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Local surfer, songwriter breaks into music industry

LEUCADIA — Local surfer Gavin Heaney, aka Latch Key Kid, is making a name for himself in the music world.
His song “Good Times” opened the film “I Love You, Man” starring Jason Segal and Paul Rudd, and was used by Coca-Cola in its Super Bowl commercial featuring Democratic commentator James Carville and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist exploring Washington, D.C., together.
Recently Heaney did a show at the Bar Leucadian in Encinitas. Other tracks from his new CD “All Becomes One” will also be heard on CBS’ “Ghost Whisperer” and ABC’s “Funniest Home Videos” this month. Heaney has recorded three CDs independently in his home and all the tracks feature his singing, songwriting and multi-instrumental performances.
Growing up with two working parents, Heaney carried a house key to let himself in after school. He spent his free time watching music videos and dreamed of becoming a rock star, which led him to learn to play the guitar, bass, piano, drums, mandolin and harmonica. These childhood experiences led to his industry name Latch Key Kid.
“Music is the most invoking way to express myself,” Heaney said. “There’s just too much going on between the lines. Shades of emotion and meaning are best expressed through melodies.”