Anisa Hayes

Anisa Hayes

BandPopFolk

Joni Mitchell meets Sarah McLaughlin- melodic upbeat acoustic pop with intimate story-telling lyrics. Sometimes playful, sometimes heart-wrenching. Stories range from childhood memories to overcoming grief to a little bit of sillyness. WARNING: MAY CAUSE NOSTALGIA

Biography

…there’s the girl who built a castle made of tears…
the boy who got stuck in a chimney...
the ode to a schizophrenic cat… ???

It’s all about the Stories.

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Anisa Hayes’ music has been described as Joni Mitchell meets Sarah McLaughlin- melodic upbeat acoustic folk/pop with intimate story-telling lyrics. With a voice that can go from sultry to a breathy soprano in the same song, she relates stories with topics that range from childhood memories to overcoming grief to just plain silliness. (WARNING: MAY CAUSE NOSTALGIA)

Born into a musical family, Anisa is no stranger to captivating an audience. She started in coffee houses and worked her way into clubs, festivals, and opening for national acts such as Mindi Abair, REO Speedwagon and Kansas.

Anisa also pays fitting tribute to the works of artists such as Jewel, Sheryl Crow, Pearl Jam, The Indigo Girls, Dave Mathews, and other favorite pop and folk artists. She has been featured on several local radio stations and magazines. Her latest CD “Finding Home” was nominated for the Grand Rapids 2007 WYCE JAMMIE Awards as “Best Local Folk Album of the Year”. Anisa also has an endorsement deal with guitar string manufacturing giant ghs strings®.

Anisa uses and is endorsed by ghs guitar strings www.ghsstrings.com

SOME PLACES & EVENTS
WHERE Anisa HAS APPEARED:

Rockin' on the Riverfront (Opened for Kansas)- Detroit
Sterling Fest (Opened for REO Speedwagon)- Sterling Heights
Frauenthal Theater- Muskegon
Howmet Theater- Whitehall
White Lake Arts Festival- Whitehall
Grand Haven “Tuesday in the Park”-Grand Haven
Hart Historic District Summer Concert Series- Hart
Dogwood Center for Performing Arts- Fremont
Muskegon Art Museum- Muskegon
Sazerac Lounge- Grand Rapids
The Rosebud- Grand Haven
Theater Bar - Grand Haven
Shots Bar & Grill- Standale
Bar Divani- Grand Rapids
MCC Summer Meltdown 2004 & 2005- Muskegon

Lyrics

Human

Written By: Anisa Kausal-Hayes

You can come back from this you
said
To a strung out homeless girl whose eyes were dead
I was broken
but you spoke into my soul
You knew I was as far down as I could go

I was desperate, I was hopeless But you held me and spoke kindly
And you showed me
in that moment- I am human

And what I saw reflected in your eyes
Was that I was just the same as you inside
I was dirty, separated from my good
But I still looked like a person from where you stood

I was tangled, I was hopeless
But you held me and spoke kindly
And you saw that
underneath that I am human

And you didn’t look right through me
You spoke as though you knew me
You fed me with a smile
I could have been your sister
I could have been your mother
I could have been your child

I was desperate, I was hopeless But you held me and spoke kindly
And you saw that underneath that- I am human

You can come back from this you said
And you put your arms around me while I bled
I was broken but you spoke into my soul
And you told me that I still could become whole

I was grateful in that moment When you held me and spoke kindly
And you showed me I am worthy just because I’m human
Yes you showed my I am worthy just because I'm human

Little Bird

Written By: Anisa Kausal-Hayes

V1
Long long ago and not so far away
Lived an unlucky girl who had nothing to say
She wandered the night
Hunting ghosts by the light of her eyes that burned with sorrow

V2
She spent all of her days watching herself in a dream
But she always saw somebody else
In that reflection of hers she just couldn’t see
the beautiful girl that she wanted to be

CHORUS:
Fly away,
Come fly over the rainbow
There is such a place
and you're gonna go
It’s your life
Take your dreams and unfold them, the world will be open to you
But you must believe that you are worth the fight of your life little bird

V3
She slept on the wings of fairies and angels
And cried for the things she couldn’t believe
And the truth of her sweetness danced just behind her
A shadow of love hidden by the deceipt

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
I’ve been there before
I know that it’s hard
To just be yourself when you don’t know who you are
To try to build dreams you don’t feel you deserve
When your soul is a broken mirror

But there’s a candle inside-
a glimmer of light
you must fan into flames
With all of your might
And that unlucky girl who had nothing to say
Will shout out her freedom as she flies away

ALTERED CHORUS:
Someday… you’ll fly over the rainbow
There is such a place and you’re gonna go
It’s your life
Take your dreams and unfold them,
the world will be open to you
But you must believe that you are worth the fight of your life
To belong to yourself
You belong to yourself little bird

Discography

Debut CD: "How Can I Speak" 1999
New CD: "Finding Home" October 2007 - Nominated for the Grand Rapids WYCE JAMMIES "Best Folk Album of the Year"

Set List

Can Play 4 hours

PARTIAL SET LIST (COVERS):

THE FRESHMAN (The Verve Pipe)
GALILEO (Indigo Girls )
WHO WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL(Jewel)
MOONDANCE (Van Morrison)
DESPERADO (Eagles)
STEAL MY KISSES (Ben Harper)
STRONG ENOUGH (Sheryl Crow)
SAVE TONIGHT (Eagle Eye Cherry)
BETTER MAN (Pearl Jam)
COMFORTABLY NUMB (Pink Floyd)
WATERFALLS (TLC)
THE BOXER (Simon & Garfunkle)
LANDSLIDE (Stevie Nicks)
BLACKBIRD (Lennon/McCartney)
DRIVE (Incubus)
ANTS GO MARCHING (Dave Mathews)
MEET VIRGINIA (Train)
POSSESSION (Sarah McLaughlin)
32 FLAVORS (Ani Difranco)
WHAT’S GOING ON (4 Non-Blonds)
STUCK IN A MOMENT (U2)
DUST IN THE WIND (Kansas)
GIMME ONE REASON (Tracy Chapman)
NORWEGIAN WOOD (Beatles)
REVOLUTION (Tracy Chapman)
I’LL BE (Edwin McCain)
LETS GET TOGETHER (Chet Powers)
500 MILES (The Proclaimers)
BIG YELLOW TAXI (Joni Mitchell)
SOUTHERN CROSS (CSN&Y)
ELDERLY WOMAN BEHIND A COUNTER
IN A SMALL