Kelsey Hayes
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Kelsey Hayes

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter




"Bluesfest 2016 Local Lineup Preview"

"Not sure if you are feeling roots or soul, well with Kelsey Hayes you don’t have to decide. She combines her powerful soul-jazz vocals over an acoustic guitars and gives you a taste of both on her journey of heartbreak, betrayal and love. Kesley also recently won the MusikOttawa Singer-Songwriter competition in 2015 performing songs off her self-titled debut EP." - Ottawa Showbox

"Musik Ottawa 2015 A Huge Success At Live on Elgin"

"Hayes wowed the crowd with her incredibly powerful voice, catchy music and very relatable yet clever lyrics. “Thursday Night” has all the elements to be heard all over the radio airwaves." - Ottawa Showbox

"Thursday Night Turns Into A Spot at Bluesfest For Barrhaven Singersongwriter"

"Bluesfest had a Barrhaven flavour last weekend, as local singer/songwriter Kelsey Hayes took the stage as a finalist for the national She's the One Contest. The 19-year-old Carleton University Bachelor of Music student and emerging singer/songwriter won the right to display her talents in front of several high-level industry representatives, including representatives from Universal Music Canada. Her songs have a distinct pop sound, with catchy melodies. She is a dedicated vocalist, who began writing songs on piano and later on guitar, at age 11. Not only did she say it was an honour to performing at the show, but it was even more exciting to play one of her own songs." - Barrhaven Independent


Still working on that hot first release.



Beginning as a vocalist, Kelsey branched out early on into writing her own material. She released her debut EP to a sold-out crowd at Ottawa’s own Mercury Lounge in fall 2015 and is set to record her debut album in 2017. When she is not performing, Kelsey is a prominent member of the student body that comprises Carleton University’s singer-songwriter program through which she was honoured as the 2015 winner of the Musik Ottawa competition. Kelsey's most recent shows have been several large festival gigs in Ottawa; such as Bluesfest and Cityfolk 2016. 

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