About Stealin Horses
Stealin Horses grew out of Kiya's college band Radio Cafe. Castle Records in Franklin, TN signed Kiya and drummer Kopana Terry as Stealin Horses and then sold the band to Arista during a folk-signing craze and bidding war with 17 other labels.The band was signed at the first SXSW music festival in 1987. Stealin Horses released their self-titled debut CD in 1988.The CD featured outstanding California session musicians such as Russ Kunkel and Toto. The CD even has an appearance by Neil Young. The single, Turnaround, topped #32 on the AOR charts with medium play rotation on MTV. Stealin Horses toured the US and Canada playing with acts including Level 42, Wang Chung, James Brown, Rank and File, The Smithereens and The Stray Cats, culminating with a 1990 performance at Farm Aid IV. The group re-formed to tour as a five-piece in Oklahoma after being dropped from Arista in 1991. Stealin Horses played at SXSW for a second time and then signed to Mississippi label, Waldoxy/Malaco. The band released, Mesa and Mandolins in 1991. They toured constantly for two years and disbanded in 1993. Kiya released a solo album called True Frontiers, in 1993, for Malaco, which garnered a #1 on the Indie Americana charts with Home. A new Stealin Horses project is in the works for Spring 2014.Stealin Horses is celebrating it's 25th anniversary this year. For more on Stealin Horses see Kopana Terry's excellent site. Kiya Heartwood started the folk duo Wishing Chair in 1995. Heartwood went solo in 2012. More on KIya Heartwood at www.kiyaheartwood.com.