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Hayley Jensen

Hayley Jensen

  • Saturday, November 23

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    The Shed

Biography

Hayley Jensen is an artist whose vocal abilities place her in elite company within the Australian music industry. Described as “the whole package” by Kylie Minogue on The Voice, the singer-songwriter grew up on a rural property outside Canberra and now calls Sydney home.

Hayley has experienced a breakout 18-month period with her sophomore album ‘Past Tense and Present Peace’, achieving her first iTunes #1 chart position and follow up single ‘Summertime Soundtrack’ hitting #1 on Australian Country Radio Charts.
Her hard work was rewarded with a Southern Stars ‘Rising Female Artist’ Award and a Top 5 finalist position at the 2018 Country Music Channel (CMC) Awards for ‘New Artist of the Year’. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for her single ’This Love’.

Off the back of these outstanding achievements, Hayley recently signed with Social Family Records, and released her album ‘Turning Up The Dial’ in May 2018. The album was the 3rd highest selling Australian Country Album according to ARIA, and the 2nd highest selling digital album on iTunes Country charts, amongst the esteemed company of country icons, Keith Urban and Kasey Chambers. ‘Turning Up The Dial’ also hit #16 in the ARIA Australian Albums (all genre) Charts.

In a recent review by Country Music Capital News it was said, “Hayley Jensen takes it up a notch in this album. It’s country pop vibes reflect the vivacious and charismatic nature of this established artist and showcases her superior vocal talents.”

Produced in Nashville USA with Grammy Award winning producer, Jamie Tate at The Rukkus Room, the album features some of the finest musicians in the world, including electric guitarist Jeff King (Reba McEntire, Faith Hill), drummer Tommy Harden (Kip Moore, Blake Shelton) keys player David Dorn (Rascal Flatts, Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini) and acoustic guitarist Pat McGrath (Eric Paslay, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan). All songs were written or co-written by Hayley, alongside hit writers including Phil Barton, Jerry Salley, and local artists Kirsty-Lee Akers and Natalie Person to name a few.

Hayley launched ‘Turning Up The Dial’ at a jam-packed launch tour across the south east coast of Australia before heading to Manchester in the UK to perform as a headline international act at Buckle & Boots Country Music Festival, where her song ‘Summertime Soundtrack’ has since been dubbed the official festival soundtrack. At the festival, Hayley performed alongside popular international acts, American Young (US), Filmore (US), Jenn Bostic (US) and The Wandering Hearts (UK).

The international festival opportunities continue this year. Hayley has recently performed at two massive festivals in Canada – Calgary Stampede Coca Cola Stage (Alberta) & Dauphin’s CountryFest (Manitoba), the longest running country music festival in Canada for their 30th Anniversary. At both festivals, Hayley was the only Australian artist in both line-up’s.

Growing up in regional Australia, Hayley was attracted to the honest storytelling and authenticity of country music. Her musical journey has been eclectic, bursting onto the scene to become a household name as a Top 4 finalist on the 2nd season of Australian Idol, she has performed for Coalition Forces in the Middle East, coached aspiring artists in the Solomon Islands, won a coveted MusicOz Award, and was mentored by Kylie Minogue on The Voice Australia. Her ‘blind audition’ from the show has gone on to receive close to 2 Million views on YouTube.

Hayley has since been embraced by the genre that inspired her as a child – where she feels most ‘at home’ personally, vocally and as a songwriter. In the past 2 years, Jensen has release five hit singles, with music videos appearing daily on Foxtel’s CMC. Each release has charted higher than the previous, with ‘Summertime Soundtrack’, ‘Saturday Night’ & ‘This Love’ featuring in the CMC Top 30 and KIX Country rotations.

‘Summertime Soundtrack’ was added to the ‘Fresh Country’ playlist on Spotify, as well as the ‘Aussie Country’ and ‘Pure Country’ playlists on Apple Music accumulating over 200,000 streams across platforms. Hayley has also released this song to Canadian Country Radio, and it’s recently been added to Canadian Spotify playlist ‘Country Heat’.

The past two years have seen an influx of new country fans connecting with Hayley and her music on social media, with her online following more than tripling across major digital platforms. This following has been nurtured in real life through stellar performances on the festival circuit across Australia, and abroad.

Jensen has recently released the fifth single from her album, ‘Next Big Thing’, which skyrocketed to #1 on Australia’s major Commercial Country Radio Network, KIX Country.

Hayley has experienced a breakout 18-month period with her sophomore album Past Tense and Present Peace, achieving her first iTunes #1 chart position and follow up single Summertime Soundtrack hitting #1 on Australian Country Radio Charts. Her hard work was rewarded with a Southern Stars ‘Rising Female Artist’ Award and a Top 5 finalist position at the 2018 Country Music Channel (CMC) Awards for ‘New Artist of the Year’. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for her single This Love.

Off the back of these outstanding achievements, Hayley signed with Social Family Records and released her album Turning Up The Dial in May 2018. The album was the third-highest selling Australian Country Album according to ARIA, and the second-highest selling digital album on iTunes Country charts, amongst the esteemed company of country icons, Keith Urban and Kasey Chambers. Turning Up The Dial also hit #16 in the ARIA Australian Albums (all genre) Charts.

In a recent review by Country Music Capital News it was said, ‘Hayley Jensen takes it up a notch in this album. It’s country-pop vibes reflect the vivacious and charismatic nature of this established artist and showcases her superior vocal talents.’

Produced in Nashville alongside with Grammy Award-winning producer, Jamie Tate at The Rukkus Room, the album features some of the finest musicians in the world, including electric guitarist Jeff King (Reba McEntire, Faith Hill), drummer Tommy Harden (Kip Moore, Blake Shelton) keys player David Dorn (Rascal Flatts, Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini) and acoustic guitarist Pat McGrath (Eric Paslay, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan).

All songs were written or co-written by Hayley, alongside hit writers such as Phil Barton, Jerry Salley, and local artists Kirsty-Lee Akers and Natalie Person.

Hayley launched Turning Up The Dial at a jam-packed launch tour across the south east coast of Australia before heading to the UK to perform as a headline international act at Buckle & Boots Country Music Festival, where her song Summertime Soundtrack has since been dubbed the official festival soundtrack. At the festival, Hayley performed alongside popular international acts, American Young (US), Filmore (US), Jenn Bostic (US) and The Wandering Hearts (UK).

The international festival opportunities continued this year, with Hayley performing at two massive festivals in Canada – Calgary Stampede Coca Cola Stage (Alberta) & Dauphin’s CountryFest (Manitoba), the longest running country music festival in Canada for their 30th Anniversary. At both festivals, Hayley was the only Australian artist in the line-up.

Growing up in regional Australia, Hayley was attracted to the honest storytelling and authenticity of country music. Her musical journey has been eclectic, bursting onto the scene to become a household name as a finalist on the second season of Australian Idol, performing for Coalition Forces in the Middle East, coachung aspiring artists in the Solomon Islands, winning a coveted MusicOz Award, and being mentored by Kylie Minogue on The Voice Australia. Her ‘blind audition’ from the show has gone on to receive close to two million views on YouTube.

Hayley has since been embraced by the genre that inspired her as a child and where she feels most ‘at home’ personally, both vocally and as a songwriter. In the past two years, Jensen has released five hit singles, with music videos appearing daily on Foxtel’s CMC. Each release has charted higher than the previous, with Summertime Soundtrack, Saturday Night and This Love featuring in the CMC Top 30 and KIX Country rotations.

Summertime Soundtrack was added to the Fresh Country playlist on Spotify, as well as the Aussie Country and Pure Country playlists on Apple Music accumulating over 150,000 streams across platforms.

The past two years have seen an influx of new country fans connecting with Hayley and her music on social media, and her online following has more than tripled across major digital platforms. This following has been nurtured in real life through stellar performances on the festival circuit across Australia and abroad.

Jensen has recently released her fifth single, Next Big Thing, from her album. Launching three brand new remixes (Country Rock, Electronic/Dance & Country Pop). The Rukkus Room Remix (Country Rock) has hit #1 on the KIX Country Hot 20 and the Transient Park Remix (Electronic/Dance) debuted in the Top 20 (#19) in the iTunes Dance Charts. New music video also out now and on CMC!

Hometown :
Albury, New South Wales
Australia

Birthday :
January 7, 1983

Interview

The gorgeous Hayley Jensen let us in recently on how her Hometown has influenced her music, and just how many home town’s she has!
They say home is where the heart is, so where does Hayley Jensen consider her Hometown ?

I honestly feel like a bit of a nomad most of the time! Hard to say where my true ‘hometown’ is…I do think that the saying ‘home is where the heart is’ is very true though. My heart just happens to be spread across the country side!

I live in Sydney with my husband which definitely feels like my home, but my Mum still lives in the family home I grew up in on a property just outside of Canberra (Wamboin), near Bungendore – now every time I go back there, it still feels like home too.

Were you born in Canberra ?

I was born in Albury Wodonga, and have a lot of family still there too. My parents separated when I was young, and Dad moved back here, so once again, it feels like home as well!

See that is going to make this a tough question, tells us a bit about your Hometown and what makes it feel like home to you ?

I don’t know which one to pick! I just like to claim them all as mine! haha!
The property I grew up on was about 20min from Canberra and 20min from Bungendore. There was no real ‘town’ where I lived… not even a convenience store! I went to school in Canberra (caught the country kids bus every day), but worked in the little local supermarket in Bungendore when I was in high school. Canberra did feel like a big country town, it’s not called the ‘Bush-Capital’ for nothing! But it has grown so much since I left, mind you, so has Bungendore…
But the thing that most feels like home to me is having my mum there, especially as I’m an only child.

Mum’s do have a knack of making anywhere feel like home. You home town’s certainly grew in scale, what kind of population numbers would you guesstimate ?

Bungendore about 4,000…. Albury/Wodonga about 90,000…. Canberra about 400,000… and Sydney 4.6 Million!

We won’t limit you to one, we’re keen to know about them all. What are the people like in your home town’s ?

I think we’re very lucky in Australia that, in general, people are super genuine, down to earth and would go out of their way to help each other out. Well, at least the people I surround myself with are.

We’re a pretty laid back bunch. So what claim to fame do your home town’s have ?

Bungendore has a great pie shop!
Canberra – public servants 😛
Albury Wodonga, the beautiful Murray River
Sydney, the harbour, bridge & opera house.

What about their live music scene, obviously Sydney’s would be the largest ?

I moved from Canberra to Sydney to pursue music, but I find myself travelling outside of Sydney to perform for the most part… there is live music, but not a massive original music scene… a few small bars etc.. The country towns have got the local hotels, pubs & clubs.

Do any of the smaller of you home town’s have any other famous performers ?

Canberra has quite a lot of electronic music artists, like Safia. Lee Kernighan comes from Corryong and Killing Heidi came from Violet Town, both are close to Albury Wodonga – but I think we like to claim them haha.

Is there anyone from your home town’s that has inspired or contributed to you career ?

I had an amazing piano teacher when I was in primary school, Tina, who was very patient and helped me with musicality as well as singing from a young age.

I then had a wonderful high school music teacher, Mr Spollard, who encouraged me to take music more seriously and apply for a scholarship in Music at the Australian National University.

And there was also a professional musician who lived down the road from me in Wamboin, Adam Conroy, who used to give me lessons and record my vocals in a home studio. That’s where I really began to know that I wanted to pursue music more seriously.

How did you upbringing shape your music style ?

Being a country girl at heart, who grew up in the country, it has definitely shaped who I am as a person, and the style of music I like to sing and write. Although I didn’t listen to a lot of Country music growing up, I listened to a great deal of folk and singer/songwriters that my parents listened to Jenny Morris, Wendy Matthews, Deborah Conway, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles.

Do you home town’s or your upbringing feature in any of your songs ?

No, but great idea!

Remember us when it tops the charts! So who or what else inspires your music ?

I loved watching the music video shows on TV as a kid, Video Hits & Rage, etc. I was so in awe of the artists on these shows! From Shania to Jewel, I loved watching the cross over country artists (not that I knew that’s what they were then!) and dreamed one day that would be me.

Congratulations on making several music videos which are all streaming  and inspiring the next generation! Speaking of next generation, what drew you to Hometown Fest this year ?

I love the fact that it’s a brand new festival with both local and international acts on the bill! It’s awesome that it’s being held over a few days too. It is going to be such an exciting new festival in the calendar!

We definitely think so! What can Hometown Fest audiences expect from Hayley Jensen’s set ?

Big vocals and lots of energy!! I’ve got the best band, a great mix of my own songs and songs that I love or have shaped me as an artist. I will always give my all & leave everything on that stage! That I can promise!

We definitely got a taste of that at Ekka! Is there anyone on our line up you’re excited to see ?

I’m so excited to see Canadian, Dallas Smith! I love his song ‘Side Effects’. Did you know he was in 90’s/’00’s rock band ‘Default’?! Man, I had their song ‘Wasting My Time’ on repeat in high school!

What do you think sets Hometown Fest apart from other Aussie festivals ?

It’s smack bang in the City! AND there’s such a great mix of artists!! Emerging and established, Australian and International, and at the various extremes of the genre too! Something for everyone.

How can we get bigger and better next year ?

Don’t know til I see the first one!

We’ll check back in later this year !