In 2006, Afton Hefley moved from Tulsa, OK to begin a winding journey through nearly every facet of the music world in Los Angeles.
Her formative years were spent in private classical music lessons as well as in the school and church bands and choirs. Alongside singing, she plays the piano, guitar, and a smidgen of flute if coerced enough.
Interests and jobs changed throughout the years but the one constant for her has been singing. One of the most notable of those jobs was touring the world with Tears For Fears, off and on from 2007 - 2011 as more and less, a production manager. The “more” part of that job title was when she was asked by the band to join them on stage to sing backing vocals on a couple of songs. Afton recalls that it was that experience in which she remembered where her heart truly was.
In 2013, under the pen-name, Sangster, Afton released a 5 song EP of original music titled “Human Becoming”, featuring a host of LA’s top tier musicians from the creative music scene.
In the summer of 2015, she recorded main vocals on 10 tracks composed by NYC/LA flutist, composer, and arranger, Leah Paul. The album, "We Will Do The Worrying", a chamber pop/jazz project featuring vocals, string quartet, clarinet, flutes, and vibraphone, was released in the fall of 2016, with raving reviews from Southern California Public Radio, WNYC, and the LA Times.
After 10 years in LA, Afton now appears primarily as a vocalist and educator. Deeply engaged in original creative music as well as jazz, pop, folk, and classical, her characteristic touch and unique approach is in demand throughout LA. She can be heard in the most notable venues, and always with the most dynamic musicians the city has to offer. She is also a member and soloist of the highly acclaimed Pasadena Master Chorale.
LA jazz guitar guru, Larry Koonse, sums it up perfectly: "I finally got a chance to listen to Afton’s EP. I was totally floored. Her music (and vocal quality) gets me right in the gut and heart. What a gorgeous sound she has along with an beautiful way of shaping the experience (phrasing). Her songs which have a recurring theme of looking at people with great intentions and potential who are left behind by the forward motion of life is so powerful to me. I think about this all the time. In my estimation she would be the "it person" in the singer/songwriter world if the powers that be knew about her. My god …. what a gift!"