In 2006, Afton Hefley moved from Tulsa, OK to begin a winding journey through nearly every facet of the music world in Los Angeles.
Her formative years were spent in private music lessons as well as in the school and church bands and choirs. Alongside singing, she plays the piano, guitar, and a smidgen of flute if coerced enough.
Interests and jobs changed throughout the years but the one constant for her has been singing. One of the most notable of those jobs was touring the world with Tears For Fears, off and on from 2007 – 2011 as more and less, a production manager. The “more” part of that job title was when she was asked by the band to join them on stage to sing backing vocals on a couple of songs.
Afton recalls that it was that experience in which she discovered where her heart truly was.
After nearly 10 years in LA, Afton now appears primarily as a vocalist. Deeply engaged in original creative music as well as jazz, pop, folk, and classical, her characteristic touch and unique approach is in demand throughout LA. She can be heard in the most notable venues, and always with the most dynamic musicians the city has to offer.
In 2013, under the pen-name, Sangster, Afton released a 5 song EP of original music titled “Human Becoming”, featuring a host of LA’s top tier musicians from the creative music scene.
We now find her putting down the guitar and pen and turning her attention to The Great American Songbook and classic pop tunes, familiar to her past.
LA jazz guitar guru, Larry Koonse, sums it up perfectly: “Her (Afton’s) music (and vocal quality) gets me right in the gut and heart. What a gorgeous sound she has along with a beautiful way of shaping the experience (phrasing).”
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Afton Hefley: Afton.Hefley@gmail.com
John Taylor: Lovetulsajazz@gmail.com