Heather Ballentine, is a charming, talented, and down to earth southern belle. She is an entrepreneur, singer/songwriter, pin-up model, and actress. Her life long pursuit of excellence began in Arkansas, where she was born. She grew up with passion for performing, and always knew what she was meant to do. Her mother was named after Marilyn Monroe, which sparked Heather’s interest in pin up fashion, culture and lifestyle. Her father, a musician with a fondness for retro music, encouraged her to listen to artists such as Elvis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, and Buddy Holly, which became Heather’s musical influences.
During University, Heather began modelling and was selected for the Catalina Swimwear campaign, which featured her in advertisements and on the runway. However, she soon realized that her curvy figure would not be embraced by mainstream agencies. Rather than be discouraged, she embraced her own pin up style and it became her mission to send a message that curves are cool. She placed top-ten in the Miss Arkansas Pageant, and was the overall swimsuit winner, which assisted in paying for her education. After graduation, Heather was cast to star as “Ado Annie” in Discoveryland USA’s production of “Oklahoma”. Performing 6 nights a week, for 3 straight months in a sold-out amphitheatre, gave Heather a taste of stardom. She packed up a U-Haul and moved to LA to pursue her music, acting, and pin up modelling career.
In LA, Heather met musicians with whom she collaborated. The band toured 10 countries opening for major acts. They were featured in The Wall Street Journal and noted as “Artist to Watch”. As an actress Heather has had speaking roles on General Hospital, independent films, network television shows, and national commercials. She recently produced, directed and starred in, “Heather Ballentine’s Pin Up Parlour”, a YouTube tutorial series for women. As a songwriter, she has had her music placed in numerous television shows and films. As a pin up model she has been featured in Pin Up Girl Clothing and Pin Up Couture Retro Footwear Vol. 1.
In 2011 Heather moved to Canada and happily adopted it as her new home. Based in Toronto, she is actively building her pin up brand. She and her co-writer Lary Bartley, recently recorded with Grammy Winning Producer, Pete Anderson to create her album, “The Cat’s Meow”. The first single, “Needle in a Haystack” was released in March of 2015. Heather and Pete have created her own signature sound that appeals to big band, swing, country, and rockabilly audiences alike. To see her unique live show is to fall in love with her personable retro charm!
Whether it be in business, fashion, lifestyle, or music….this curvy classic’s style is fresh, unique, and unforgettable.