Elise Hayes

Elise Hayes

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Elise Hayes has performed for Steve Winwood, Gamble and Huff, and Philip Bailey. She has recently been added to the Pandora Radio Collection, and tours in partnership with Artists Against Hunger & Poverty - a branch of the organization, WhyHunger, that also works with Bruce Springsteen and Aerosmith.


"Hayes' arresting vocal presence is at the same time dignified and personally approachable. Hayes arrives and immediately establishes a connection with the audience through a powerfully sweet vocal presence." - Boston Band Crush

"Hayes is ready and well-equipped to showcase her skills to the music scene. Her EP, "Steady the Pace", leaves me wanting to hear more." -Can't Stop the Music Blog

Watching Elise Hayes perform is like meeting a new friend. With engaging stories, a uniquely expressive voice, and catchy hooks, Elise’s thoughtful songwriting comes packed with a soulful punch.

The New England based songwriter has just recently released her EP, “Steady the Pace” and has been garnering substantial praise across the region. Engineer and producer, Jesus Cardoso, says, “Her music is unpretentious and pure. She has the talent and material of many stars in the making.” In promotion of her release, Elise embarked on a tour in partnership with the national organization, WhyHunger in June.

Growing up in New Hampshire, Elise was exposed to a lot of folk music. Her parents were diehard fans of the great singer/songwriters of the 1960s: James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King. It was not until middle school that Elise discovered soul music. “I remember sitting in a used record store in my hometown – They would let you listen to CDs before you bought them. I had grabbed Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder discs just out of curiosity, and after listening for one minute, I felt instantly connected to the music.”

Her love for a deep groove and attention to heartfelt lyrics has allowed Elise to create a new hybrid of music that is catching people’s attention, fast. “I really just want people to feel like my music is relatable. I want my music to be something that people can associate with their lives. If someone is listening to my music to escape or become closer to something they are going through, I’m a happy girl.”

Elise’s new EP, “Steady the Pace” is available on Itunes and Amazon.


"Steady the Pace" - 2009
The Girl You Used to Love
Free Man
Got What I Gave


PANDORA RADIO - Music Genome Project

WKBK 1290 AM/104.1 FM

WVEW Brattleboro, VT Radio

WRUV 90.1 FM University of Vermont Radio

Set List

Sets can vary from 30-90 minutes.


The Girl You Used to Love
Got What I Gave
Free Man
Under Your Spell
Held Responsible
Get By
Fly On
Let Myself Down
In the Morning
High Road
Losing Sleep
Go to the Light

Possible Covers:

Push - Matchbox 20
Apologies - Grace Potter
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Fire and Rain - James Taylor
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight

*Any requests must be sent directly to Elise 2-3 weeks before performance.