Ramsey draws some of her influence on this album from the beloved holiday music of The Carpenters. "I'll admit it, I'm a huge Karen Carpenter fan, and something about her voice on their holiday album puts me at peace any time of year. Holiday music is homecoming for me, a return to my roots. I wanted to share my love of this music with the world and do it in a way that invited everyone to enjoy something on the album. You'll hear my favorite songs, my parent's favorite songs, songs to lift your spirit and songs to make you reflect on holidays gone by and holidays to come. Monika was also able to incorporate my love of many different musical styles in the arrangements, so each song is a new experience and a new sound. I hope you enjoy my gift to you this holiday season and share it with your family and friends," said the vocalist.
Ramsey and Herzig are frequent collaborators and the chance to record together was a special event for both ladies. Herzig stated that performing on the album was "a real treat ... for myself, for the musicians, and for everyone who will get to enjoy this.""Peace Like a River" features familiar favorites like "Merry Christmas Darling," "Sleigh Ride" and "I'll be Home for Christmas," while also featuring the Herzig original "Ballad of a Snowman" and a charming duet "This Christmas" with Ramsey's fiancé, Blair Clark, a vocalist that has performed in hundreds of private and public venues throughout Europe and the United States.
1. Merry Christmas Darling
2. Winter Weather
3. Peace Like a River
4. Sleigh Ride
5. Breath of Heaven
6. I'll Be Home for Christmas
7. Ballad of a Snowman
9. The Christmas Song
10. The Man With the Bag
11. This Christmas (duet with Blair Clark)
More about Heather Ramsey:
The seeds that would begin Heather (Ault) Ramsey's musical career were planted very early in life, mostly being sown as she was surrounded by her musical parents, grandparents and extended family at their small church in northern Indiana. Family members spent hours out–harmonizing one another at family reunions, church gatherings and holiday meals, accompanied by Grandma's sweeping piano flourishes and Grandpa's booming baritone. Heather's knack for harmony, improvisation and vocal styling most certainly grew from these early influences.
Playing piano and flute through high school and early college years brought in a more classical foundation in reading music and understanding theory and musical structure. In her later college years, however, Heather got her first professional performance training from Purdue Musical Organizations, where her directors and peer taught her to engage audiences, improve her vocal technique and love live performance. She was listening to everything from Lauryn Hill to Celine Dion, Janis Joplin to Eva Cassidy, and Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah McLachlan, beginning to develop a simultaneous love for R&B, pop, blues and jazz.
In addition to her regular live appearances, Heather is very active in the education and training of young vocal artists in a variety of modern genres. She also serves as the CEO and co-founder of the Midwest School of Voice and co-founded Isis of Indiana with Dr. Monika Herzig. Isis, serving the surrounding Indianapolis areas, is an organization dedicated to helping women achieve their fullest potential in music.