1) HEARTLAND is a AOR band formed by former VIRGINIA WOLF vocalist Chris Ousey.
HEARTLAND’s debut was released in March of 1991 on A&M however by this time the popularity of the AOR / Melodic Rock scene was on the wane. A second album was released in 1995 through German label Long Island, which was ostensibly a collection of demo recordings.
Escape Music, signed HEARTLAND up for a third album, ‘III’, issued in 1996. This album saw former EXPORT and IAN GILLAN guitarist Steve Morris joining Chris Ousey as the core of the band, with a fourth album, ‘Bridge Of Fools’, quickly emerging soon after the third.
Following Steve Morris working with ‘Dream Catcher’ with IAN GILLAN & Chis Ousey working on side project THE DISTANCE with guitarist/song writer/producer Kenny “Kaos” Loney, the band release 1998 album ‘Miracles By Design’.
In 1999, the band released the album ‘When Angels Call’ as a thank you to their many fans old and new alike. The album was a collection of HEARTLAND classic’s, new material and tracks from pre-HEARTLAND Project VIRGINIA WOLF, all delivered in an intimate acoustic style. In addition the ‘Wide Open’ album was re-issued during this year, as the original CD was no longer availble due to the demise of German label Long Island
The 2001 release ‘As It Comes’ saw a HEARTLAND line up of Ousey, Morris, bass player Tim Hewitts, keyboard player Steve Millington and drummer Steve Gibson.
HEARTLAND completed the next album in late 2004 for an early 2005 release ‘Move On’ through Escape Music. Contributing guests included bassist Mathias Gregersen, the GRAND ILLUSION pairing of Peter Sundell and Per Svensson on backing vocals with the MERCYFUL FATE and FORCE OF EVIL credited Bjarne T. Holm on drums.
HEARTLAND announced a fresh album for Escape Music in September 2007 entitled ‘Mind Your Head’ which is the bands tenth album.
2) Heartland is a country music band from Huntsville, Alabama. Relatively unknown for a decade, Heartland signed with an independent record label called Lofton Creek Records in 2006. <i>I Loved her First</i>, which was written by Walt Aldridge and Elliot Park, was the song that skyrocketed them to national fame in 2006 and rapidly entered the Hot Country Songs and became a Number 1 single for them. Highly popular across America, they tour from coast to coast and, as of September 2006, plan to release their first album on October 1, 2006.
3) Heartland were a band based in York, England in the late 80’s/early 90’s, whose singer and guitarist, Paul Banks, went on to join Shed Seven.
Edited by Chug-A-Lug on 15 Nov 2009, 18:15
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