Heather Nova

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Heather Nova
Heather Nova in Hanau, Germany 2005
Heather Nova in Hanau, Germany 2005
Background information
Birth nameHeather Allison Frith
Born (1968-07-06) July 6, 1968 (age 54)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1990–present

Heather Nova (born Heather Allison Frith, July 6, 1968) is a Bermudian singer-songwriter and poet.[1][2] As of 2022, she has released eleven full-length albums, six EPs and twelve singles.


Heather Nova was born Heather Allison Frith on Bermuda, a British overseas territory.[3] Her mother is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father is a native of Bermuda. Nova spent most of her childhood with her family, including one sister, television reporter and fashion model Susannah, and one brother, reggae singer Mishka,[4] on a 42-foot-long (13 m) sailboat (named Moon) built by her father, where the Friths spent most of the 1970s and part of the 1980s, sailing throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean waters and coasts. Since her idyllic childhood, Heather has played over 600 concerts, sold over 2 million albums and has a career of over 30 years in the music industry.

Nova started playing guitar and violin at an early age, writing her first song when she was 12. Nova enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she majored in film in 1989. She also sat in on poetry classes and wrote music to go with her student films. But songwriting remained her passion.


After graduating from RISD, Nova moved to London, a place she called home for twelve years (she already had British citizenship due to her Bermudian origins). In 1990, she released her first recording, Heather Frith, an EP; she had not yet changed her name. The new name debuted in 1993 with her second EP entitled Spirit in You and her first full album, the critically acclaimed Glow Stars, produced by Felix Tod, after being discovered by Big Cat label manager Steven Abbott. The success of the album led her to record and release her first live album Blow the same year.[5]

In 1994, she released Oyster, her breakout album that was produced by Youth and Felix Tod and began almost two years of touring. Another live album, Live from the Milky Way, was released in 1995. Siren, the follow-up to Oyster because of the hit single "London Rain", was released in 1998, after which she joined Sarah McLachlan and others on the North American Lilith Fair, a music festival with only female performers.[citation needed] After the release of Siren and a world tour to promote the record, Nova took a break while various television show and film soundtracks licensed some of her songs and her record company (Sony Records/The WORK Group) released various singles from the album, which received only moderate play on America's MTV2, Europe's MTV and Canada's MuchMusic and on mainstream radio, although she was popular on college radio. Also during this time, she recorded a version of the often covered traditional song "Gloomy Sunday", for the German WWII feature film drama Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod (released under the international title, Gloomy Sunday). In 2000, Nova released yet another live album entitled Wonderlust.[6]

Over the years, Nova has written and recorded over 120 songs. With the release of South (2001), she returned to the international spotlight with an appearance on the soundtrack of the John Cusack movie Serendipity. She also appeared on the soundtrack to the Sean Penn film, I Am Sam and sung on The Crow: City of Angels. A collaboration with Swedish indiepop band Eskobar, for a song called "Someone New", led to its music video being played primarily on America's MTV. Storm, Nova's fifth studio album, recorded with Mercury Rev as her backing band, was released in late 2003 on her own Saltwater label, went top 5 in Germany, followed by a tour during which Nova became pregnant. She quickly followed the birth of her son with her next record Redbird, released in 2005, again Top 10 in Germany.

In December 2005, Nova released Together As One, an EP supporting the Bermuda Sloop Foundation which operates the Bermuda sloop Spirit of Bermuda. In 2002, she self-published The Sorrowjoy, a 72-page book of her poetry and drawings. An album of the same name was unofficially released in March 2006, which featured Nova reading the poems from her book set to ambient music. She also collaborated with the German trance artist ATB on tracks like "Love Will Find You", "Feel You Like a River" and the international hit "Renegade". In 2008, she released an album called The Jasmine Flower, a solar powered acoustic album recorded in Bermuda, before touring as an acoustic tour.[citation needed]

In late 2010 she embarked on another European tour promoting her The Jasmine Flower album. On this tour, she played four unreleased songs ("Save a Little Piece of Tomorrow", "Everything Changes", "Burning to Love", and "Turn the Compass Round") that are included on her album, 300 Days at Sea, produced by Felix Tod. This full-band album was released on 27 May 2011. In late 2014, she began working on studio album called The Way It Feels which was released in May 2015. Her tenth album, Pearl, was released on 28 June 2019.

Nova released her latest album, Other Shores, on 26 August 2022.[7]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions

Glow Stars 1993
Oyster 1994 72 78 33 43 70 23 33 179
Siren 1998 55 90 24 16 60 13 48 18 28 176
South 2001 35 17 54 5 35 21
Storm 2003 18 9 45 5 22 12
Redbird 2005 40 16 74 10 23 15
The Jasmine Flower 2008 61 52 43 26
300 Days at Sea 2011 48 42 25 38 47
The Way It Feels 2015 34 64 25
Pearl 2019 32 21 24 57
Other Shores 2022 109 20 34

Poetry albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]


  • Heather Frith (1990)
  • Spirit in You (1993)
  • Live from the Milky Way (1995)
  • The First Recording (1997) – Heather Frith reissue
  • Together as One (2005)
  • Higher Ground (2011)


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Mod. Rock

Adult Pop

"Walk This World" 1994 69 28 91 19 13 Oyster
"Maybe an Angel" 1995 91
"Truth and Bone" 1996
"London Rain (Nothing Heals Me Like You Do)" 1998 87 10 31 Siren
"Heart & Shoulder" 1999 76 49
"I'm the Girl"
"Gloomy Sunday" Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod Soundtrack
"I'm No Angel" 2001 89 92 94 South
"Virus of the Mind" 2002 84
"Someone New" (with Eskobar) 88 There's Only Now (by Eskobar)
"River of Life" 2003 89 Storm
"Renegade" (with ATB) 2007 38 Trilogy (by ATB)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  • 2004: Live at the Union Chapel


  • The Sorrowjoy, ISBN 0-9542115-0-2


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  3. ^ "The Stars Shine For Heather Nova". 9 November 2001. Archived from the original on 9 November 2001.
  4. ^ Hill, René. "Mishka to perform in front of home crowd at Snorkel Park | The Royal Gazette:Bermuda Lifestyle". The Royal Gazette. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  5. ^ Larkin 2000, p. 289.
  6. ^ Duerden, Nick (2003). Buckley, Peter (ed.). The Rough Guide to Rock. London: Rough Guides. p. 734. ISBN 1-85828-457-0.
  7. ^ "Heather Nova | Other Shores". Heather Nova Official Website. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Heather Nova – UK Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  9. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 206.
  10. ^ "Discographie Heather Nova". austriancharts.at (in German). Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  11. ^ "Heather Nova – Oyster" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Discographie Heather Nova". lescharts.com (in French). Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Discographie Heather Nova". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  14. ^ "Discografie Heather Nova". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  15. ^ "Discography Heather Nova". charts.nz. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  16. ^ "Discographie Heather Nova". hitparade.ch (in German). Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  17. ^ "Heather Nova". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Heather Nova – Australian chart". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  19. ^ Peak positions for singles in Canada:
  20. ^ "Heather Nova – German Chart". Officialcharts.de. Retrieved 15 March 2015.[dead link]
  21. ^ "Heather Nova – Dutch chart". Dutchcharts.nl. 15 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Heather Nova – New Zealand Chart". Charts.nz. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  23. ^ "Heather Nova – US Modern Rock Tracks". Billboard.com. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  24. ^ "Heather Nova – Adult Top 40 Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved 15 March 2015.


  • Larkin, Colin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music. London: Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.

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