The Story of Heart By Heart

Photos by Glenda S. Paradee

Heart To Heart Performed at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, AZ. They were totally amazing. They were the best tribute band I have ever heard. They sounded just like HEART.

In 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored the talents and contribution of the original six members of HEART: Ann and Nancy Wilson, Howard Leese, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier. Steve and Mike are proving that they still have a lot of love left to give to the music world as they announce plans for their latest project – Heart By Heart.

Driven to recreate the songs of HEART, while bringing the essence and purity of the group back to the stage, Heart By Heart was created to offer fans the unique experience that only those who were actually in the original band could offer.

“With Mike and me at the helm, we can, once again, help bring out those musical nuances and ignite the energy within our own band that made HEART one of the most beloved rock groups of our time,” explained Fossen.

In order to play the songs the way they were conceived, Fossen and Derosier surrounded themselves with musicians who shared their philosophy for excellence. Lead vocalist Somar Macek delivers a “jaw dropping performance” with her vocal range and stage presence. Fossen and Macek had been performing as a duo for years, often times naturally weaving their way into a HEART song as if being guided by a larger force. It was during their duo days, in fact, that Fossen actually started thinking about putting the band together. The name “Heart By Heart” came from Macek who said it signified their true feelings for one another.

Randy Hansen, a guitarist known in Europe and America as the premier ‘Hendrix’ tribute artist also collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola on “Apocalypse Now” and ultimately helped him win the Academy Award® for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture, was next to join the band. The group kept rehearsing and eventually asked famous radio personality Bob Rivers to lend his skills on the keyboards.

But it wasn’t until the group was performing at a local show that they finally found what they were missing – Lizzy Daymont on guitar and vocals. After the 2015 departure of Rivers she is also playing some keyboards as well.

“We were amazed with her musical talents and how well she knew the songs, one week later she joined us on stage as a member of Heart by Heart. In fact, when I heard Somar and Lizzy harmonize for the first time I had to hide my face because I thought I was going to cry,” said Fossen. Though not sisters they sing together as if they were.

With the lineup complete, Heart By Heart’s mission is simple – to create music that is authentic, passionate, and true to HEART’s original recordings. After all, Fossen and Derosier, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as members of HEART, would never do the music any injustice.

“When I first discovered Heart By Heart, I thought they were just a HEART tribute band – a really, really great HEART tribute band. I was excited to meet two rock legends – Steve and Mike – and to hear the band in person. What I wasn¹t prepared for was how amazing this band sounded,” said Tom Moon, of Starleigh Entertainment. “It wasn’t just that they are all world class players and singers, they are, but what astounded me most was the authenticity with which they played the material. Heart By Heart is way beyond a tribute band, their performance is a real and impactful musical experience, once you hear what they do, you cannot help but be won over.”

The Band

Steve Fossen

Steve Fossen, is a founding member and original bassist for Heart. His work on the albums “Dreamboat Annie,” “Little Queen,” “Magazine,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Bebe le Strange,” as well as several greatest hits and compilations, has been a staple of radio since their releases, selling tens of millions of copies. Heart was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Michael Derosier

Michael Derosier, joined Heart during the recording of Heart’s first album, “Dreamboat Annie”, and is known for having one of the heaviest, most distinctive sounds and quickest feet behind the drums. Derosier is celebrated for his work on classic Heart hits such as Barracuda, Mistral Wind, and Straight On, among many others. Heart has over 20 Top 40 singles, sold over 30 million albums, and is one of the first MTV video bands, having been one of the first to shoot videos as early as 1980, in which Derosier appears. Heart was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Somar Macek

Somar Macek, renowned Northwest vocalist, has gained a reputation for delivering powerful, moving renditions of every song she sings. Somar began singing at the age of 2 and has sung in various music groups throughout her adolescent years. She and Fossen joined forces in 2009 to become what they call “Heart By Heart,” captivating audiences every time they perform. Together, they have created their own vocal and electric bass versions of the classic Heart hits.

Lizzy Daymont

Lizzy Daymont, hails from the Chicago area and is a lifelong musician having started piano studies at age 6. A few years later she picked up a guitar, followed by the bass. She attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music and later relocated to Seattle where she has been active for nearly two decades playing the Pacific Northwest club, festival and casino circuit with a variety of original and cover bands. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to any musical situation. More about Lizzy…

Randy Hansen

Randy Hansen, is an American guitarist, songwriter, artist, and occasional actor who is best known for his work contributing to the sound track of Apocalypse Now, the 1980 Academy Award Winner for Best Sound. He is also the founder of the “World’s First Rock Tribute Act” honoring Jimi Hendrix. More about Randy…