Singer & Songwriter from the North East
“North East’s chance to big up potentially our most significant contribution to the music scene since Sam Fender” Narc Magazine- 3rd December 2019
Displaying an incredible vocal range with a distinctive all-round style, which can effortlessly leap from earthy and soulful raw emotion to soaring and ethereal angelic tones, Hayley has been likened to Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchel, LeAnn Rimes and Kate Bush.
An accomplished and insightful songwriter, who effortlessly captures deep emotional sentiment with moving sincerity, she has co-written with twice Grammy-nominated songwriter Jan Buckingham (Whitney Houston) in Nashville, performed in Bob Harris’s home studio for his Under the Apple Tree sessions, and supported such major acts as Tom Jones, Albert Lee, Scouting for Girls, Martha Reeves and Hazel O’Connor.
Her original songs are played worldwide in Café Nero stores, she sang on the soundtrack for Harrigan starring Steven Tomkinson, performed at Sunday For Sammy at Newcastle City Hall, and has acted and sang on various educational films for schools nationwide. She is also a Prince’s Trust ambassador and performs at numerous charity events. Her songs have also been championed by Paul Sexton (presenter on Radio 2 & Journalist) with airplays on Emirate’s flights. Hayley’s songs have also garnered strong support on BBC Introducing, receiving accolades for ‘Track of the Week’ on many occasions on BBC Tees.
A few years ago, Hayley won a National competition, the funds from which enabled her to study at at BIMM (Brighton) and Access to Music in London amongst her peer Jess Glynne. Since then, Hayley has appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cornbury, Latitude, Lindisfarne, Willowman, Northumberland Live, The Sage Americana Festival and Hardwick Live.
In recent years, Hayley has performed her original songs on RTE, Ireland’s biggest daytime TV show, and STV Scottish TV.
Whether performing with her 4-piece band, solo or as an acoustic duo, this consummate and committed professional artist can always be relied on to deliver a varied and truly unforgettable show, sparking with energy, emotion and passion.
Hayley is currently recording new material for release for 2020, heralded by her recent cover of Elton John’s Rocket Man, which sees Hayley continuing to push forward creatively and break new ground with a growing confidence and maturity.
“Beautiful voice & moving lyrics, infectious pop melodies/country influences”
“The up & coming apple of the British music industry’s eye hails from a town called Darlington”
Elmore magazine, USA
“Hayley McKay-another fantastic musician to grace our pages”