Bucky Heard, is a native of Alabama, where he received his BFA in Theatre Performance from Auburn University. From their, he went on to perform for regional theatres across the country and perfected his craft alongside some of Broadway's biggest names; Jodi Benson, Ray Benson, Evelyn Keyes and Rebecca Luker, to name a few. This gave him the opportunity to portray a wide range of theatrical and musical roles. From Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams and from Rogers and Hammerstein to rock and roll musicals like "Grease" and "Hair”, Bucky challenged his abilities allowing him to become a more versatile performer. Some of his favorite roles include Audrey II (the voice of the plant) - "Little Shop of Horrors;” Claude - "Hair," and he was honored to be cast as the Tin Man - "The Wiz,” by Tony award winning choreographer, George Faison.
In the early ‘90's, Bucky was a featured performer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and opened for numerous comedians including the late Richard Jenni, Fred Travalena and George Kirby. During the four years he was with RCCL, he entertained audiences all over the United States and Europe. In 1992, he met his future wife, AJ, a choreographer/director and singer/dancer, and they were married on March 20, 1995. After a visit to Branson, MO, "the live music capital of the world,” they decided they would make it their home.
Over the past 14 years, Bucky has shared the stage with such entertainers as, Tony Orlando, Yakov Smirnoff, Glen Campbell, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Jim Stafford, The Platters, Andy Williams, Collin Raye, Bill Medley (of the “Righteous Brothers”) and many others. He also served as lead vocalist for Branson's 2000 Show of the Year, "50's At the Hop." Other credits include the award winning musical, "The Promise," the Showboat Branson Belle, and the original civil war musical, "Gettysburg." Currently, he portrays the role of John Belushi/Jake Blues as part of a “Blues Brothers” tribute act for the world’s greatest live tribute show, “Legends in Concert,” at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre. (www.legendsinconcert.com) . In 2005, Bucky won the “The Branson Critic Award” for, “Male Vocalist of the Year.”
Bucky has done voice over work for numerous theatres and production companies and can be heard across the country on radio/television jingles including Branson's national promotional ad, where he sings the classic Doobie Brother's hit, "Listen to the Music." (http://www.bransonvisitortv.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71&Itemid=107)
For the past 14 years, Bucky has rocked the Branson night life with his 10 piece horn band, “The Horn Dawgs”. Featuring a “blazing” 4 piece horn section, an incredible rhythm section, and tight vocal harmonies, this group has been given great revues in USA Today, The Washington Post, and 417 Magazine. Recently, they also had the pleasure of opening for legendary blues artist, B.B. King. The “Horn Dawgs” have been labeled over a “must see” in Branson.
On December 28, 2005, Bucky and AJ’s best production came into the world…their beautiful baby girl, Cydney Reese Heard. They are also very proud of their furry, silver kids, “The Weims” - Zoom, Zip, and Sterling.
Inspired by his daughter, and frustrated by the lack of educational content in much of the children’s music Cydney was listening to, Bucky teamed up with long time friend, and fellow songwriter, Chris Skillern, and began to write, produce, and record their first children’s CD. Heavily influenced by the iconic children’s group, from the 1970’s/80’s, “School House Rock”, they set out to create fun, innovative music that would help teach kids how to become socially and environmentally responsible. On September 1, 2008, their group, “Rock U Mentally,” released their first CD - “Who You Are Is Where It’s At,” to rave revues and they soon had produced four music videos. From there, the songs grew into a concept for a live stage show and, in no time at all, Bucky had written an inspiring script, brought together some of Branson’s finest entertainers and created a 1 hour and 30 minute stage production called, “Rock U Mentally LIVE!”
Rock U Mentally is, Bucky Heard (creator/vocalist), Justin Clark (vocalist), Jeanna Kilbane (vocalist), AJ Heard (choreographer/dancer), Kenny Brown (dancer) and their endearing mascots, “Honey B.,” “Big Al, the crocodile,” and “Recycle Ben.”. For more info on the show, please check out their website at www.rockumentally.com and watch for many more Rock U Mentally creations, including an animated series (of which the first two scripts have already been written) based around their song, “Rock A Bye Baby and The Critter Band”. Stay tuned, fellow “Rock U Mentalists”…. you’ve only scratched the surface!
What to Expect
Equipment varies depending on which group will be performing. I sometimes have a live band while other times, I may only need tracks. Really just depends but I ALWAYS make it as easy on the client as possible! : )
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