to be shared with others. Allowing myself to be vulnerable as an artist pushes me out of my comfort zone but also opens the possibilities beyond anything you could imagine, a place where others can see themselves in you. Being a songwriter, you don't do it for recognition, you do it because you have something to say, to share and to connect with others. As an artist, that is my purpose. Music is my passion."