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Haley Shaw


Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"Preview: Music"

"Charleston singer/songwriter Haley Shaw is yet another lava spurt exploding from Charleston's volcanic folk/pop scene. She is contemplative, poised, and affectionate in her songwriting. She is capable of easing the most restless heart with her soothing, nurturing voice."

Matthew Godbey -Thursday July 26, 2007 - Post and Courier


As if it Were Twilight, 2007
While Daniel Was Sleeping, Demos -2007
pretty hearts & barricades EP -2009



I saw an episode of Unsolved Mysteries when I was on vacation with my Father in Chicago. It was on reincarnation and I was fascinated. In that hotel room, at the age of 7, I convinced myself that in a previous life I was Judy Garland. To say I had quite an imagination would be an understatement.

But I loved all of those old movie/musicals. It seems so cheesy, and may not be very hip to say, but that was the stuff that made me fall in love with music and singing and stories (and Elvis Pressly... don't judge me).

I was born and raised in Charleston, SC... a fact that I have learned to embrace and truly appreciate as I've gotten older. There's something about the shoreline that instills in children the idea that the world is really really big. I always knew that there was more out there than my little world.

Writing music really started off as something to do to get my mind off of whatever the teacher was bothering me about (math? is it really important?). I've always been a lover of words and phrases, so crafting them together with melody just came naturally.

At 14 I got my first guitar and never really looked back. I learned to embrace songwriting as a vessel to kind of journey through growth, pain, faith, loving, wounding, etc. Writing became a huge release and, in a lot of ways, a huge relief.

In the fall of 2006 I met Ash Hopkins (bassist/multi-instrumentalist/sound-engineer.) We became fast friends and soon began work on what would become "As if it Were Twilight". The record was complete by summer 2007, and now I spend my time traveling about and playing my music for people. I love it.

Sometimes I even break out in a tapdance and sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"... just for old-times sake.