Heart Songs & Circle Songs was launched in 2018 by Heather Pierson and Rev. Bernice Martin with the release of their first songbook—a sheet music collection of 37 chants, rounds, and songs of peace, empowerment, wonder, joy, and community. The songs are intended for community sing groups, hospice choirs, churches, schools, and anywhere that the ideals of harmony and unity may take hold. This growing repertoire now includes a Volume 2 songbook, containing 66 brand new songs from Heather and Bernice. CDs and books are available at the online store.
Heart Songs & Circle Songs is an ongoing interactive project to nurture harmony and community in the world through the teaching and sharing of original songs. In worship service, song circle, workshop, or concert format, Heather and Bernice are available to bring this work into churches, schools, homes, community centers, and informal gatherings.
Heather Pierson is a singer, songwriter, pianist, song leader, and performer who frequently tours throughout the United States both as a solo artist and with her trio. She has released fourteen albums and several singles of her original music, ranging in style from folk to jazz to vocal chants. From 2003 to 2019, she was the music director of the First Universalist Church of Norway, Maine. Heather’s original community singing repertoire is inspired by the power of song to nurture harmony, community, connection, joy, and peace. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Bernice Martin is a community minister, singer-songwriter, and licensed massage therapist. She was ordained at the First Universalist Church of Norway, Maine in May 2016. She preaches regularly at churches throughout Maine and New England and is active in her local hospice choir and community singing circle in Western Maine. As an experiential educator, Bernice has worked in a variety of settings with groups and individuals across the lifespan. In addition to the Heart Songs & Circle Songs services she is available for Sunday morning pulpit supply, spiritual retreats and workshops, and contemplative worship services.