David Hayes

David Hayes

 Ada, Oklahoma, USA
BandPopAcoustic

David Hayes' music is an ecclectic mix of catchy, upbeat surf-style music, and folk like storytelling with a rhythmic lyric delivery. It is described as a percussive acoustic approach to folk and blues. Widely compared to Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Dave Matthews.

Biography

What do you get when take a pastor's kid, roll him in Mozart & Beethoven, dip him in the 90's Post-Grunge scene, and then sprinkle him with a love for the outdoors and acoustic rock?

Meet David Hayes.

David started his musical life by drumming in his family's church band. By the time he was 8 years old he had migrated his talent to the piano, studying and relishing giants of the Classical and Romantic periods. As teenagers tend to do, David became interested in rock music... and the electric guitar. Creed's Mark Tremonti became his hero and unwitting guitar teacher, and remained as such until David finally met his future love: the acoustic guitar. Lured by artists like Dave Matthews, John Mayer & Jack Johnson, he set his hands and burgeoning songwriting abilities to the acoustic guitar, causing a chain reaction of artistry.

Having found the perfect vehicle to carry his live performance and original material, David's career started moving fast. He has released several albums (including, most notably, "Peace and Waves", the 2007 effort that garnered significant radio play in his home area), and has had songs placed on millions of Mach Speed Technologies' MP3 players worldwide. In 2008, David played himself in the film "Unchained Melody", a role which enabled him to show an ever-increasing audience his unique brand of entertainment. His live performances have been refined over the years by significant touring, including stops at Sundance Film/Orion Music Festival and Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.

David is currently putting the finishing touches on his next release, an as yet untitled EP produced by the talented folks over at LYNTT (Mat Kearney, Switchfoot, MuteMath, and many many more). The lead single, "Beautiful Girl", is already making waves. More waves to come.

No man is an equation. You can't simply add A and B and hope to get C; we are more than the sum of our parts. Whatever David's X factor is, it seems best illustrated by his own words: "I'll never be as good at being someone else as I can be at being me."

Lyrics

Mandy's Song

Written By: David Hayes

It must be the weather
Because I can't fall asleep...
And it's not because of you
Cause I am lying here
Listening to your voice...
But you're not speaking to me

It's unforgettable the way you look at me
Undeniable, you're beautiful, but I'm free
And I remember, the way it used to be, when you were here with me

My mind's my enemy
It's always listening...
To secrets my heart no longer keeps
I try to leave you out in the breeze
Cause I can't see....
What you found so wrong with me

Byron de Marse

Written By: David Hayes

Sitting with some friends, it was the evening before a trip
And we were talking about these days and things to come
Well we're singing now, but we can't hear a sound
Because that rain, is falling down, down, down

Oh, life is good
Oh, at last
Oh, we are free

In a city far away, down in a city by a bay
There are some guys who act exactly just like I do
And though he's far away, today I'm going to see Byron de Marse
Because he's in LA...and rides waves with me, me, me

Oh, life is good
Oh, at last
Oh, we are free

And now that everybody's gone away it's just me sitting here with my friend Dave
They'll never know what they missed while we were gone
Now the trip, well it's over now, and we just don't know what we should be doing right now
Because we've already done everything that we had ever wanted to do....
And you know that's true

Oh, life is good

Peroni Song

Written By: David Hayes

You arrived late in the evening one night
We spent some time, talking and catching up and
We drove around, seeing things you wanted to see
We got a room beachside and everything, yeah
Sat in that room chillin' and watching VH1 and
Hanging out talking thinking about the weekend to come

We're far away from everybody listening
We're doing things that you would've been appreciating
What we're wondering is while we're here and you are there...
How do you even sleep at night??

We woke up early every morning
We surfed all day, at least while the sun was up
But then at night mostly laid around watching TV
Sunday night went out for a nightcap
To shoot The Breeze after a light snack, and
We'd see things, that'd make our dreams go crazy

We're far away from everybody listening
We're doing things that you would've been appreciating
What we're wondering is while we're here and you are there...
How do you even sleep at night??

We woke up early Monday morning
We shaked and baked and had some Peroni's to
Start the day, a day when things were gonna be crazy
That night went out for some pasta and wine
Hit on the waitress, yeah had a heck of a time
But that was it, that was it because the weekend was over

Illustration of Me

Written By: David Hayes

Not trying to take anything away from you
The way you slither into a heart, through a bolted back door
And you set the place to flames and left me stranded.
A chemical creation transformed stability into an emotional masquerade
And it's self-inflicted, but I can't see

Because my reflection is cloudy
My perception is cloudy

Flawless skin and pristine personality
Picture of perfection, standing in front of me
But it's so familiar, and it scares me away
With you on beachside drives through
Deep conversations girl you
Enchant me with your eyes to
Make me do anything you want me to
This is serious....
So it sickens me....
To be the end of us.....

All too aware of the options I see
You flourish in life when you forget about me
Or running in circles with you next to me
But I'd still pick you every time

Summer time and happy faces
School starts, and everything changes
Whoever said that love was gonna set us free....
Was oblivious....
So it sickens me...
To be the end of us.....

When my reflection is, cloudy...
You get an inaccurate, illustration of me

Poser

Written By: David Hayes

And she's watchin' me tonight
Wondering, where she went wrong
And she's waiting patiently
While I, grab the knife and turn

I always picture you in sunlight, shining down on me
In this permanent elation, that you've given me

She's laid down, everything that matters
While I'm proudly labelled the fool
And it's so hard for this shallow hippy poser, to see that the party's over, and you're gone
And I'm cold and alone

And I'm dreaming you're in my hands
I never want to open my eyes
Because you're so far I'm frustrated
and now you see I'm overrated
As I feel the gold your heart bleeds through my hands

She's laid down, everything that matters
While I'm proudly labelled the fool
And it's so hard for this shallow hippy poser, to see that the party's over, and you're gone
And I'm cold and alone

Discography

New album due 2011

"Beautiful Girl" Single 2010

"Peace and Waves" 2007

"Songs for Surf and She" EP 2006

"Voluntary Encore" EP 2003

Set List

My typical set list includes both original songs and cover songs and can last up to four hours, as needed.

Original songs:

Santa Rosa Sound
Peroni Song
The Flatt Song
Byron de Marse
Beautiful Girl
Better Than This
Mandy's Song
The Game
The Secret
Illustration of Me
Paradise
Sleeping
May 24
Colors
Wasted
Wish You Were Here
Madness
......and more

Covers:

Pirate Looks at 40 - Jimmy Buffet
Badfish - Sublime
Banana Pancakes, Better Together, No Other Way, Belle, That's Alright, Taylor, Brushfire Fairytales, Flake, Mudfootball - Jack Johnson
Rainbow - G. Love and Jack Johnson
No Such Thing, Daughters, Comfortable, St. Patrick's Day, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, Love Song for No One - John Mayer
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton

.....and MANY more...