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Bucky Heard

Bucky Heard

7 reviews

About Bucky Heard

I am an entertainer in Branson, MO with an array of entertainment credentials including two bands ("The Horn Dawgs" - a 9 piece rockin' horn band, and "Retro" - specializing in 70's and 80's rock and pop), a fully produced/original children's educational variety show ("Rock U Mentally")that has performed for two summers at Dick Clark's Theatre in Branson, MO as well as local schools and events, I am part of a Blues Brothers tribute act (currently performing for, "Legends in Concert" at Dick Clark's Theatre in Branson, MO), I write, produce and sing jingles for TV and radio (currently have a national commercial singing, "Listen to the Music" to promote Branson) and much more!




This guy is GOOD!

By Bill J. on November 20, 2011

My wife and I saw Bucky and Retro last night at Dick Clark's 57 Club in Branson. The band was great and Bucky was awesome. His voice is nothing short of phenomenal. The original artists of the songs he did wouldn't sound better.

Review by Tracy W. Y.

By Tracy W. Y. on January 21, 2011

This fella's good!You can beleave or not.Thank You and have a nice day.

Review by Bonnie H.

By Bonnie H. on January 21, 2011

Bucky was great to work with. We co advertized the event. I had all the information that I needed at the time that I needed it. Bucky was great to work with and very organized. I would recommend this organization to anyone.

Hired as: Educational Entertainment

Review by Donna V.

By Donna V. on January 20, 2011

I have seen Bucky several times on stage in Branson. His voice is beautifully powerful with tremendous depth. Awesome! He can take on a vast range of songs, completely nail them but his enthusiasm and talent level is "off the hook" and "undeniable". He sings, he dances, he acts, he is passionate...he truly rocks the house and you can see sheer joy and happiness from him! He loves what he does! Total entertainer from the heart!

Review by Kip T.

By Kip T. on January 20, 2011

I had a bunch of clients in attending a training session. They came in from all over the US. I took them to see Bucky perform. Everyone loved his show. He is a showman for sure. A very talented, class act!

Review by Cmk

By Cmk on January 20, 2011

I worked alongside Bucky on the Showboat Branson Belle. Bucky is one of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure to be acquainted with. There is no comparison to his voice or his personality. If you need someone that can guarantee you good, clean entertainment, Bucky is your man!

Review by D A.

By D A. on January 20, 2011

Bucky's voice has a powerful rock & roll sound that is unique and hard to find. Enough range to cover any number of styles with confidence, and can either sing them "like the record", or put his own interpretation on it. Also has a positive energy on stage and in life. Nobody else does what Bucky does. People will leave your event asking "who was that singer?"

Hired as: Singer/Songwriter

Booking Info

  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Languages: English



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. ((link hidden)) . 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." ((link hidden))

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 (link hidden) 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!

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Setup Requirements

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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