Welcome to Ingrid's Bio page

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’d always end up in front of a mike, singing.

She began writing songs during the first workshop given by Bob Gibson, a fan of Pete Seeger’s who turned from being a collector of folk songs 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 and well.  Its annual festival has attracted such esteemed performers 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 Trade Center.

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.

On Ingrid’s website, under “Musician Photos,” is a collection of photographs showing her with a wide array of performers ranging from Seeger to Toby Keith, Alice Cooper, Buddy Guy and Burt Bacharach.

Involved in her music, her volunteer activities, her work on several books and her life with her beloved cat Spot near the ocean on the Jersey Shore, she says, "I'm at a point in my life where I can finally devote myself to my passions.  I've never been happier."

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Ingrid with Pete Seeger

Photo: Elliot Stephen Cohen
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