“When it comes to Heart By Heart, expect some very skilled dedicated musicians, including original HEART members Mike Derosier and Steve Fossen, who love, respect and honor the songs and historical significance of the music of HEART.” – Heart By Heart
Steve Fossen – Bass (Original, Founding Member of HEART)
Michael Derosier – Drummer (Original HEART Member)
Somar Macek – Lead Vocals
Lizzy Daymont – Guitar, Vocals
Randy Hansen – Guitar
Bob Rivers – Keyboards
In 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored the talents and contribution of the original six members of HEART: Ann and Nancy Wilson, Howard Leese, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier. Steve and Mike are proving that they still have a lot of love left to give to the music world as they announce plans for their latest project – Heart By Heart.
Driven to recreate the songs of HEART, while bringing the essence and purity of the group back to the stage, Heart By Heart was created to offer fans the unique experience that only those who were actually in the original band could offer.
“We don’t consider ourselves a ‘tribute band’ but rather the second generation of HEART,” explained Fossen. “With Mike and me at the helm, we can, once again, help bring out those musical nuances and ignite the energy within our own band that made HEART one of the most beloved rock groups of our time.”
In order to play the songs the way they were conceived, Fossen and Derosier surrounded themselves with musicians who shared their philosophy for excellence. Lead vocalist Somar Macek delivers a “jaw dropping performance” with her vocal range and stage presence. Fossen and Macek had been performing as a duo for years, often times naturally weaving their way into a HEART song as if being guided by a larger force. It was during their duo days, in fact, that Fossen actually started thinking about putting the band together. The name “Heart By Heart” came from Macek who said it signified their true feelings for one another.
Randy Hansen, a guitarist known in Europe and America as the premier ‘Hendrix’ tribute artist also collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola on “Apocalypse Now” and ultimately helped him win the Academy Award® for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture, was next to join the band. The group kept rehearsing and eventually asked famous radio personality Bob Rivers to lend his skills on the keyboards. Rivers has had many popular radio shows on the East and West coast and considerable success producing and releasing “Twisted Tunes,” his “Twisted Christmas” album on Atlantic Records is RIAA certified Gold.
But it wasn’t until the group was performing at a local show that they finally found what they were missing – Lizzy Daymont on guitar and vocals.
“We were amazed with her musical talents and how well she knew the songs, one week later she joined us on stage as a member of Heart by Heart. In fact, when I heard Somar and Lizzy harmonize for the first time I had to hide my face because I thought I was going to cry,” said Fossen. Though not sisters they sing together as if they were.
With the lineup complete, Heart By Heart’s mission is simple – to create music that is authentic, passionate, and true to HEART’s original recordings. After all, Fossen and Derosier, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as members of HEART, would never do the music any injustice.