Anisa Hayes
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Anisa Hayes


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"Frauenthal Theater Performance"

"Singer Anisa Hayes's style is a deeply personal one. She relates her experiences and thoughts from a singular point of view drawing the listener into a one-on-one relationship... her vocalizations explore both the upper and lower ranges and that has a special appeal." - Bill Seeback, Muskegon Chronicle

"CD Review"

“The songs are a revelation… uncanny story-telling and melodic perfection…"

“The production is superb - with credit going to Michael Crittenden for his mastery at engineering, guitaring, and overall musical sense. He's taken Hayes' songs and given them a depth of production that is radio ready and world class.”

“Her performances are believable as the lyrics flow by... a thoroughly artistic and enjoyable journey.”


"Peer/ Fan/ Misc. Quotes"

“I’m blown away- she’s got an amazing voice.” - Brian VanderArk, musician (The Verve Pipe)

“Anisa’s music is provocative…” - Pamela Balcom, Fan

“…she conveys, in a voice rich with passion, soul-bearing lyrics that bespeak the struggles of being human.” - Homegrown Ludington Area Sampler

“Anisa’s songs deal with honest emotional issues... her lyrics are simple, poetic and at times bluntly assertive.”
-Mark Clark, Music Reviewer, Huron River Weekly “Michigan Rocks”

- Musicians, Fans, & Misc.

"Home At Last"

"Her introspective songs and breathy voice are mindful of Jewel." -Anton Wishik, Grand Rapids Magazine

"... a singer/songwriter/guitarist with a stage presence." -Anton Wishik, GR Magazine

"The lyrics and melodies by Hayes are poignant, wistful, and often uplifting." -Anton Wishik, GR Magazine - Grand Rapids Magazine, March 2008


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"



…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


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