Lady Hayes
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Lady Hayes

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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Feb 2011 / Lady Hayes / Opening Hearts & Apertures



After wrapping a year long tour of Canada while singing in alt-country group Revival Dear, Lady Hayes' began writing her own material - a productive six-month period yielded over two hundred songs. A shift in musical direction was cause to pursue solo avenues and work on her record which began as a group of DIY tracks, roughly titled the Kitchen Table Demos. These recordings impressed producers Noel Webb (SKYDIGGERS) and Saam Hashemi, who teamed up to help weave together what would become Lady Hayes' debut record 'Opening Hearts & Apertures'.

One of the first singles on the record is entitled So Young, a haunting piece which took it's influence from viewings of dusty super 8 footage from Lady Hayes' childhood vacations. So Young’s music video is actually real footage from these tapes. Other album highlights include Recipe for Disaster, a track that steams along with help from a subtle brass section, and the emotional all-at sea interrogation which is Shipwrecked or Stolen.

With a myriad of influences, from Peggy Lee to Nirvana, there is bound to be a sound in this lady's library for folks as varied as the truck stop waitress and the teenage MTV set. Her wistful sound is hard to pigeonhole - some may hear elements of folk and roots rock, but a combination of modern storytelling and production allow beautiful pop-oriented melodies to shine through. Part wistful song bird, part rock n' roller, and powerful vocals offset a sound that is every bit as raw as it is delicate.

Lady Hayes was recently a finalist in the Lilith Fair talent search with the help from her rapidly growing fanbase. she was also a featured artist for sirius radio with an ad campaign promoting independent songwriters. last year she starred in a short film, vaude-a-villians, a musical part with 2 original lady hayes tracks written for the film.

'Opening Hearts & Apertures' will be independently released on Feb 5th 2011 ON, followed by a late spring tour - having already shared the stage with great acts like Joel Plaskett, Peter Elkas, Good Lovelies, By Divine Right, Rob Szabo, Peter Katz and Emma Lee, audiences can look forward to more live music from a burgeoning member of Canada's musical community.