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Heidi Maria releases recording full of folksy Americana tunes

ANGOLA — Lake Shore High School alumna Heidi Maria has just released “I’m Done Playing the Game,” an album full of folksy Americana entwined with undercurrents of alternative country.

She called certain parts of the release, such as “A New Song” and “The Star Song,” more emotional, while other parts of “I’m Done Playing the Game,” such as “Make Up Your Mind,” can get bouncy at times, she said.

She credited her sound to the place where she recorded the album, The Sound Kitchen in Nashville, Tenn., an award-winning studio that has listed Taylor Swift (“Fearless”), Brad Paisley (“5th Gear”), Dolly Parton (“Better Day”), Bruce Springsteen (“The Rising”) and Carrie Underwood (“Some Hearts”) among its past clientele.

“I feel so extremely blessed and grateful to have been able to work with such an amazing group of people on this album,” Maria said. “Everyone at The Sound Kitchen was so wonderful. Recording there was such an awesome experience.”

Maria listed the Southtowns, specifically its vast array of beaches, as one of the main inspirations in her music and her songwriting. She said that the local beaches were such a big inspiration that they inspired the album art for “I’m Done Playing the Game.”

“The beautiful beaches stretching across our Southtowns have always been an inspiration for me in my music and my songwriting,” she said. “I did my album cover shoot down at the beach, to tie in my love for it to this album.”

Purchase “I’m Done Playing the Game” at For more information about Maria, her music and all of her upcoming live performances, visit

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