Imogen Heap (born 9 December 1977 in the London Borough of Havering) is a Grammy nominated English singer and songwriter from Romford, Havering. She is known for her work as part of Frou Frou and for her 2006 solo record Speak for Yourself, which she wrote, produced and mixed. In 2006, Heap was nominated for two Grammy Awards. She has produced three solo albums, the latest of which is 2009's Ellipse which was an immediate North American chart success.
Musical and songwriting style
For her solo work (as well as her work with Frou Frou and Acacia), Heap specialises in heavily produced and arranged singer-songwriter pop incorporating elements of rock, dance and electronica. As a guest player and collaborator she has proved flexible, working within rock (Jeff Beck), hip-hop (Urban Species) and theatre/film music. Heap is notable for her use of manipulated electronic sounds (and is in demand as a remixer). In a 2005 interview, she commented “I just love crafting and shaping sounds. Actually, many of the sounds that I work with start off as organic instruments - guitar, piano, clarinet, etc. But I do love the rigidity of electronic drums... I would record live drums, and then I would spend a day editing them to take the life out of them. I like to breathe my own life into these sounds, and I do try to keep the ‘air’ in the music. Some people think electronic music is cold, but I think that has more to do with the people listening than the actual music itself." Heap also mixes ambient sound into her music where appropriate: “One night I decided to record my boyfriend and me eating dinner. I wanted to get the sound of the room. So, on "Hide and Seek", for example, you can actually hear the sound of a frying pan. People might think it sounds like rain, but it’s a frying pan. Certain sounds give the music a width and a space, and that’s important."
Heap states that her song lyrics come from personal experience, but are encoded rather than being straightforwardly confessional. She has commented "Most of the time, the lyrics are kind of like my secret messages to my friends or my boyfriend or my mom or my dad. I would never tell them that these songs are about them or which specific lyric is about somebody. Often, when I sit down to write a lyric, it is in the heat of the moment, and something has just happened."
Heap's mother (an art therapist) and her father (a construction rock retailer) separated when she was twelve. By age thirteen, she had begun writing songs. She had already played music from an early age, and is classically trained in several instruments including piano, cello and clarinet. She later taught herself to play the guitar and drums, and subsequently two unusual percussion/ideophone instruments, the array mbira and the Hang.
Heap did not get on well with the music teacher at her boarding school, so she principally taught herself sequencing, music engineering, sampling and production on Atari computers. She went on to study at the BRIT School of Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon, Surrey.
Early work as musician (including work with Acacia)
After being introduced to Nik Kershaw by his manager Mickey Modern, Heap and Kershaw recorded four demos that her manager Mark Wood and Modern took to Rondor Music. Consequently, a few months later she signed her first record contract at 18 to independent record label Almo Sounds. Wood and Modern formed Modernwood Management, and managed Heap until 2006, when Modernwood was dissolved. Wood continues to manage the artist via his new company, Radius Music.
During 1996, Heap began working with an experimental pop band called Acacia, which featured her future collaborator Guy Sigsworth and was fronted by the epicene singer Alexander Nilere. While never a full member of the band, Heap played an important role as guest vocalist (as a counterpart to Nilere) and contributed to various Acacia single and album tracks. One Acacia song, "Maddening Shroud", would later resurface in the repertoire of Heap's Frou Frou project.
Dennis Arnold, a friend of Modern's, recommended Heap for the 1996 Prince's Trust Concert in Hyde Park, London organized by Harvey Goldsmith. This was a prestigious live debut, where Heap performed four songs between sets by The Who and Eric Clapton.
1998–2000: i Megaphone
Heap's debut album, i Megaphone (an anagram of "Imogen Heap") was a mixture of self-penned and self-produced tracks, alongside tracks co-written and produced with established producers such as David Kahne, former Eurythmic Dave Stewart and Guy Sigsworth. The album was released in 1998 internationally via Almo Sounds, to favorable reviews comparing Heap's angst-filled songs to work by PJ Harvey, Kate Bush and Annie Lennox.
Promotion for the record included a tour of America, where the album was becoming popular through word-of-mouth, and performances around Europe. Three singles were commercially released in the UK: "Getting Scared", "Shine" and "Come Here Boy". "Oh Me, Oh My" was sent to US radio stations in place of "Shine".
Heap's early success was soon replaced by problems. Almo Sounds cut funding for UK promotion and gave Heap a deadline to deliver songs for her second album. Upon delivery of the songs, she was told that they lacked "hit potential". Her career was left in limbo for over a year, until it was announced that the record label would be sold to Universal and its artists moved to other labels or released. Heap was one of the artists who was dropped from the label, leaving her without a record contract.
i Megaphone had, however, been licensed from Almo Sounds to Aozora Records in Japan, who eventually re-released and re-promoted the album in January 2002, featuring "Blanket", and a Frou Frou remix of one of her B-sides, "Aeroplane" (for which a video was released exclusively to Japanese media). The album featured new packaging, all-new artwork, and a previously unavailable hidden track, entitled "Kidding", recorded live during her 1999 tour.
Copies of the original Almo Sounds release remain rare. A Brazilian label, Trama Records, currently claims to hold the license to the record and has started re-printing copies of the album in limited quantities. The album was released digitally on the U.S. iTunes Music Store in early 2006. After achieving commercial success with her work with Guy Sigsworth as the duo Frou Frou and her second solo album, Speak for Yourself, Heap was able to secure the re-release of i Megaphone to coincide with her fall 2006 North American tour.
2001 - interim work
In the gap between the end of promotion for i Megaphone internationally and the re-promotion, Heap had also begun to think about her second solo album, and had started writing songs, both solo, as well as working with Guy Sigsworth; however, as she was without a record deal, the songs were shelved.
During her time in limbo with the Almo Sound situation, Heap appeared on two UK singles, "Meantime" (a track written by her former Acacia colleagues Guy Sigsworth and Alexander Nilere for the soundtrack to the independent British film, G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time) and "Blanket" (a collaboration with Urban Species).
In 2000, Heap sang on the album You Had It Coming by Jeff Beck.
2002–2003: Frou Frou
The initial concept for Frou Frou was Sigsworth's, and the project was to have been an album written and produced by him with each track featuring a different singer, songwriter, poet or rapper. Heap explains that Sigsworth invited her over to his studio to write lyrics to a four-bar motif he had, with one condition – that she include the word "love" somewhere. The first line she came up with was "lung of love, leaves me breathless", and the Details album track, "Flicks" was born. A week later, Sigsworth phoned Heap up again, and together they wrote and recorded the future single "Breathe In".
The original idea of having Heap as merely one of many Frou Frou collaborators was subsequently abandoned, as the musical partnership had been so successful that Heap and Sigsworth had completed nearly half the album by themselves. In December 2001, they made the decision to make Frou Frou a formal duo. Throughout the process, Frou Frou work was an equal partnership, with Heap and Sigsworth making equal contributions to writing, arrangement, production and instrumental performance and Heap handling all of the vocals.
Their first official release as Frou Frou was a remix of "Airplane" (renamed "Aeroplane") – a track they had written together at the time of "Getting Scared", which was used as a B-side on the "Shine" single and on the Japanese re-release of i Megaphone. In August 2002, they released the Details album and singles "Breathe In", "It's Good To Be In Love", and "Must Be Dreaming" (although the latter two were not commercially available). The album was critically acclaimed, but did not enjoy the commercial success that they had been hoping for.
In late 2003, after an extensive promotional tour of the UK, Europe and the U.S., the duo were told that their record label, Island Records would not be picking up the option for a second album. They were, however, open to signing Heap as a solo artist; she declined, unwilling to entrust them with her career after their mistreatment of Details. She says, "If you had taken a shirt into a dry cleaners and they burned it, would you then go, 'Thanks very much. I'll bring in my other dry cleaning tomorrow'? You wouldn't. So I didn't take the deal."
Despite Sigsworth's respect and supportiveness, Heap had also been feeling that she was seen by press and industry as "just the singer" in Frou Frou (ignoring her extensive contributions as writer, producer and player of instruments). This - coupled with Heap's growing desire to be the sole or lead producer of her own work - led to the duo agreeing to split, with Sigsworth resuming his production career and Heap returning to solo work.
Heap and Sigsworth remain firm friends, and have worked together since the project, including their temporary re-formation in late 2003, when they covered the Bonnie Tyler classic, "Holding Out for a Hero", which was featured during the credits of the movie Shrek 2 after Jennifer Saunders version in the film. Frou Frou saw a resurgence in popularity in 2004, when their album track "Let Go" was featured in the film Garden State. Heap's "Just For Now" appeared as a song in the film The Holiday (as well as "Let Go") that appeared in cinemas in 2006.
In a 2005 interview Heap reflected on Frou Frou and commented "(it) was really like a kind of little holiday from my own work. Guy and I, we have always worked together, and then over the years, it became clear that we wanted to do a whole album together. It was very organic and spontaneous - just one of those wonderful things that happens. But there was never a mention of a second record from either of us, and not uncomfortably. We’re just both kind of free spirits. I love to work with a lot of different people, but I was also just gagging to see what I could do on my own. But I’m sure in the future, Guy and I will get back together to do another record, or to record a few songs together."
2004–2005: The O.C. and Speak for Yourself
In December 2003, Heap announced on her Web site that she was going to write and produce her second solo album, using her site as a blog to update fans on progress, and even seeking them to be her A&R team for the lyrics to "Daylight Robbery" (which started out as a sample recorded for a television advert).
Heap set herself a deadline of one year to make the album, booking a session to master the album one year ahead in December 2004. She re-mortgaged her flat to fund production costs, including renting a studio (previously inhabited by UK grime artist, Dizzee Rascal), and purchasing instruments (as a birthday present to herself). The agent who came to finalize the amount she was to receive turned out to be a Frou Frou fan. During the year, demo versions of tracks were played on U.S. radio station, KCRW, who had supported the Frou Frou record.
At the end of 2004, with the album completed, Heap premiered two album tracks online, enabling fans to purchase them prior to the album's release – "Just for Now" (which was up for a limited time as a Christmas gift), and "Goodnight and Go", which had been featured on the second season of hit US TV drama The O.C. early in the month. Heap announced at a December 2006 concert in Lawrence, KS that the track "Just for Now" was also originally written for The O.C. as a combination Christmas and Hanukkah song titled "Chrismukkah" but was deemed by the producers to be "too dark."
In April 2005, The O.C. featured another track, the sparse vocodered-vocal track, "Hide and Seek" in the closing scenes of the season two finale and also at Caleb Nichol's funeral. The track was released immediately to digital download services, such as iTunes, in the U.S., where it became a fixture in the chart. The track was released to iTunes UK on 5 July 2005 — the same day as the UK airing of the season finale — and peaked at #1 on the iTunes download chart, as well as entering the official UK download chart.
The third season of The O.C. featured Heap's song "Speeding Cars" and closed with her haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". The show's season one finale ended with a recording of the same song by artist Jeff Buckley.
Due to bad experiences with record labels in the past, Heap made a decision to put out the album on her own in the UK, starting her own record company, titled Megaphonic Records. The album, titled Speak for Yourself – as Heap had produced, written and done 'everything in between' on the record, including designing the artwork – was described by Heap as "more Madonna than Guns N' Roses, more Donnie Darko than Dirty Dancing...left of center, electronically sprinkled magic dust over orchestral strings, harps and things, with great lyrics". Following Heap's guest appearance on his You Had It Coming album, Jeff Beck returned the favour by playing on the album track "Goodnight And Go".
The album was released in the UK on 18 July 2005 on CD and iTunes UK, where it entered the top 10 chart. The initial 10,000 physical copies pressed also sold out quickly, distributed through large and independent record stores, and Heap's own online shop.
"Hide and Seek", thanks to exposure from The O.C., received radio attention from the popular UK radio station BBC Radio One, with DJ Scott Mills featuring it as his record of the week, and provoking strong reactions ("love it or hate it") from other DJs at the station. The track was commercially released on a special limited edition (1500 copies) 7" vinyl in the UK in September, featuring an exclusive instrumental, "Cumulus", to accompany the vocal-only A-side. The track has been featured on downtempo compilation CDs, including The Chillout Session 2006. Other singles from the album include "Goodnight and Go" and "Headlock".
In August 2005, Heap announced that she had licensed Speak for Yourself to Sony BMG imprint RCA Victor for the album release in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The album was released in November 2005, and debuted at #144 in the Billboard Top 200 album chart, with Heap appearing on the Hotel Cafe Tour as well as a mini-tour of her own to promote the record. In concert, Heap performed as a one-woman band, controlling the sound through her Apple PowerBook laptop, as well as singing and playing the piano and array mbira. She also performed the album's second single, "Goodnight and Go" on The Late Show with David Letterman on 11 January 2006 (having been scheduled for the day before, and cancelled moments before going onstage, due to time constraints) as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She played "Hide and Seek" and "Goodnight and Go" on Last Call With Carson Daly.
When she returned from the U.S., having sold over 120,000 copies, she announced tour dates for the UK, which saw her playing to a crowd of 2000 at the Shepherds Bush Empire in March 2006 and going on to perform for 3300 people at the reopened The Roundhouse venue in October 2006 which marked the first public concert to ever take place at the newly refurbished London venue.
2006–2007: The year of the 'White Rabbit'
Heap also announced, on her return to the UK, that she had signed a deal for the album to be released internationally, as well as re-promoted in the UK, with a new imprint of Sony BMG, White Rabbit, run by former Sony BMG UK A&R vice president Nick Raphael. The deal meant that the album could have the promotional backing provided by a respected major label, whilst Heap retained sole control and the team she established for Megaphonic Records.
Speak for Yourself was re-released on the label on 24 April 2006, ahead of a full promotional push on 15 May, a week after the second single, "Goodnight and Go", was commercially released in the UK on CD (featuring artwork by Ryan Obermeyer and a special lenticular cover), and special limited edition 7" vinyl. The track was remixed by Heap for radio to include elements from her live performances of the track and labelled as 'Immi's Radio Mix', which is accompanied on the release by a brand new track "Speeding Cars", which she performed at tour dates in the UK in February and March. The video, which is featured on the CD release, hit MTV and VH1 UK in early April, before being added to other television channels later in the month, and the single charted at #56 in the official UK top 75 singles chart. A special edit of the video for the US market was released in late April, and both "Speeding Cars" and Immi's Radio Mix of "Goodnight and Go" were made available via iTunes a few days later, to coincide with her appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
In August 2006, Heap performed a set at the V Festival, where it was announced that "Headlock" was to be the third single to be lifted from the album, and released on 16 October 2006 in the UK, on CD (in a special digipak with partially frosted plastic outer sleeve) and special limited edition 7" vinyl, once again remixed for radio as 'Immi's Radio mix' and accompanied by a new all-vocal B-side, entitled "Mic Check". The "Headlock" video premiered on Manchester-centric TV station, Channel M, in early September, before being sent to other music television channels for rotation, and promo CDs of the single were sent out featuring a drum and bass remix of the track by High Contrast.
In late September and early October, Heap embarked on a tour of the UK, holding a competition on MySpace for different support acts for each venue, before touring throughout Canada and the USA in November and December. This was her first tour of North America that included a band, incorporating upright bass, percussion, and support acts Kid Beyond and Levi Weaver on beatbox and guitar, respectively. In December 2006, Heap was featured on the front page of The Green Room magazine.
On 7 December 2006, Heap received two Grammy nominations for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for "Can't Take It In". In early 2007, a Verizon commercial featured the instrumental of her song "Headlock". Apple used her track "Goodnight and Go" for feature previews for pre-release videos of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. In May 2007, Heap announced that she would not be making appearances for most of the year in order to complete the scoring for the Disney documentary, and to work on her third solo album. However, although she had intentions of working on the Disney documentary, later on in the summer of 2007, she announced on her MySpace blog that she had dropped out of the project in order to focus more on her upcoming album. Heap had said in a video blog that she expected her third album to be strategically released in May 2008, indicating that releasing it later over the competitive holiday release window would threaten the album's success.
In summer 2008, Heap had announced in VBlog #24 (one of her video blogs documenting the process), that she had strategically planned to publish all then-twelve tracks of her new album, by the end of September 2008. However, failure to meet the date resulted in a later release time. Nonetheless, in VBlog #28 she had revealed that recording a song every two weeks (with then-twelve songs in total) could result in a December 2008 release at the latest, with mastering the very next day. Additionally, she had also named at least sixteen expected songs in multiple YouTube VBlogs and in her online Blog, including "Not Now But Soon", "Between Sheets", "Bad Body Double", "Little Bird", "Tidal", "Canvas", "Polyfilla", "A-ha!", "Wait it Out", "Swoon", "First Train Home", "Earth", and "Half Life". However, by Vblog #33, Heap still had failed to make the recording date again, in addition to many other things that she had lined up. Nevertheless, "Not Now, But Soon" was the first of the aforementioned songs to officially be recorded and then heard when Heap added it to her MySpace. The song was also used on the official soundtrack for the NBC show, Heroes. Prior to making the album, Heap stated that she had many more commitments besides recording, and other projects that she wanted to do. One of these was being asked to perform at the annual event, PopTech on 23 October. During the event, she included one of her new songs, "Wait it Out" in the set, (in addition to 2005's "Speeding Cars), and stated that she was (at the time) about a month away from finishing the album. Nonetheless, in an early December 2008 on-website iBlog, she stated the album was most likely being pushed back to an April-May release due to a "Making-of" DVD, being released, in addition to a desire for a heavier promotional campaign.
On 12 March 2008, Directcurrentmusic.com [unreliable source?] reported that the new album has an internal RCA release schedule date of 14 July with the song, "Canvas" being readied as the album's first official single and video. It was however reported by Heap's webmaster, James, that while Canvas might have been the first song everyone heard off the record, it would not be the first single. He stated this in a topic on her official forum . Access Hollywood announced Imogen Heap's third solo album would be entitled Ellipse and that the album would be released in August 2009. This was confirmed by Heap on Twitter. On 27 April, DirectCurrentMusic.com  "confirmed" that the official international release date would be 18 August, while  Heap stated on her Twitter page on May 9 that the release date had been pushed forward to 4 August, and that her deadline for finishing the album would've been 25 May. On 17 May, Heap Stated on her Twitter Page that she had one song left to complete, called "Between Sheets"
The album was finished, mixed and mastered at the beginning of June. Press promos were sent out for printing 2 June. The Canvas video was intended to be released within the first two weeks of June. Heap's regular usage of Twitter and You Tube to keep fans updated and to market the album. The reaction of her fans on these sites helped to keep her motivated while writing the album and came in handy when a copy of the album sent to a reviewer went on sale prematurely on eBay. Heap and her fans successfully bid up to £10 million to stop the auction.
A Spin article that the Making Of Ellipse DVD will not be released with the CD, but will be released separately afterwards. Heap announced on her Twitter page that Ellipse's first single would be "First Train Home". In the last two vBlogs of the "Making of..."-series published 15 June 2009, and also on her Twitter page, the release date was set as 24 August for the UK and the following day for the US and Canada. In addition, in a final decision by Heap as stated by herself in vBlog #38, the previous title of "Polyfilla" for one of her songs had been changed to "2-1". Though reasons for this change are unknown, a line in the song or the makeup of polyfilla (Polyfilla is made with a 2-1 ratio of Polyfilla powder to water), could have been the reason.
On 17 August 2009 Heap made the entire album Ellipse available for live streaming via her webpage.
Ellipse was released in the United Kingdom on 24 August, and in the United States on 25 August. The album debuted at the number 5 position on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. It debuted at number 1 on the digital/electronic chart, number 3 on the Alternative and number 4 on the rock chart. In addition the album debuted at number 4 in Canada. and number 39 in the United Kingdom.
Heap has said she will be touring Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada, but has yet to confirm any plans and dates. She's planning two tours, a small tour in fall and then "an elaborate stage show" in the spring.
Television and film
Heap has recorded several songs for films, including a cover of the Classics IV hit "Spooky" for the soundtrack to the Reese Witherspoon film, Just Like Heaven. Her song "Hide and Seek" was featured in The Last Kiss, starring Zach Braff, and was also used in a 2007 episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Shia LaBeouf.
In 2004, while recording her second solo album, she was commissioned to record a cover of a short nursery rhyme for the HBO television series, Six Feet Under, entitled "I'm A Lonely Little Petunia (In An Onion Patch)" (three versions were recorded and are available from Heap's official web site).
In late 2005, Heap was asked to write a track for the soundtrack of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe entitled "Can't Take It In", when a track that fellow Brit singer Dido submitted was deemed unfitting. Heap's track is played at the end of the film in a special orchestral version produced by Heap and Harry Gregson Williams, who scored the movie. In addition, she composed a track for the film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, but it was deemed to be too dark in tone for the film. Instead, it will be included as a track on Heap's new record.
In March 2006, Heap completed a track about locusts, entitled "Glittering Cloud", for a CD of music about the plagues of Egypt entitled Plague Songs, accompanying The Margate Exodus project, for musical director Brian Eno.
Heap recorded an a cappella version of the Leonard Cohen track, "Hallelujah", for the season three finale of The O.C., and her "Not Now But Soon" was included on the original soundtrack for the NBC show, Heroes.
Heap recently announced that she will no longer be scoring the latest Disney motion picture about flamingos. She said on her official website that "It just didn't work out I'm afraid. I said yes to one too many things this time . . . it just became impossible to do." However, Heap also mentioned that she is hungry for a score after her next album is finished.
Heap appeared in a guest spot on Jeff Beck's 2008 Live at Ronnie Scott's DVD/Blu-ray.
Frou Frou's song "Let Go" was featured in the soundtrack to Zach Braff's movie Garden State, and was featured on the DC snowboarding movie Mtn.Lab, in the 2006 movie, The Holiday (which featured the song "Just for Now") and in the second season of the reality television show So You Think You Can Dance, and was also on the Series Premiere of CBS's show Cane. "Hide and Seek" is used for season two of So You Think You Can Dance for the top 6 contemporary group dance choreographed by Mia Michaels and was featured in Zach Braff's film The Last Kiss. "Hide and Seek" was also used in the pilot for the failed television series Smith and in an SNL Digital Short entitled "Dear Sister" that parodied the episode entitled The Dearly Beloved of the American television show The O.C.. The Office then parodied the episode "Dear Sister". "Just for Now" was featured in The Holiday. "Speeding Cars" was featured in the film Suburban Girl.
In February 2007, the music from her song "Headlock" was featured in a Verizon Wireless commercial. "Can't Take It In" was featured during the closing credits of The Chronicles of Narnia.
In June 2007, Apple started using an instrumental version of "Goodnight and Go" in its online demonstration videos to promote its Mac OS X v10.5 "Leopard" operating system. "Loose Ends" was used in an episode of MTV's The Hills.
In 2007, Heap's "Speeding Cars" was used in the third installment of the ABC miniseries Fallen and also in the 2007 movie Suburban Girl starring Alec Baldwin and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Heap's "Goodnight and Go" was used on MTV's Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County. The song "The Moment I Said It" is used in the third season of So You Think You Can Dance for the top 10 contemporary group dance also choreographed by Mia Michaels, in the closing scenes of an episode of the show Criminal Minds and the show Ghost Whisperer, as well as in CSI. "Goodnight and Go" was used on an episode of the sixth season of Celebrity Fit Club.
Her song "Mic Check" was used in the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance as part of the choreography again by Mia Michaels for Contemporary during Vegas week. In August 2008, the song "Just for Now" was used in the 2008 Fall Campaign of the Polish TV Station TVN (Poland). "Headlock" and others were used in the soundtrack for The WB's Summerland. YouTube's DJ Pyro remixed her song, Speeding Cars under the same name and Lil' Ray is going to make a song based upon DJ Pyro's instrumental for his album Lil' Ray III.
In a Season 4 episode of CSI: Miami her song Hide and Seek is heard at the end of the episode "If Looks Could Kill"
The Blue Devils "B" Drum and Bugle Corps featured the songs "Hide and Seek" and "Have You Got It In You?" in their 2009 DCI Open Class World Championship winning field show entitled "Pursuit".
Heap produced tracks for various other artists through her career.
In 2001 she wrote the Way Out West single "Mindcircus" for their album intensify; the track became a hit across Europe's dancefloors and was played by DJs such as Tiësto and Nick Warren. She has also created songs for Nik Kershaw as well as supplied backing vocals on three tracks of his 2006 album You've Got To Laugh – she has also collaborated either as a guest vocalist, co-writer, or remixer for artists as diverse as IAMX, Jeff Beck, Temposhark, LHB, J.Peter Schwalm, Way Out West, Jon Bon Jovi, Mich Gerber, Sean Lennon, Urban Species, Blue October, Matt Willis, Jon Hopkins, and Acacia.
Heap wrote and produced for Fame Academy winner Alex Parks, but their collaboration was not released on her album, Honesty. She worked on a track for Britney Spears' fourth release, In the Zone; this track is called "Over to You Now", co-writing and providing backing vocals on the track, which was produced by Guy Sigsworth, and written originally by Sigsworth and Swedish artist Robyn for her third album. Although the track was not included on In the Zone, it was released in late 2005 on the UK and Japan DVD release of Spears' Chaotic EP. Her songs (both specially composed and album tracks) comprise the principal score for Mark Ravenhill's pool (no water) play, performed by Frantic Assembly and toured around the UK. Also in 2006, Heap collaborated with Josh Groban on his multiplatinum third album Awake, co-writing and producing the song "Now Or Never", on which she played all the instruments ("It was a true thrill to work with you", wrote Groban in album's liner notes).
Heap sings on the Temposhark duet "Not That Big" which is a remix on iTunes and the original version is coming out on the soon-to-be-released Temposhark album The Invisible Line. Heap features on ex-Busted singer Matt Willis' album Don't Let It Go to Waste on a song called "Who You Gonna Run To" and helped with b-side "Not Over" with an Imogen Heap vibe throughout the song. "Hide and Seek" is featured as a remixed version on Tiesto's In Search of Sunrise 6.
In 2008 she participated in a music album called Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace, which is an initiative to support Tibet, Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and to underline the human rights situation in Tibet. The album was issued on 5 August via iTunes and on 19 August in music stores around the world. On 12 October 2008, Heap also Participated in "Run 10k: Cancer Research UK," placing fifth of the women in the actual run and raising over £1000 for the cause with the help of her fans.
- iMegaphone (1998) (Almo Sounds/Aozora Records)
- Speak for Yourself (2005) (Megaphonic Records/RCA Victor/White Rabbit)
- Ellipse (2009) (Megaphonic Records/RCA Victor/White Rabbit)
- "Getting Scared" (1998)
- "Shine" (1998)
- "Come Here Boy" (1998)
- "Speeding Cars" (2005)
- "Hide and Seek" (2005)
- "Goodnight and Go" (2006)
- "Headlock" (2006)
- "Not Now, But Soon" (2008)
- "First Train Home" (2009)
- "Live Sessions (iTunes Exclusive) - EP" (2006)
- "The Song That Never Was - EP" (2009)
- Details (2002 • Island Records/MCA/Universal) (UK: #128)
- "Breathe In" (single) (2002 • Island Records/Universal) (UK: #44)
- "Its Good To Be In Love" (single) (2002 • Island Records/Universal)
- "Must Be Dreaming" (single) (2002 • Island Records/Universal)
- "Let Go" (Promotional single)
- Hate EP by Acacia (1996 • Radar Records)
- Sway EP by Acacia (1996 • Radar Records)
- Maddening Shroud EP by Acacia (1997 • WEA)
- Cradle by Acacia - all tracks except "Wire" (1997 • WEA)
- Blanket by Urban Species – "Blanket" and "Predictably Unpredictable" (1998)
- Amor Fati by Mich Gerber – "Embers of Love", "Sirens Call (Qishm)" and "Mare" (2000)
- ¡Viva Nueva! by Rustic Overtones – "Valentine's Day Massacre" (2001 • Tommy Boy Records)
- You Had It Coming by Jeff Beck – "Dirty Mind" and "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (2001 • Sony Music)
- Tell 'Em Who We Are by LHB – "Coming Up For Air" (2003 • Telstar TV)
- Contact Note by Jon Hopkins – "Second Sense" (2004 • Just Music)
- It's Better To Have Loved EP by Temposhark – "Not That Big (Metronomy Remix)" (2005 • Paper & Glue)
- Foiled by Blue October – "Congratulations" (2006 • Universal Records)
- Musikain by J.P. Schwalm – "P.I.N." (2006 • Musikain Records)
- The Invisible Line by Temposhark – "Not That Big" (2007 • Paper & Glue)
- Kingdom of Welcome Addiction by IAMX – "My Secret Friend" (2009 • Metropolis Records)
- I Still Know What You Did Last Summer soundtrack – "Getting Scared" – (1998 • Warner Music Group)
- Virtual Sexuality soundtrack – "Come Here Boy" – (1998 • EMI)
- G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time soundtrack – "Mean Time" (with GMT) – (1999 • Island Records/Universal)
- Women Talking Dirty soundtrack – "Getting Scared" – (2001 • Polygram International)
- American Psycho 2: All American Girl soundtrack – "Angry Angel" – (2002 • Rondor Music (London) Ltd)
- Garden State – "Let Go" – (2004 • Epic Records/Sony BMG)
- Nearing Grace Soundtrack – "The Walk" – (2005 • Sony BMG)
- Music from the OC: Mix 4 – "Goodnight and Go" – (2005 • Warner Music Group)
- Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends – "I'm A Lonely Little Petunia (In An Onion Patch)" – (2005 • Astralwerks/EMI)
- Just Like Heaven Soundtrack – "Spooky" – (2005 • Sony BMG)
- Music from the OC: Mix 5 – "Hide and Seek" – (2005 • Warner Music Group)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – "Can't Take It In" – (2005 • Disney Records/EMI)
- The Last Kiss soundtrack – "Hide and Seek" – (2005 • Lakeshore Pictures)
- Plague Songs – "Glittering Clouds (Locusts)" – (2006 • 4AD)
- So You Think You Can Dance (US) – "Hide and Seek" – (2006)
- So You Think You Can Dance (US) – "Let Go" – (2006)
- The Black Donnellys - "The Moment I Said It" - (2007)
- In Search of Sunrise 6 – "Hide and Seek" (Tiëstos' In Search Of Sunrise Remix) – (2007)
- The Holiday – "Just For Now" and "Let Go" (Under 'Frou Frou') - (2006)
- So You Think You Can Dance – "The Moment I Said It" – (2007)
- Heroes Original Soundtrack – "Not Now, But Soon" – (2008 • NBC Records)
- Criminal Minds – "The Moment I Said It" – (2008)
- Songs For Tibet – The Art of Peace' – "Hide & Seek 2" - (2008)
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