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Hayley Reardon

Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter




"Video Premier: Hayley Reardon - "Numb & Blue""

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Hayley Reardon, the 17-year-old Massachusetts singer-songwriter, has continued to develop her own unique style on latest EP Wayfindings. The first single, “Numb and Blue,” uses playful, relatable lyrics to tell a sadder story.

“While ‘Numb & Blue’ is a song about trying to hold on to a person who is clearly slipping through your fingers, it’s even more about trying to hold on to yourself with someone who doesn’t understand you,” said Reardon. “It was my way of letting go. And more importantly, finding my words again.”

Watch the video for “Numb and Blue” in the player below. Wayfindings is set for release on Mar. 11 via Kingswood Records. - Paste Magazine

"Song Premiere: Hayley Reardon, “Numb & Blue”"

We’ll admit it, songs that mention Bob Dylan make our ears perk up. We love how 17-year-old songwriter Hayley Reardon call out an ex for “all the Bob Dylan you pretend to like” in this melancholy little masterpiece from her upcoming EP Wayfindings.

“‘Numb & Blue’ of the few songs of mine that I don’t have a whole lot to say about,” says Reardon, who, inspired by Taylor Swift, began writing several songs a day at the age of 11. “As much as it’s a song about trying to hold on to a person who is clearly slipping through your fingers, it’s even more about trying to hold on to yourself with someone who doesn’t understand you. ‘Numb & Blue’ was my way of letting go. . . and more importantly, finding my words again.”

Reardon has already shared the stage with folk icons like Pete Yarrow and Tom Rush, and was named a Bostonian of the Year in 2012 by The Boston Globe. Clearly, she’s going places. Listen to “Numb & Blue” below. - American Songwriter

"2012 Bostonians Of The Year: Hayley Reardon finds her voice"

Hayley Reardon finds her voice

The Marblehead 16-year-old pairs her music with a message of collective responsibility.

By Scott Helman Globe Staff
December 23, 2012

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FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO, Hayley Reardon was a shy, quiet girl from Marblehead. She had just finished the fifth grade. Curious, she picked up an Epiphone acoustic guitar her mom had long abandoned and this 11-year-old girl began writing songs. Then she couldn’t stop. Songs poured out of her. Good songs. “It was a total shock,” says her dad, Pete, an insurance rep. “I knew right away that this was not normal.”

She got her own guitar. She played a middle school variety show and she sought out open mike nights. She found inspiration at Club Passim in Harvard Square, the legendary downstairs folk haunt that helped launch the careers of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Suzanne Vega. This, she realized, was her tribe.

That reserved girl has matured into a confident, radiant teenage singer-songwriter who is now helping to pen the next chapter of the Boston folk scene. Reardon, who turned 16 in September, released her first full-length record a month later, Where the Artists Go, a strikingly assured debut. She promptly sold out two successive Passim shows of her own, an unprecedented feat at the club for a teenager. (Her parents had to drive her there in a minivan.)

But if Reardon, who is a sophomore at Marblehead High, is rapidly making a name for herself under the stage lights, it could be said that she’s having a bigger impact on her peers across the country, as a leading spokesperson for bullying prevention. By pairing her music with a message of collective responsibility, she has become an effective teen-to-teen ambassador, sought after by schools nationwide. And in giving her songs a mission, Reardon is also honoring the deep activist tradition in folk music. From the populism of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, to the antiwar and civil rights anthems of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, to the modern polemics of Ani DiFranco, folk has long been a vehicle for both personal and political expression. Reardon, in targeting bullying, is just taking it in a new direction. And not by accident.


¦Bostonians of the Year: Aly Raisman and Kayla Harrison

Hayley Reardon, who is 5-foot-1 and has a warm round face and long brown hair, was moved to act after seeing the emotional wreckage bullying can cause up close. In the seventh grade, she watched a friend, a target of online attacks, struggle badly and leave school for a time. Reardon felt helpless. She wrote a song called “She’s Falling,” as a way to work through the experience. That’s when she hit upon a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization, PACER, and its National Bullying Prevention Center, which seeks to empower children and teens to confront the problem themselves instead of relying on preachy lectures from adults.

Reardon sent PACER “She’s Falling,” which she dedicated to Phoebe Prince, the 15-year-old South Hadley teen who committed suicide in 2010 after bullying from classmates. Julie Hertzog, the director of the bullying prevention center, quickly realized that Reardon had something special to offer. “We really wanted to give Hayley a platform,” Hertzog says. “She was insightful well beyond her years.”

So Reardon began helping PACER prepare bullying prevention “tool kits” for schools, which include her songs alongside classroom materials. The response has been tremendous, Hertzog says. This year, PACER is going further, incorporating Reardon’s music into a 10-week curriculum that the organization plans to roll out to schools next fall.

Reardon says she’s received e-mails, messages, and tweets from youth around the world sharing tales of bullying?—?victims and aggressors both. One lonely Iowa girl wrote from a bathroom stall and became the inspiration for Reardon to finish the song “Tribe,” about belonging, which is on the new record.

Her deepest imprint comes when she visits schools, where she delivers a program she calls “Find Your Voice.” Drawing on her own story of self-discovery, she encourages fellow teens to embrace and respect individuality and diversity?—?to find their own voices, and to value them. In October, Reardon journeyed to schools in Anchorage, sparking an awareness about bullying that still endures there, says 13-year-old Tristan Diaz, an eighth-grader at the city’s Mears Middle School. “Everybody was talking about it,” he says. “One of my friends said it was like her music was patching a hole.”

Reardon knows her efficacy is limited. But she’s discovered that being a singer-songwriter does not mean giving in to self-absorption. Even deeply personal music, she now knows, can be - Boston Sunday Globe - Globe Magazine

"Icon Fetch Show #171 - Hayley Reardon"

Hayley Reardon has been writing songs since the age of eleven. She's already released two EPs of her own music, shared the stage with music legends like Tom Rush, and partnered with anti-bullying organizations like Pacer.org. Now at 16, she just issued her first full-length album, an entire disc of her own music called Where the Artists Go. Tony Peters talks with the singer/songwriter about trying to juggle school and a music career, what is was like working with producer Lorne Entress, and how she came up with the clever CD booklet that looks like a journal. Peters' 12-year old son, Christian, also helps out with the interview, and asks her some questions.

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- Icon Fetch

"Hayley Reardon: The Voice Of A New Generation"

Hayley Reardon: The Voice of a New Generation
Dec 2, 2012

In the halls of Marblehead High School, Hayley Reardon looks like your average teenage girl. She’s a quiet, unassuming sophomore who loves English class and sings in her high school chorus. But when she’s not in school, Reardon is making waves in the folk music scene, acting as a spokesperson for the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center, and playing to sold-out crowds from Boston to Alaska.

Reardon’s recent album Where the Artists Go expresses all of the bittersweetness of youth with the clarity and wisdom of an old soul. It is at once an homage to small-town New England and a declaration of wanderlust; an expression of wild dreams and a lament over the shackles of teenage social anxiety.

For Reardon, songwriting was a compass that enabled her to navigate the turbulent social waters of middle school. At a time when bullying became a recurring theme in our national dialogue, Reardon wrote songs about her own experience as a witness to bullying. She searched the internet for resources and found the PACER Center, an organization that would in turn adopt her as its spokesperson and sponsor her “Find Your Voice” performance program in schools across the country. With PACER, Reardon has developed a variety of classroom toolkits using music, art, and classroom discussion prompts to promote tolerance to students at every grade level.

Reardon is developing a national fan base through her school performances, and she is learning how to harness the power of social media to interact with her fans. Reardon uses Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube, as well as her personal web site, to promote her music. She recently put out a social media call for participants in a music video that features her fans in front of their webcams, holding up the lyrics to her song “Tribe.”

“I love that it continues and grows,” Reardon says about her work with PACER. “It’s not just about bullying anymore, it’s about making growing up easier. [Ending] bullying is important to me, but it’s not going to be my issue forever. When I’m not in school anymore, the issue will be passed on to someone else. I want to use my music to connect with issues that are important to me.”

Like others her age, Reardon is beginning to bring her post-high school plans into focus. Acknowledging the support that she has enjoyed from her family, she admits to some trepidation over balancing her career with the rigors of a college education. “I want to be able to think about college normally … to continue my music but also study something that excites me on a different level.” One of many factors that will influence her college choice is the artistic network that she has already built in certain areas of the country.

“I’m extremely intrigued and inspired by the idea of what it means to be an artist,” she says, referring to the independent musicians, poets, and artists who she has encountered through her work. “Lately I’ve become more and more into the things that really scare me, that don’t come naturally to me.” While she describes the songwriting process as effortless, her developing affinity for prose and slam poetry broadens her artistic horizons. She even reached out to Hawaiian slam poet Sterling Higa, who collaborated on a track for her recent album. “If I’m going to be a real artist,” she says, “I need to step outside my comfort zone.”

Reardon is optimistic about her artistic future, pointing to the success of artists like The Civil Wars, Mumford & Sons, and Ed Sheeran as evidence that acoustic music is once again gaining a foothold in popular culture. She sees the flourishing of independent music as an antidote to the heavily produced, sterile-sounding tracks that have dominated the industry in recent years. “They fill our need for something genuine.” While folk is a genre largely unknown by today’s teens, Reardon is reaching a new generation of listeners who relate to the honesty of her lyrics.

“All of the songs on the radio were about boys, so I just thought, okay, I’ll write about that. But in middle school it became apparent that the most effective songs, the songs that really reach people, are the ones that talk about things that I really know well.”

Amanda Roeder is a public school music teacher and freelance writer in Salem, Massachusetts. - AcousticMusicPinboard.com

"Hayley Reardon - The Concierge Questionnaire"

Hayley Reardon is a 16-year-old Boston-based singer songwriter that has exploded onto the folk music scene. On the heels of winning the annual Boston Folk Festival Songwriting contest at only 12 in 2009, Hayley released her first EP entitled Beautiful Simplicity, which was followed by 2010’s Hope You’re Smiling that showcased the anthem “Stand Together”-a song penned to encourage young adults to find their own voice and take a stand against bullying. The artist’s new full-length CD, available October 23rd, Where the Artists Go (Kingswood Records), is, in her own words, the product of “what I wanted to say with my art…a sense of freedom that folk empowers me to say it the way I want to.” With a prominent appearance amongst the likes of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Taj Mahal, and Maria Muldaur in the award-winning documentary For The Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival, to official showcases at the 2011/2012 Folk Alliance Conferences, to appearances on DittyTV, WDVX’s Blue Plate Special in Knoxville and Morning Edition on NPR affiliate WBUR in Boston, as well as recently graduating from a summer performance program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, all signs for Reardon are quickly pointing due north.
- The Concierge Questionnaire

"Review Fix Exclusive: Hayley Reardon Interview"

Review Fix chats with 15-year-old singer/songwriter Hayley Reardon who gives us the scoop on her mature sound, influences, goals for the future and her debut album, “Where the Artists Go.”

A music lover with an original sound, the future is a bright one for this already accomplished and up and coming star.

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"Hayley Reardon: The Popdose Interview"

Hayley Reardon: The Popdose Interview
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Part of me fears for Hayley Reardon. The 16-year-old singer/songwriter’s voice has the same timbre as Kasey Chambers, or a young Maria McKee, and in that voice I hear the echoes of records I’ve loved for longer than she’s been alive. She employs that voice in the service of self-penned songs whose concerns ping back and forth between empowerment and vulnerability, joy and confusion. They are at once universal and unique to her experience as a young woman—open to interpretation, to the layering on of the listener’s experiences and impressions, as good songs often are.

But they are also the work of a teenager, and that is why part of me fears for her. On her fine debut album, Where the Artists Go (Kingswood), she displays an emotional openness typical of a teen’s diaristic tendencies, but with the musical vocabulary of adult pop, throwing open her candid musings to anyone within earshot. Indeed, the marketing of the album seems to aim it directly at grown-ups, even as Reardon engages her peers in anti-bullying efforts (through her “Find Your Voice” program) and plays coffeehouses (and, recently, a middle school in Alaska).

America has a long history of embracing precocity in its youthful performers before relegating them to has-been status and “Where Are They Now?” features, often before they’ve developed the emotional tools to handle themselves. Should her record find the audience it deserves, Reardon will do a lot of learning in public, and I hope she’s able. Certainly, the songs on Where the Artists Go bode well for her creative development; tracks like “Only Pretending,” “Change” and “Goodbye Song” display maturity and confidence in her craft, while “Tribe,” “There You Are with Me,” and “Music” are full with youthful perspective and contagious energy.

It will be fun to watch Reardon develop her voice and her writing, even as I remain nervous about the other stuff. I recently conducted an email exchange with her, touching on the topics of her album, her collaborators, and her expectations.


Let’s get the age thing out of the way first. I don’t know, at first listen—absent the liner notes or press materials, etc.—that I would have pegged the songs on Where the Artists Go as being those of a 14 or 15-year-old, the age, I’m guessing, you were when you wrote most of them. When you write, is there any friction between expressing yourself as a young woman, still in high school, and expressing concerns that resonate with listeners who are not in your age group?

Not at all actually. I’ve never been in a place (to date, at least) where I’ve felt like I have to write for anyone but myself or appeal to any specific group of people. It’s amazing to be able to write exactly what you feel and have people relate to it. But if I felt inspired to write about something that I didn’t think people would relate to, I’d do it anyway.

Do you think you have a more mature sensibility than others your age?

I wouldn’t call myself any more mature, I have just as much teenager in me as every other 15 year old I know! I’ve always just kind of followed what interests me, some of which is my life as a high school student and some of which is my life as a singer/songwriter.

Are you ever concerned with revealing too much—in your songs, in your liner notes, in your Web or Facebook posts, etc.?

Maybe I should be? But I’m really not. Obviously, I won’t be posting my address on my Facebook or writing a song with my phone number in it anytime soon, but when it comes to expressing myself, this is my outlet and I’m lucky enough to have people listening. So as long as I feel that I’m being true to myself as an artist and a person, I don’t think there’s such a thing as being too honest.

One paragraph from your bio reads: “Due for release this fall, Artists will appeal to traditional folk music aficionados weaned on Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell while also appealing to alt-country stalwarts, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers and Dar Williams, hipster indie icons Connor Oberst, Bon Iver, Neko Case, Anais Mitchell and Meiko and as well as mainstream singer-songwriters such as Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat, Cady Groves and Jason Mraz.” That’s a lot of ground to cover. How do you feel about how you’re being marketed, or positioned in the marketplace?

Now there’s a list of big shoes to fill. I never really want to be the “next” anybody, so I like that this is a list of completely authentic, original, and very different artists and doesn’t imply that people should expect any certain genre or style of music from me.

Tell me what [producer] Lorne Entress has brought to your music.

So much. Lorne has brought my songs to life and introduced me to a side of my music that I didn’t even know was there. He is so passionate a - Popdose

"Hayley Reardon Speaks to Alaska Students About Bullying Prevention"

by Russ Slaten

Story Created: Oct 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM AKST
Story Updated: Oct 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM AKST )

Original Air Date: October 9, 2012

ANCHORAGE - In it's attempt to build awareness for Anti-Bullying Month Anchorage School District officials invited Singer/Songwriter Hayley Reardon to speak to students.

Hayley spent the day at Mears Middle School yesterday, and today with students at Goldenview Middle School.

Hayley is a spokesperson for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. After writing a song in the sixth grade, she wanted to send the message that junior high would be much easier if kids face 'growing up' together.

Based in Boston and now in high school, Hayley travels to middle schools across the U.S. inspiring students to express themselves in a positive way.

"It's basically about finding an outlet of expression that will allow you to figure out what's important to you, and stand up for that, and speak out about things that matter," said Hayley.

The National Bullying Prevention Center said students can be especially effective in bullying intervention. Numbers show that more than 55% of bullying situations will stop when a peer intervenes.

"It's really cool to have her right there, talking to us about these things, and it's somehow different from having teachers talk about it. I think it'll have a lot bigger impact," said Goldenview 8th Grader, Hannah Watkins.

Officials said silence is no longer an acceptable response to bullying and that ignoring it won't work. Imforming students with ways to respond is empowering, said the prevention center.

"They would rather keep it to themselves than not talk about it. If they talked about it, it would make it better, so that we can solve the problem," said Goldenview Student Estee Frantz.

One of the strongest avenues to reaching students is through their peers.

"It's our issue that we experience, and it's our issue that we deal with, and no adult can kind of tell us how to deal with it. We need to find whatever it is inside ourselves that's gonna fix the problem," said Hayley.

Tomorrow is Unity Day, In which students across the nation will wear orange in support of students who have experienced bullying.

For more information, visit HayleyReardon.com or PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.
- ABC TV / FOX TV Alaska

"Focus On A Peer Champion - Hayley Reardon"

Monday, September 13, 2010
Focus On A Peer Champion—Hayley Reardon
People can be mean, and sometimes when you’re my age it’s easy to feel like you’re all alone. Going to school and growing up is hard for everyone at times, but we often don’t think about how it could be easier for all of us if we faced it as a team. Hayley Reardon, age 13

Hayley is working with PACER, raising awareness of the Teens Against Bullying initiative and is featured as a Peer Champion, joining others teens to uniquely make a difference for others. Hayley song "She's Falling" is featured as a classroom resource that teachers and students can use to raise awareness during National Bullying Prevention Month in October.

Hayley writes “To me, this song is about not knowing how to help someone who you can see is falling apart.” Although Hayley’s song was written about a girl she knew personally, she, like all of us, was moved by the story of Phoebe Prince, a 15 year old Irish immigrant attending school in Massachusetts, who after months of being subjected to bullying from her peers, committed suicide on January 14, 2010.

Her song and lyrics are posted, along with classroom discussion questions. This is a great way for students to creatively engage in conversation about bullying and its often devastating outcomes.

Special thanks to Hayley for her outstanding efforts in raising awareness! - PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention

"Review Hayley Reardon "Where The Artists Go""

Hayley Reardon
Where the Artists Go
(Kingswood Records)

Child stars aren’t necessarily unusual in popular music realms -- Michael Jackson, Tanya Tucker and Steve Winwood all proved their prowess at an unusually early age -- but even so, when a performer comes along and demonstrates talent beyond his or her years, it’s almost certain to take the public by surprise. Sixteen year old Hayley Reardon is the latest example of an artist unusually young and yet artistically mature, it’s bound to win her second takes and gasps of pure astonishment. On her first album, which goes by the unlikely title of Where the Artists Go, Reardon sounds so remarkably seasoned, you almost believe it’s an older artist masquerading as a child in everything but her skill set. Both the title track and “Addicted to Conviction” betray a tension and turbulence residing just below the surface, emotions that contradict the innocence her sweet tones suggest in the otherwise carefree caress of songs like “Seattle” and “Goodbye Song.” When she counts down the opening verse of “Scribbles,” the voice of a little girl is obviously in evidence, but once she starts singing, her deft way with a lyric and melody finds a substantive technique and air of quiet confidence. That makes Where the Artists Go nothing less than a remarkable debut and one that bodes incredibly promising possibilities for future achievement. (www.hayleyreardon.com)
- No Depression Album Review

"Hayley Reardon Tales Where The Artists Go"

Hayley Reardon is searching for a place to be. She starts at singer/songwriter square one, looking inward on Where the Artists Go to find out where she needs to take her next steps in the game of life. The Boston based singer looks to local heroes to more fully understand love and leaving (“Like He Knows the Red Sox”), writes to the pangs of growing up (“Change”) and bares her love for a blank page waiting for her words (“Only Pretending”). Hayley Reardon scribes coming of age into her songs and fuels the message with the passion of unlimited possibilities.

The 1960’s were full of inspirational songs about music and having a career simply by showing up in the right place. The Drifters talked about the lights on Broadway and knowing you can play “this here guitar”. Chuck Berry kicked it off, writing songs about the music rather than about the love or the lack thereof, and “Johnny B. Goode” used the train tracks to keep the beat and then ride out of town. While The Monkees talked about kids with guitars forming teen garage bands in “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, The Kinks presented a darker side, devoting an entire album to the snarkiness of the music business with “Lola Versus Powerman Versus Money-Go-Round”.

As the decades progressed, the songs leaned more towards a life in music. Today, with shows like “The Voice” and “American Idol”, a life in music looks like a cake walk into a career. Voice+Bling= Access, but entry does not guarantee that there are no exits. Singing is not songwriting, and no amount of emoting grants ownership to the music you are making. Putting voice, words and music together is what makes for staying power. Hayley Reardon is a fifteen-year-old with a guitar who writes poetry that happily finds its way into song. Her perspective and vocal delivery will dub her an anomaly. She is not. She is a female with a guitar and a way of seeing the world, and telling you about it, that is unique. She is not unlike all those former decades of younger artists who cut through the sticky sweet gooiness of Pop to get your attention.

There might be a tendency for those who have the need (and by need I mean obsession), to put things in boxes to hear other voices in Ms. Reardon. Yep, she sounds like Kasey Chambers and she is female. You can stretch and find other similarities, but why bother. Hayley Reardon is a songwriter and performer. Given her tender age of fifteen, when writing many of the tracks included on Where the Artists Go, my guess is the words were all poetry not that long ago. Poetry found rhythm, and songs came to life.

The title track for Where the Artists Go is autobiographical in that the words mirror Hayley’s thoughts on the subject; “’Where the Artists Go’ is about looking for the artist in everyone. The song was inspired by an eighth grade social studies project where we were asked to draw ourselves exactly as we saw ourselves. A boy in my class that I hardly knew had drawn a self-portrait that so beautifully captured the explosion of light and color inside the mind of an artist. I was so inspired by the fact that this quiet boy in my history class that I had known for years, had such light and passion inside of him, and that I got to see a glimpse of it that day. It got me thinking about what kind of explosion of creativity and spark might lie beneath the skin of all the people I see day to day but only know on the surface. The song is about breaking rules and being passionate, bold, and original…and even more so, it’s about being proud of being all those things and letting them shine through. It’s about being proud of the explosion, no matter how big, that makes each of us our own artist”.

How Hayley got to these words and could articulate her experiences in a little over a decade of learning to speak is secondary to the fact that she did, and here they are. “Only Pretending” follows the same train track rattle that fueled Johnny B. Goode licks and talks of breaking out and breaking free. “Tribe” softly plucks a reverie rhythm that shows the face in the mirror as different, and the understanding that it is okay to not be like everyone else, as long as you pack for your exit and sing a little louder along the way. Where the Artists Go can be cast as coming of age thoughts riding on a sea of song. Hayley is a teenager, so seeing her age in her songs is not a huge stretch. Go beyond who is writing, and listen instead to the experience, and her words can truly be what you are looking for as answers. There is a unique world view and an everyman way of describing the scene that makes these songs sing. “Scribbles” realizes that “there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s being afraid”, claiming she will never know herself as well as her scribbles know her. “Seattle” follows the street lights into a darkness that seems to go on and on, lighting up the path out of town and into the knowledge that “there’s music tonight in Seattle”. The sound that wraps around each of the songs finds it - The Alternate Root

"Marblehead’s Hayley Reardon, 16, Finds Her Voice"

BOSTON — Between school work and friends, a 16-year-old girl from Marblehead is taking the folk scene by storm.

Hayley Reardon says she first picked up a guitar during the summer before sixth grade because she was bored. Her dad showed her some chords, and pretty soon after she started writing songs.

Reardon’s debut album, “Where the Artists Go,” will be released on Oct. 23, with a release party and performance at Club Passim on Oct. 21.

She recently spoke with WBUR Morning Edition host Bob Oakes about her music.

Bob Oakes: So where did this voice come from?

Hayley Reardon: Kind of like, bottled up. It came from silence, sort of. I was so quiet and so shy leading up to when I started writing songs. That first summer when I picked up a guitar, I kind of spent the whole summer writing as many songs as I could, and making up for all the things that I was always too scared to say. And so my songs are kind of the things I don’t say out loud and things that I hold back.

Do you still think of yourself as shy, do you still get nervous?

I definitely still get nervous. In all other aspects of life, I’m still kind of scared and shy, but when I’m on stage and when I’m performing and when I’m writing my songs is when I kind of feel like I can say whatever I need to say.

So I’ll write songs on the walls that hold me back. No, I can’t break em down, but some words fit through the cracks.

A lot of your songs are about your experiences or the experiences that your friends go through. Do your teenage friends come up to you and tell you, “Geez girl, you nailed that”?

Sometimes, yeah, definitely. That’s really cool for someone to come up to you and be like, “I’ve been through that, too.” And with me as a music fan, when you find a song that you’re like, “Oh my God, they wrote this about me.” It’s a weird thing because no one had the same experience, but you feel like it’s for you and it’s cool.

Along those lines, I want to ask you a couple of questions about another song on the CD titled “Tribe,” but first let’s hear a little bit of that:

Hayley, I’m the dad of three daughters who were teenagers not that long ago. And when I heard that song, I heard echoes of my house past — a little loneliness sometimes by those girls as they tried to find themselves and tried to find where they fit. Is that what you’re trying to say in here?

Yeah. I feel most connected to this song on the record. I feel like it’s just kind of a teenage girl anthem in general. It’s about looking for the group of people, your tribe, who accept you for who you are, and that really want you to be who you are. There’s a little loneliness in it, definitely, and feeling like you don’t belong and feeling like nobody gets it and you’re different. But there’s also hope in it that there are people out there who get it.

You’re not alone, never alone little girl. You see our blue blood it sparkles with this art and words written up and down our arms. And we are young. Yes, you belong little girl.

When you were 13, you wrote a song called “She’s Falling.” It’s about bullying and it’s dedicated to Phoebe Prince, the girl from South Hadley who took her own life a few years ago after being essentially tormented by bullies at school:

‘Cause she’s trying to ignore the pain. It’s no wonder she only wants to leave this place. And their words and lies and memories are spinning ’round and she can’t breathe. She’s falling.

Hayley, what made you want to speak out against this?

This song is actually really personal. It was kind of one of those songs that I wrote just to work through an issue, not really to share with anyone.

And that’s when I stumbled across Teens Against Bullying, which is a branch of PACER Center, which is the organization that I work with on this kind of stuff. And I found a lot of comfort in their website and loved what they were doing and so I sent them the song and just a thank you saying that you guys really helped me out in a situation.

And they loved the song and they were like, “Can we send this out as part of a classroom toolkit to schools across the country?” And the response to that was really overwhelming. All of seventh grade I spent coming home from school and getting emails from kids telling me their stories or about how they’ve been bullied or their friends have been bullied or they’ve bullied kids themselves. And that’s kind of what made me realize that it can’t be a personal song that I keep in my bedroom drawer anymore and that it kind of needs to be shared.

What do you say when people say about you or write, as they have, that your maturity — your lyrical maturity, your musical maturity, your intellectual maturity — leaves them in awe?

I don’t know what I say. I just like to think about stuff a lot. I spend a lot of time thinking about everything and analyzing the world around me and that’s it. So I don’t know whether it’s maturity, it’s just - National Public Radio Morning Edition - WBUR

"“Appealing folk, moving lyrical messages, promising young artist”"

At 15, Hayley Reardon shares her first release, Where the Artists Go, displaying remarkable talents in self-expression both through lyrics and melody, while developing her haunting, soothing voice.

Signed to indie label Kingswood Records, Hayley is mostly self-taught on guitar after asking her father to show her a few chords. She began to write songs at 13 and strengthened her sound. Playing in schools throughout Michigan and New England and later a showcase at the 2011 International Folk Alliance, she is certainly the buzz to many ears in the folk scene and a bright star on the horizon, a glorious addition to the future of acoustic music.

Hayley’s gift for introspective songwriting is impeccable. Nakedly honest and real, she is beyond her years in self-realization, bringing together beautiful words of empowerment for young girls and people of all walks of life, with simple guitars and a clear knack for engaging melodies. Producer Lorne Entress has truly encouraged Reardon to shine to her full potential in the studio during the creation of the record. Songs like “Where the Artists Go” is stunning, a tune in which any artist can identify with.

“Scribbles” charmingly displays her lyrics: “I’m the farthest thing from free, I’ll never know myself as my scribbles seem to know me, my fingers ache for something new, because one thing I’m good at it’s being afraid.”

A reassuring voice, Where the Artists Go is a stellar first album for such an ambitious young artist already making an impact. She sings with conviction and is refreshingly fearless in her nature as a representative of her craft. Overall, a relaxing, peaceful listen.

Produced by Lorne Entress

Engineered by Chris Rival at Middleville Studio, North Reading, MA

Mastered by Mark Donahue at Soundmirror, Boston

- Performer Magazine

"Fans of Colbie Caillet, Jason Mraz and Sara Bareilles Will Love Hayley Reardon's "Where The Artists Go" - Album Review"

Hayley Reardon’s big voice will ultimately lead to big accomplishments. What’s impressive about the singer/songwriter is that she’s only 15-years-old. Like her contemporary Greyson Chance, Reardon’s debut album, “Where the Artists Go,” highlights an adult sound that should capture an audience not obsessed with texting or going to the mall.

Reardon won the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting contest at the young age of 12 and that skill shows itself on the album. The lyrics are well beyond her years and her voice is just as boisterous.

What Reardon does so well is she takes her folk singing influences like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell and nicely blends it with a pop sound that should do well on music charts. Music and media are about getting the attention right now, where years ago an artist could have a couple of mediocre albums before they broke through. Folks like Reardon don’t have that opportunity.

(Photo by Sarah Haferman)

The current landscape is filled with artists like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, leaving singer/songwriters such as Hayley Reardon to sneak in through the back door. However, Reardon does have a few things going for her – she’s young, she writes beautiful lyrics, and she has other successful artists that have paved a path such as Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz and Sara Bareilles.

What may not work in her favor is the abundant supply of YouTube, “American Idol” and the “I happened to be best friend’s with Usher’s mother’s cousin” type artists that filter through the cracks to gain media attention. Can you say Rebecca Black?

“Where the Artists Go” is a complete effort and for a debut album for essentially a high school student, Hayley Reardon has done something that many kids her age could never do – release a very good album. Hell, Reardon has done something that many musicians could never do. Hopefully we see and hear a lot more of this young musician.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com - Zoiks! Online

"Hayley Reardon Takes Listeners to "Where The Artists Go""

“And someday the walls of this town are gonna cave in. And oh, this explosion inside you is gonna burst through your skin.”

Singer-songwriter Hayley Reardon already has a bright future ahead of her. After winning Boston’s annual Folk Festival Songwriting contest at 12, she went on to release her first EP, Beautiful Simplicity in 2009, and followed up with 2010's Hope You’re Smiling, which featured the track “Stand Together”, a song written about Reardon’s experience with bullying in middle school. Now 15, Reardon is currently in preparation to release her debut album, Where the Artists Go through Kingswood Records. With a sound reminiscent of fellow up-and-comer Cady Groves with a little Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat, Reardon’s debut album is an impressive debut. The album, which has a indie-folk feel to it, sounds as if it’s coming from someone twice her age who has been in the business for several years, rather than a teenager. Where the Artists Go is an album that is lyric driven, and is sure to be a hit among indie music lovers.

The title track, “Where the Artists Go”, is sure to speak to listeners everywhere. Says Reardon, “’Where the Artists Go’ is about looking for the artist in everyone.” The song speaks of the passion that burns within artists, and how inspiration can burst through and create something beautiful. Hayley Reardon’s own passion definitely shines through in this album, with songs like “Scribbles” and “Music”.

Reardon tackles the issues of people changing and learning to grow up in “Change”, wanting to explore the world in “Seattle”, and channels her inner Taylor Swift in “Like He Knows the Red Sox”, where she teases a former love interest who asked her to write a song with, “I finally wrote you a song. I hope it’s stuck in your head all night long.” She slows it down with “Addicted to Conviction”, featuring Hawaii’an slam poet Sterling Higa, where she discusses love, singing “Someday I’m gonna marry a boy like you.”

Album art for “Where the Artists Go”
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Hayley Reardon’s 11-song debut album, Where the Artists Go, is set to release this fall. The album is perfect for lovers of indie-folk music, and for fans of singer-songwriters. Reardon definitely has an old soul, and her dedication to her art shows in Where the Artists Go.

Standout songs on this album are hard to choose, but my personal favorites were: “Only Pretending”, “Change”, “Addicted to Conviction”, and of course, “Where the Artists Go”.

Reardon is set to tour the Northeast US to various summer camps and at special events for National Bullying Prevention Month, as she is a National Peer Spokesperson for PACER. She is currently participating in a five-week program at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

To learn more about Reardon, her music, and other projects she may have, visit her at Facebook, follow her at @hayleyreardon, or visit Hayley at her official website.
- Candor News

"Folk Documentary Film Premiere, April 17, 2012"

Premiere of the documentary film, "For The Love Of The Music - The Club 47 Folk Revival featuring Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Tom Rush and yes, Hayley Reardon!

http://www.bifilmfestival.com/00000012session19.html - Boston International Film Festival

"It's A Good Time To Be Hayley Reardon"

It’s a good time to be Hayley Reardon .Zoom Photos. courtesy photo.Hayley Reardon of Marblehead will be opening for Lori McKenna this Friday at me & thee coffeehouse.

.By Scott Olson / marblehead@wickedlocal.com
Marblehead Reporter
Posted Nov 02, 2011 @ 03:53 PM

Swampscott — One of the first things that will strike you when conversing with Marblehead native Hayley Reardon, set to perform at me & thee coffeehouse Nov. 4, is a down-to-earth presence and overall well-spoken confidence that may belie her mere 14 years on this planet. What might be harder still to fathom is that this seemingly-polished professional has barely dipped her toe into the musical limelight, having just picked up a guitar a couple of years ago. Though she does not consider herself from a musical family, there may be some genetic predisposition to her burgeoning career as a songstress, however small.

“I was always into music but mostly it was all about whatever my older sister was doing,” says Reardon of her sibling, seven years her senior. “Whether it was soccer or whatever, I was always into whatever she was. And she was always a country girl — always with the Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney with CMT on. So maybe that’s where it all started.”

In sixth grade, Reardon began the difficult transition known as junior high, and found it to be as daunting as advertised. Coupled with the typical struggles of early adolescence, she had come to the revelation that she just wasn’t good at anything. Conflicted by these dual struggles, she found an outlet in a guitar lying around the house. The rest is history, unfolding in front of the eyes of an ever-growing legion of fans.

“I just decided that things didn’t have to be the way they were, and so I picked up the guitar,” states Reardon rather matter-of-factly. “My dad’s brother is a pretty good musician and had taught him a little, so then my dad was able to teach me a few chords, and next thing I knew, I was writing my first real song.”

Reardon freely offers that at this stage and from the beginning, her songs are based on real-life experiences, either of her own or based on what she has seen friends go through. One of her early works, “Stand Together,” speaks to her desire to try to collectively ease the burden of those trying to make their way through junior high.

A year later, inspired both by the struggles of a friend and the well-chronicled tragedy of Phoebe Prince, she would pen the song “She’s Falling.” She was able to align with PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) in Minneapolis, Minn. in its efforts to combat bullying. That she was able to literally lend her voice to a hot-button topic that continues to garner both local and national attention is one of the most rewarding experiences that Reardon cites since her emergence on the music scene.

“By teaming up with PACER, I then started the ability to play in front of schools, and that has helped me actually find my voice,” said Reardon. “The response has been great from those audiences to the people that send me e-mails or comment on my Facebook page. And I get messages from both the bullies as well as kids that have been bullied. I save them all in a box I have at home.”

Though it has been rewarding to have made a dramatic impact in a short period of time, Reardon is content to have found her niche among the primarily folk-driven musicians that she has befriended while giving 40-plus performances since picking up that guitar two years ago. She has no aspirations to be an Idol, X Factor or any other commercially produced “next big thing.” The sister she grew up idolizing now resides in Nashville, affording Reardon the opportunity to visit the birthplace of many musical legends. She has had chances to take a stab at co-writing songs for others, but is comfortable with where her road has taken her thus far.

“Yes I do think this is what I’ll be doing for a career, but there were some elements of what I was exposed to that seemed to suck the air out of the whole creative process,” noted Reardon. “I just signed a new record deal that has given me complete freedom, which is great, because it’s obvious that this is my form of expression, and it’s so important to me to feel like I’m getting my message out. I like that for now it’s more about the music, so I’m in a good place.”

Reardon feels these days she can trust her gut instincts when composing new material, though she admits she will sometimes consult a friend who will be “brutally honest” with her if a new tune fails to make the grade. She will also lean on family at times for their opinion, but finds that at times it can be a two-way street.

“Usually I just go with whatever I’m excited about, but there are times when my family will convince me to stick with a song they like that I didn’t think was very good,” laughed Reardon. “Those ones I’ll usually go back and rework a little.”

Reardon considers her musical tastes di - Marblehead Reporter

"Teen Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Message to Watertown"

Teen singer brings anti-bullying message to Watertown

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Hayley Reardon, a 15-year-old singer/songwriter from Massachusetts whose songs have become anthems against bullying, performed last Thursday in front of Watertown-Mayer Middle School students at the high school Performing Arts Center. STAFF PHOTO BY MATT BUNKE

By Matt Bunke, Community Editor
Published: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 3:13 PM CDT
Hayley Reardon sings plenty of songs about all the things you'd expect from a 15-year-old. Boys, family, friends, and the challenges that come with being a teenager are common themes in the more than 100 songs she's written since picking up a guitar for the first time at age 12.

But it's two songs in particular that brought the talented, up-and-coming singer/songwriter all the way from Massachusetts to Watertown last week, where she performed Thursday afternoon in front of hundreds of Watertown-Mayer Middle School students in the high school Performing Arts Center. Reardon's songs "She's Falling" and "Stand Together" have become something of anthems against bullying, and her appearance in Watertown served as a kickoff for National Bullying Prevention Month, which lasts through October.

After writing the song "She's Falling" several years ago about her struggle to help a friend who was going through a tough time because of bullying, Reardon sent her song to the PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) last October. PACER generally serves students with disabilities, and their families, but the Minnesota-based organization started a National Bullying Prevention Center in 2005, which is designed to help all students.

"Hayley contacted me, and I listened to her songs, and the first time I heard her music, I knew there was something really special about what she had to offer," said Julie Hertzog, the director of PACER's bullying prevention center who happens to be from Watertown, and helped set up last week's performance. "She talks about bullying in a way that resonates with kids. We can talk about bullying as adults all we want, but kids are a lot more likely to react differently when it's somebody like Hayley talking about it."

After Reardon contacted PACER last year, the organization sent her songs out to schools across the country to use as part of their anti-bullying curriculum. One teacher in Michigan loved the songs so much, she asked if Reardon would come perform in her school. That led to a one-week stay in Michigan that led to performances at more than a dozen schools. Reardon said she was apprehensive about performing in schools at first, because only two of her songs relate to bullying, and she wasn't sure how she would fill 60-minute class periods.

"But then I thought about what my music has allowed me to do, and about finding your voice, and I built my show around that instead of bullying, because I think it all ties in," Reardon said.

Reardon spoke to students in Watertown about not being afraid to express themselves freely, just as she says her music has allowed her to do. She encouraged students to stand up for themselves and find new ways to express themselves with confidence.

Reardon, who is building a growing fan base as part of a large folk-scene in Boston, normally performs in coffeehouses and at festivals, so she said she's still growing accustomed to performing at schools in front of her peers.

"I'm still getting started with this," she said. "At first, I was terrified. When I go to coffeehouses, they're so forgiving and they're usually just like, 'Oh, you're so cute, you're so young.' But I know kids aren't as forgiving."

But judging by the reaction Reardon got from the middle school students Thursday afternoon, they thoroughly enjoyed her work. During a question-and-answer session near the end of her 30-minute performance, one student told her she had no doubt Reardon could win American Idol. After the performance, students rushed to the stage for autographs and just to chat with the young singer who is only slighter older than most of the students, yet writes songs with a maturity far beyond her years.

"Michigan and here, the kids seem to be a little more receptive," said Reardon, who is in the process of signing with an independent record label. "Where I'm from, they seem to be a little more rigid, like I'm not going to buy into this if my friends aren't."

Watertown-Mayer middle school physical education teacher Pam Quarve, who also is one of two people who develop the school's Prime Time curriculum, worked with Hertzog to help set up Reardon's performance at the school. Prime Time is a 20-minute period at the start of every school day where students meet in a home-room type setting and perform activities and engage in discussions designed to make the students more well-rounded and better people.

Prime Time often involves anti-bullying curriculum, including PACER curriculum, so Quarve jumped at the cha - Carver County News - Minnesota

"Indiegrrl Announces Winners of 2010 Indiegrrl International Songwriting Contest"

Indiegrrl Announces the Winners of the 2010 Indiegrrl International Songwriting Contest

1st Place Micaela Kingslight for her song “Aurora” - http://www.micaelakingslight.com
2nd Place Eljuri for her song “Tierras” - http://www.eljurimusic.com
3rd Place Beth Schafer for her song “I Look Up” – http://www.bethschafer.com
4th Place Vicki Blankenship for her song “Blue Flame Trance” – http://www.spottedkivaproductions.com
5th Place Jayme Dawicki for her song “Paper Dolls” – http://www.jaymedawicki.com

Visit http://indiegrrl.com/2010_songwriting_contest.html to hear the winning songs.
Thanks to our judges Brian Ball, Bill Pere, Marta Woodhull, John Philip Shenale, Robyn Taylor Drake, and Libby Johnson.

Indiegrrl wants to give a shout out to up and coming singer/songwriter Hayley Reardon who is 13 years old and had TWO songs in the top 20 finalists. (CLAP CLAP CLAP) Way to go Hayley. Keep up the good writing.

Top 20 Songs & Artists

1. Aurora – Micaela Kingslight
2. Tierras – ElJuri
3. I Look Up – Beth Schafer
4. Blue Flame Trance – Vicki Blankenship
5. Paper Dolls – Jayme Dawicki
6. Moonbeam – Vicki Blankenship
7. It Was Billie – Shelley Miller
8. Beautiful Simplicity - Hayley Reardon
9. In Bloom – Pauline Pisano
10. Cannonball Girl – Jen Cass
11. Gypsy Moonshine – Kamilah Marshall
12. Stand Together – Hayley Reardon
13. Save Me From Myself – Kati Mac
14. When Lonesome Comes To Call – Karen E. Reynolds
15. Love Went Six Feet Underground – Vicki Blankenship
16. To Go Beyond – Jayme Dawicki
17. Beer Caps In My Laundry – Three Penny Opus
18. 4 Little Girls – Pantera Saint-Montaigne
19. Goodbye – Katie Shorey
20. Blame The Sky – Shelley Miller


- Creative Musicians Coalition

"Mass Teen dedicates Song to Phoebe Prince"

(NECN: Lauren Collins) - A Massachusetts teenager is raising some eyebrows with her new song about bullying. A song that has to do with the death of Phoebe Prince.

Music is how Hayley Reardon understands the world.

"I just kind of write songs about what I see around me. And have been for a while now."

So when talk of boys gave way to a friend's struggle with bullies, Hayley wrote a song about it.

"I never would have been someone to say "oh yeah I see bullying all the time," until that situation that I ended up writing the song about. And that's called she's falling."

Two tracks on Hayley's sophomore CD grapple with the bullying epidemic. "She's Falling" was inspired by her friend, but Hayley decided to dedicate it to the memory of Phoebe Prince when she learned of the fifteen-year-old's suicide in January.


"Just the fact that you see her every day and then the next day you don't. And you could have been there to stop it but you didn't know how."

Those lyrics resonate around the world. Facebook fans in Austrailia have asked Hayley to be their anti-bullying ambassador. This fall the Pacer National Center for bullying prevention will distribute the song and lyrics to more than 500 schools as part of its curriculum

Hayley never expected her words would become this powerful, but neither she nor her biggest fan is surprised

"I'm learning at 52 years old the power of communication through music. And that's pretty neat." - New England Cable News Network

"Swift Following"

By Charlene Peters / cpeters@cnc.com
Posted Jan 27, 2010 @ 10:56 AM

Marblehead — At the age of 12, Hayley Reardon got her first guitar. Like Jack’s magic beans, this wasn’t just any guitar, but one that would inspire a trip up the vine of success.

With this black Martin guitar her father bought for her on eBay, Reardon began to write song after song about experiences she’s had, observed or simply dreamed up — and before she turned 13, she cut her first CD, “Beautiful Simplicity.”

Before she got her Martin, she played on her mother’s old guitar — a guitar that had been saved, even though her mother, who was never a musician, had barely used it. Reardon’s father had an old guitar as well, but again, had never been a musician. It’s as if her parents sensed their daughter’s future.

Although her parents were not musically inclined, singing had always been at the forefront of Reardon’s life, mainly because her sister, Chelsea, was a member of both a cappella groups at Marblehead High School.

“She started out in Luminescence and ended up in Jewel Tones,” says Reardon of her sister, who is 19 and attends Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., studying the music business while her little sister is doing what she’s always done — following in her footsteps.

“I did everything she did,” says Hayley. “She played soccer, so I played soccer — even though I hated it.”

Then the “guitar thing,” as she refers to it, happened in the summer of 2008.

She was bored, and while watching Taylor Swift music videos she suddenly thought, “I don’t know. Maybe I can try.”

Her dad actually played a bit of guitar, so he showed her a few chords. She then began lessons with Colleen Connery at Marblehead School of Music. From there she went to Amanda Roeder, the music teacher at Marblehead High School, who continues to teach her voice and guitar lessons out of Reardon’s home once a week.

Guitar lessons gave her things to practice, but Reardon admits she rarely followed her lesson plans.

“When I sat down with the guitar, all I’d do was write,” she says. “The song would just come out.”

She doesn’t write her lyrics and melody separately, and at times, she would be creating new songs late into the night — until her mother would grab her guitar and force her to go to bed.

“I had to slow down,” she admits.

By the time she got her Martin guitar, she had already spent years strumming for fun on her mother’s old six-string, building up a daily songwriting routine until her father announced, “You need your own guitar.”

“I’d always wanted a black guitar ever since I watched Taylor Swift perform with one,” she says of her idol, the 2009 American Awards Artist of the Year.

Swift’s performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards performing “Should’ve said No” wasn’t just a young woman strumming a guitar and singing, but one that Reardon recalls as a standout moment that began with Swift sitting on a chair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans, strumming her black acoustic guitar. Her honey blonde curls are falling out of the hood and her blue eyes search the crowd for a connection to the passion she exudes on cheating boyfriends. Then she jumps up, the guitar is thrown to a nearby stagehand, she tears off her hoodie to reveal a black strappy dress she flaunts on stage as she stomps with her dancers and sings the rest of the song. Near the end of the song, rain begins to fall from the ceiling until Swift kneels down, soaked and smiling.

It’s no wonder teen girls are obsessed with Swift’s courage to embrace her passion, but for Reardon, the moment provided inspiration.

“I thought the guitar was really pretty,” confides Reardon, who turned 13 last Sept. 13, 2009. Born on Friday the 13th, she says her mother, Meredith, a counselor at Marblehead High School “knew there was going to be something special about me.”

That something special began with Swift.

Says Reardon: “She was my inspiration from the beginning. I still listen to her all the time.”

So when she visited her sister’s school in Nashville, where the CMA awards were held, her father took her to the gym, where she walked in the same place Taylor Swift had walked.

“I felt special,” she says of the experience.

With her black guitar, Reardon has grown in her songwriting and confidence to perform at Club Passim in Cambridge, where she was more comfortable performing in front of a room of strangers than in her hometown of Marblehead, where she knows most in the audience.

Says Reardon, “They say the best audience to perform in front of are the ones who are going to love you no matter what, but I like [performing in front of] people I’ve never met before.”

At Club Passim, where she opened for folk singer Don White of Lynn, who is also her performance coach, she says half the audience comprised “her people” and the other half were Don White’s following. Her father Pete says she warmed up to the audience pretty qui - Community News Corp.

"Youth Service America recognizes Hayley Reardon as one of our Everyday Young Heroes"

Youth Service America recognizes thirteen year old Hayley Reardon of Marblehead, Massachusetts, as one of our Everyday Young Heroes for her efforts to raise awareness about the prevalence of bullying in schools through music and service.

As part of the Band Together initiative which empowers artists to help important causes, Hayley wrote a song titled "Stand Together," which is a show of solidarity and empathy for young people who have been affected by bullying. Hayley's song was selected as a finalist to be included on Band Together 3, the third album in a series that focuses on different issues and causes.

In a volunteer capacity, Hayley is working with PACER through their Teens against Bullying project as a Peer Champion. In this role, she has teamed with the PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention in their efforts to raise awareness and inspire other young people to believe that "the end of bullying begins with me". In Haley's own word, "People can be mean, and sometimes when you're my age it's easy to feel like you're all alone. Going to school and growing up is hard for everyone at times, but we often don't think about how it could be easier for all of us if we faced it as a team."

For her efforts to raise awareness about bullying in schools and to show solidarity for victims of bullying, we honor Hayley as an Everyday Young Hero.

To sign a digital pledge to do your part to bring an end to bullying or to list your school or organization as a Champion against bullying, visit www.TeensAgainstBullying.org and www.pacer.org/bullying/index.asp

- Youth Service America

"Indiegrrl Announces 2010 Indiegrrl Songwriting Contest Winners"

Indiegrrl Announces 2010 Indiegrrl Songwriting Contest Winners
May 7, 2010

Url: http://www.indiegrrl.com

Indiegrrl Announces the Winners of the 2010 Indiegrrl International Songwriting Contest

1st Place Micaela Kingslight for her song “Aurora” - http://www.micaelakingslight.com
2nd Place Eljuri for her song “Tierras” - http://www.eljurimusic.com
3rd Place Beth Schafer for her song “I Look Up” – http://www.bethschafer.com
4th Place Vicki Blankenship for her song “Blue Flame Trance” – http://www.spottedkivaproductions.com
5th Place Jayme Dawicki for her song “Paper Dolls” – http://www.jaymedawicki.com

Visit http://indiegrrl.com/2010_songwriting_contest.html to hear the winning songs.
Thanks to our judges Brian Ball, Bill Pere, Marta Woodhull, John Philip Shenale, Robyn Taylor Drake, and Libby Johnson.

Indiegrrl wants to give a shout out to up and coming singer/songwriter Hayley Reardon who is 13 years old and had TWO songs in the top 20 finalists. (CLAP CLAP CLAP) Way to go Hayley. Keep up the good writing.

Top 20 Songs & Artists

1. Aurora – Micaela Kingslight
2. Tierras – ElJuri
3. I Look Up – Beth Schafer
4. Blue Flame Trance – Vicki Blankenship
5. Paper Dolls – Jayme Dawicki
6. Moonbeam – Vicki Blankenship
7. It Was Billie – Shelley Miller
8. Beautiful Simplicity - Hayley Reardon
9. In Bloom – Pauline Pisano
10. Cannonball Girl – Jen Cass
11. Gypsy Moonshine – Kamilah Marshall
12. Stand Together – Hayley Reardon
13. Save Me From Myself – Kati Mac
14. When Lonesome Comes To Call – Karen E. Reynolds
15. Love Went Six Feet Underground – Vicki Blankenship
16. To Go Beyond – Jayme Dawicki
17. Beer Caps In My Laundry – Three Penny Opus
18. 4 Little Girls – Pantera Saint-Montaigne
19. Goodbye – Katie Shorey
20. Blame The Sky – Shelley Miller


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"Swift Following"

Two Page "emerging artist" feature article on local buzz. Feature ran in North Shore Sunday and 3 or 4 other local weeklies around Boston's North Shore. (No copy/paste feature on this Sonicbids page). Link should be on right hand side of EPK page in Google Blog Buzz section, or just google title, "Swift Following". Cute article includes video of impromptu performance during interview. - Community Newspaper Corporation


Wayfindings (EP) - Kingswood Records, release March, 2014

Where The Artists Go (Debut Album) - Kingswood Records, released October, 2012

Hope Your Smiling (EP) - Self-Released, October 2010

Beautiful Simplicity (EP) - Self-Released, October, 2009



After being named a 2012 Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe, completing a four month residency at Club Passim, and sharing the stage with folk icons such as Peter Yarrow and Tom Rush, Hayley Reardon returns in 2014 with her new EP Wayfindings.

In a time when adolescents with dreams of record deals and fame dancing inside their maturing heads are encouraged to wait in long lines for days in a cattle call for the likes of The Voice and American Idol, Reardon's journey began as organically as the local New England music scene wherein she finds her inspiration and creative home.  

"I live in a suburb 20 miles out of Boston," the 17-year-old explains. "In terms of finding the music community I now call home, we couldnt have been in more fertile ground. I remember when I first started writing songs, my parents werent really sure what to do with me, but thought 'Hey maybe we should take her to see someone who does this for real.' They brought me in to see a show at Club Passim in Cambridge (the successor to Club 47) and that was my introduction to the New England folk, singer/songwriter scene."

What's more, the award winning  documentary on the fabled club, For the Love of the Music: the Club 47 Folk Revival, (set for release on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 1, 2014) places her as the current one to watch in a rich continuum of women in folk starting with Joan Baez to Tracy Chapman on through to such modern greats as Beth Orton, Josephine Foster and fellow New Englander Erin McKeown. 

Wayfindings, which comes out March 11, 2014, is remarkable in its mature approach coming from an artist barely old enough to drive herself to gigs. An emotional and creative leap forward from her 2012 debut Where The Artists Go, such highlights as "Numb and Blue", a wryly sincere kiss-off to an ex with lines like "It's the way you drive and all the Bob Dylan you pretend to like" and an excellent cover of the Henry Thomas folk standard "Fishin' Blues" have far more in common with Patty Griffin or Lucinda Williams than many of todays young pop singer/songwriters, boasting a lyrical and melodic weight far beyond Reardon's years.   

This new EP showcases an edgier sense of adventurousness in where Reardon allows the music to take her songs. Bolstered by the time she spent at Folk Alliance International 2013 in Toronto, Canada, the songwriter sought out new means of sonic accompaniment. 

"I left Folk Alliance last year with a plan to explore a trio sound of myself, percussion and cello," she states in regards to the array of new instrumentation integrated into these seven new songs, which also include Moog, National slide guitar, dobro and transistor organs. "That percussion morphed into tabla, which I fell in love with. So the cello/tabla/acoustic guitar sound is pretty prominent on the EP. 

Beyond music, Hayley continues to work as a peer spokesperson for PACERs  National Bullying Prevention Center. For the past four years, she has traveled to schools across the country performing a program she created in middle school, entitled "Find Your Voice." Focused around empowerment and identity, this collection of songs, stories, and songwriting workshops is designed to help others seek the courage to become active creative members of their own communities.  And while she does not want the topic of anti-bullying to define who she is as an artist, Reardon has utilized the impact she's experienced as an agent of change to reflect upon the gravity of her burgeoning role in the public eye. 

"One of the parts of folk music that I am most influenced and inspired by is the idea of using music for social change," she believes. "I am young, and am so grateful to have figured out early that the best way for me to connect with people and do work that I can be proud of is to not be afraid to write about what I know, and not be afraid to write and speak out about what it feels like to be a young person, because I am one and there is so much to be said about that. Bullying is an issue that belongs to young people, so it makes sense that it worked its way into my life and my music (through an experience a friend went through my 7th grade year). Bullying, however, will not be my issue forever, and I think my generation will end up with some even greater issues on its hands in the future. I know that I want to be an artist who is involved and using my music to promote change and positivity. And, for now, empowerment is the message I am most passionate about spreading." -Ron Hart

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