About

Singer & Songwriter from the North East, UK

 

“The up and coming apple of the British music industry’s eye”

Elmore Magazine, USA

 

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.

Hayley is releasing new material this year, and is especially looking forward to performing at C2C: Country-to-Country at the O2 Arena in London, at Glastonbury, and at The British Country Festival when they return in 2021.

One of her upcoming songs has just been shortlisted out of 18,000 entrants in the International Song writing Competition.

Hayley’s original songs are heard by millions worldwide in Café Nero stores, she sang on the soundtrack for Harrigan starring Steven Tomkinson, she performed at Sunday For Sammy at Newcastle City Hall, and she has acted and sung on educational films for schools nationwide

She is also a Prince’s Trust ambassador and performs at numerous charity events. Her songs have been championed by Paul Sexton (BBC Radio 2 presenter & 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 Radio Tees.

A few years ago, Hayley won a national competition, the funds from which enabled her to study 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.

The funds Hayley won in a national competition a few years ago enabled her to study at BIMM (Brighton) and Access to Music in London, where she counted pop star Jess Glynne among her peers.

She has also performed her original songs to audiences numbering hundreds of thousands on RTE, Ireland’s biggest daytime TV show, and on STV Scottish TV. Some of her music videos have also been played on Keep it Country TV.

Hayley is currently recording new material for release in 2020, heralded by her hauntingly-beautiful cover of Elton John’s Rocket Man, which sees Hayley pushing forward creatively and breaking new ground with a growing confidence and maturity. She is currently co writing with award winning Bill DiLuigi, Phil Caffrey and Hattie Murdoch.

Her new single, Thinking About Last Night was released 3rd April and has reached no 1 in the Ignition Country Charts. The song was also voted as one of the top three best new singles in Ireland, reached the top ten in the Valley FM Indie Charts in Australia, has garnered BBC Introducing support, and won Hayley the Artist of the Week spot on Radio New Wheels in the USA. It has been getting a lot of support around world especially in Ireland. 

 

Recent press – https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18493699.darlington-singer-hayley-mckay-scores-number-one-hit/?fbclid=IwAR2ciASRS9kfCchQMnGPkRnIl0u6yxnBfRkS_QMcYbeAl408BZrP_J-CGnM

 

 

 

“Beautiful voice & moving lyrics, infectious pop melodies/country influences”

The Telegraph 

 

 

 

“The up & coming apple of the British music industry’s eye hails from a town called Darlington”

Elmore magazine, USA

 

 “Potentially [the North East’s] most significant contribution to the music scene since Sam Fender

Narc Magazine

“Hayley delivered in spades. I had never seen her or hardly heard of her, bur I’ve now become a fan”

Time Out Magazine