TWIN FALLS — Two local musicians have teamed up to raise money for a local nonprofit helping domestic violence victims.
Twin Falls singer-songwriter Heather Platts is debuting her second CD “Runnin’ It Red” with a concert benefiting Voices Against Violence, a local domestic shelter. Platts will perform music from the CD at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Place. She will be joined by special guest Brianne Lynn Hepworth, a Twin Falls musician. A suggested $5 donation will support Voices Against Violence.
I really wanted to do something to make the community apart of it,” Platts said. “I chose Voices Against Violence primarily because I’m a woman and I’m at a time in a life where I’m celebrating strong women. I thought of Brianne because she’s also a mother.”
She came up with the CD title after running late to drop her children off at school one day. She hit every yellow light on the way and joked that she was going to run the red lights.
“I’m runnin’ it red,” Platts said. “Just follow your dreams and heart no matter what.”
The two co-wrote a song called “Main Street” that they will perform together on Friday. It was the first time they worked on a song together.
“I thought it was an amazing idea,” Hepworth said. “It’s for a good cause, and she’s very talented and a good friend.”
Platts said there is so much tension in today’s political climate that she felt the need to write a song with a positive message.
Platts said she’s liberal while Hepworth is conservative, but the two worked together on a song called “Main Street.” It’s about meeting in the middle and compromise.
They will perform the song and then Platts will play music from her new CD. Three dollars from every CD will go toward Voices Against Violence.
Platts, the mother of two children, debuted her first CD, “Lighted Windows” in February 2016. Hepworth released her first CD at age 19. She moved to Twin Falls from Seattle in 2003.
“I am very slowly working on an album,” Hepworth said.
Now she spends most of her days gardening and taking care of her family. You can also catch her on the growing live music circuit in Twin Falls, performing at Ketchum Burrito and the Twin Falls Sandwich Company.
“It’s really hard to get people to support your original music,” Hepworth said. “It’s not what people are used to hearing but it’s grown so much since I’ve been here.”