Heather Headley was born in Trinidad on October 5, 1974 to Hannah and Eric Headley. Her father was a pastor in Barataria, a little way outside the capital, Port of Spain, and some of Headley’s earliest musical exposure – and her values – came from singing and playing the piano in the church.
She attended St Vincent Anglican Girls’ School and then St George’s College in Trinidad before moving to the United States, where her father was offered a job as a pastor in Indiana. She remembers her Trini childhood fondly – “I wouldn’t trade it for the world – the village, the community” – and credits Trinidad, and in particular members of her church and teachers at her schools, with nurturing her budding artistic talents, and making her believe that she could achieve anything.
In particular, she remembers Standard Five teacher Miss Des Vignes, and groundbreaking women like Penny Commissiong (Miss Universe 1977) and Giselle Laronde (Miss World 1986).
Read the Heather Headley’s full interview by Caroline Taylor over at Caribbean Beat.