Heidi Hood has been singing, acting, administrating, and running her own businesses for as long as she can remember. The fourth of five home schooled musical siblings who all began their classical piano training at the age of seven, Heidi always had a flare for the dramatic and manifested her strong will and voice from the cradle. When she turned ten, she received her first formal voice lessons as a gift from her parents, and the journey to fulfilling her dream of professional singing began. In addition to studying piano and voice, Heidi began writing songs of her own as well, composing her very first one at the age of eleven. Growing up in a pastor’s family that sometimes had to live without, Heidi became heavily interested in finding ways to earn her keep and support her family even as a child. As a result, she found herself earning money cleaning family’s houses, designing business plans, setting up an informal nail salon “business,” creating a rollerblading show for tickets, and more. Always very active in music and the arts at her church from a young age, Heidi also performed in Christmas children’s musicals, wrote and performed skits in children’s church, danced with the liturgical dance troupe at the age of twelve, and was accepted to the church music band at the age of thirteen.
Born and raised in California, Heidi relocated to Waxahachie, Texas with her family in 2007. Then as sophomore in high school, she continued to pursue music with greater diligence, achieving the Outstanding Musicianship Award from the Arlington Music Teachers Association for excellence in piano performance and theory testing. It was also during this time that Heidi took guitar lessons for almost two years, writing songs more consistently and recording one of her originals in her guitar teachers studio at the age of sixteen. Heidi competed at the District and National level for Songwriting and Female Vocal Solo in the Assemblies of God annual Fine Arts Festival. At the district level, she was awarded first place for Piano Solo; and at the national level, she ranked in the Top Five piano performers for two consecutive years before winning National Merit in her final year of competing. Heidi was also awarded first place at the Texas-Wesleyan University Youth-Duo Piano Competition along with her younger brother and duet partner, Derek Borden.
Heidi went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, Theatre Minor, and Associates in Bible from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, graduating with her diploma and 4.0GPA within three and a half years. While attending SAGU, Heidi became the featured solo vocalist for the SAGU jazz band and participated in several of the SAGU chorale concerts and tours. Heavily involved in the SAGU theatre program, Heidi enjoyed playing roles such as M’Lynn Eatenton from Steel Magnolias, Carrie Watts from Trip to Bountiful, among others. It was for her portrayal of Carrie Watts that Heidi earned the SAGU Actress of the Year Award. It was also during her time at SAGU that Heidi competed in the Assemblies of God National Fine Arts Kappa Tau Festival, taking first place for Female Vocal Solo and Drama Solo. Always involved in her church, Heidi continued to play on her church praise and worship band, write and perform dramas for ministry, as well as direct the children’s Christmas musicals. She also taught in the weekly children’s ministries program as well. During her last two years earning her bachelors degree, Heidi began receiving invitations to sing the National Anthem at various large events and functions in the DFW metroplex, where she began performing professionally. She also began playing piano professionally as the choral pianist for Red Oak High School prior to her graduation. While still attending SAGU, Heidi began teaching private music lessons out of the practice rooms and later opened her own studio location after graduating with her degree in December of 2013.
Post graduation, Heidi continued to teach piano and voice, eventually incorporating acting classes into her program as well. After being cast as Marian Paroo in The Music Man, she went on to take ballet and movement classes for a time at KD Conservatory in Dallas and also took film classes at Nancy Chartier Studios. Afterwards, Heidi played various roles at different theaters, including Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Queen Elizabeth I (The Pirate Queen), Yente (Fiddler on the Roof), Margaret Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility), among others. During her time playing Mary Poppins, Heidi’s SAGU sweetheart Grant Hood proposed and they were married in May of 2016 shortly after the show had closed. Also during her time as Mary Poppins, Heidi met a fellow actress who introduced her to the art of “professional princessing.” It was not long before Heidi’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked into high gear, and she found herself building her own princess party entertainment business, Feeling Fanciful, combining this company along with Heidi Hood Studios to comprise Heidi Hood Music & Entertainment.
As Heidi continued to perform and teach, more theatre directing opportunities came her way; and Heidi directed the Christmas program for the SALT Educational Coop, music directed Beauty and the Beast at Love Your City Theatre, created and directed the Family Music Theatre’s annual award show of 2017, and music directed Xanadu at Kennedale High School. Now, happily married and always ambitious, Heidi continues to do what she loves most for her living – auditioning and performing around the metroplex, teaching and mentoring young artists, directing musicals and various productions, ministering through the arts at her church, and “playing dress up” to entertain all the young at heart! “If I can bring light and hope to the world around me while I glorify God with everything that He has given me, I am living my dreams.” ~Heidi Hood