“Funny, sincere, charming” – these are just a few words others have attributed to Nicholas Heath. Although he has even heard the characteristic “blond,” Nicholas lives up to the trademark “a child of God.” One beaming aspect that deems him worthy of this trait is his advice that he would give to the “next generation” – “Praise God if you win and praise Him if you lose. He will honor you for it.” These wonderful words of wisdom may sound easy, but they definitely do not prove simple. Still, it is quite obvious in the life of the 3 Heath Brothers that praise is an important facet. In fact, it is the focal point of their newly-emerging, thriving ministry.
SC: If you could have the voice/talent of anyone in gospel music, whose would you have?
NH: Probably David Phelps, but I like Michael Booth too.
While the 3 Heath Brothers’ first concert was last year, they have been singing much longer. Nicholas, the oldest brother, has been singing with his two younger brothers before they even began school! “Well the truth is, Heath says, “when we were still in diapers, our mom would sit us down on little bar stools in the kitchen and she would teach the melody line. As time went on, she taught us to sing in three-part harmony.” The funny part is, “We actually never really planned on becoming a group. We were just three brothers that sang in church, and then we eventually became known as the 3 Heath Brothers,” Nicholas explains. Nevertheless, God had big plans for this trio that they could not even imagine. His hand of guidance can be seen in their ministry through the many opportunities He has opened up for these young men. Now at the age of 17, Nicholas mainly sings the tenor part with his two, 15-year-old, twin brothers whenever they can get out of school. The oldest brother says, “We are just walking through open doors one at a time and praying that He closes the doors that are supposed to be closed.” This priceless practice of following God’s lead is the key to success, and that is what the 3 Heath Brothers have attained in such a short amount of time.
SC: What person in gospel music has had the greatest influence in your life and singing career?
NH: I would say Roger Talley. He has become a great friend of our family and a mentor to us, and he produced our latest CD, “Everywhere I Go.”
In recent months, the 3 Heath brothers have experienced some unbelievable situations that testify of God’s handiwork in their ministry and have discovered more amazing opportunities to come! Nicholas reveals,“One of our most recent experiences was unexpectedly getting called up to sing on the main stage at Singing in the Sun…and it was our very first time there. We thought we were only going to sing on the smaller stage. And now they have asked us to go back and be one of the featured groups on the main stage in April 2019.” Recent years are not the only time in which God has explicitly shown Himself. The young singer says, “We have seen God at work in our lives from the very beginning. Our mom taught us to sing songs that say what we believe in, and it has stuck. We have watched God answer our prayers over and over again, and now He has started answering some prayers that we never even thought to pray for. He has opened doors for us that we could have never opened ourselves.” The right people have been placed in the path of the 3 Heath Brothers at the most opportune time. Roger Talley is one of those important people. Thinking back on his first concert, Nicholas reminisces, “It was just last fall, and it was a big deal to sing for that long, but our first time singing in a major concert was the first time we met Roger Talley. We had just met him before the concert, and he has asked us to sing something for him privately, and then he called us up in his concert. That was a big deal for us!”
SC: Tell us something unique about you that not many people know.
NH: We are all extreme Lord of the Rings fans!
That is not all. The future holds even more excitement and incredible opportunities for these three brothers. This year, the brothers went to the North Carolina State 98th Annual Singing Convention. Although they had the intention of contending amongst the other well-known gospel groups simply to see what it was like, they won! As a result, the 3 Heath Brothers will be opening for Greater Vision at the next singing — “It was unexpected,” Nicholas admits. The 3 Heath Brothers faced another surprising situation when they were at Nicholas’ favorite place to sing – Dollywood. “We were filming our ‘Everywhere I Go’ video on one of the roller coasters there, so we had our 3 Heath Brothers shirts on. We were walking in the park and ran into Arthur Rice from the Kingdom Heirs.” After commenting on their shirts, Rice suddenly disappeared, so the three aspiring artists took a detour from their filming and resolved to hear him in concert. Nicholas goes on to say, “We were just listening and enjoying the music and all of a sudden we heard Arthur Rice say that he had met 3 boys in the park and had gone backstage and googled them and would they please come up and sing. Talk about shock!! I don’t think that is something that happens very often here! He was so kind to us…and now we are singing at Dollywood this September.”
SC: What is your favorite song and why?
NH: I like them all for different reasons, but my favorite is “Everywhere I Go” because with so much going on in our world today, it’s a good reminder that no matter what happens, He is with us everywhere we go, and it is fun to sing.
Obviously, these life-changing opportunities demonstrate God destined these three brothers to sing, but not just any music. The oldest brother says, “I think it’s meaningful to sing about something you really believe in.” Nicholas picks up this mindset from his mother, who he says inspired him to start singing gospel music and currently arranges most of their music. But singing is not the only way he uses his gifts to express his beliefs. He also plays piano. Or, as Nicholas says, “I’ve ‘pounded’ on the piano since I was 7 because my grandparents had one, but I really started taking it seriously about 2 years ago.” For some reason, “pounding” no longer appears to be the right verb. Nicholas has seemingly mastered the piano art and is arranging all of his own piano music.
Sitting at the wheel of a four-wheeler or playing softball are some activities you might find Nicholas doing when he is not arranging his own music, playing the piano, or singing with his brothers. Surprisingly, according to Nicholas, singing and traveling with his brothers proves to be the most enjoyable and yet the hardest facet about this music calling, alongside of the pianos being out of tune. He admits that while they are best of friends and love singing together, they are just normal brothers.
These brothers have also taken on another ministry opportunity. In fact, they are currently on a missions trip in Guatemala with their family and church youth group where they will hold “children’s Bible classes, hand out tracts, and of course, sing.” Maybe they have inherited something more from their mother. Nicholas says, “Our mom actually grew up as a missionary kid in Guatemala, so it will be neat to go back and get to see where she grew up.”
Still, you may wonder why these young people are so fruitful. It’s not their great harmony, lively personalities, or their excellent musical abilities. Although those are major contributors, it is their belief in Christ put first, no matter what they do. Nicholas proclaims, “He isn’t just Someone we sing about, He is Someone we believe in.”