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Ingrid Heldt is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter
who also works as a photographer and author.
Her father was a local DJ, and she always ended up in front of a mike,
She began writing songs during the first workshop given by Bob Gibson, a
fan of Pete Seeger’s who - from being a collector of folk songs -
turned into a major participant in the folk music revival of the 1960s.
Twelve years ago, she met the legendary Pete Seeger and, for more than
ten years, she has had the privilege of “learning from the best” by
singing with him - she estimates - over a hundred times.
Through Seeger's influence, she became the Vice President of New Jersey
Friends of Clearwater, which shares Pete's vision of protecting the
environment, while keeping the spirit of music - folk and other - alive
with Pete Seeger
Photo: Elliot Stephen Cohen
Festival has attracted esteemed performers such as Bruce Springsteen and
Oscar Brand, as well as many local performers.
She runs a monthly Circle of Song, based on the ones organized by Seeger
in Beacon, New York, not far from the home he built and lived in since
the late 1940s.
Ingrid’s vocals have been compared with Judy Collins and Joan Baez. She
has released numerous CDs, including Beautiful Planet, Hope
Road, Visualize Peace !, and Tribute to the World
As part of the newly-formed Clarity Project, she has been writing songs
and performing with rock-pop singer-songwriter Dale Lakata and
drummer-songwriter Isis Ra.
She is very involved in her music and photography, her volunteer
activities, her work on several books and her life near the ocean on the
Jersey Shore, with her beloved cat, Sir Gregory. When asked about
her life, she states, "I'm at a point where I can finally devote
myself to my passions. I've never been happier."
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