|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Electroacoustic, Experimental, Indie, Acoustic|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, piano|
|Years active||2005 -|
|Labels||Sunshine Rebel Records|
Cassidy Hugaert Haley (born June 17, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter and clothing designer based in Los Angeles.
Early Life and Careers
Haley was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in the nearby city of Richmond, California. He is the son of a lesbian mother and a gay father, and has three sisters and two brothers. His ancestors are mainly Irish, Scottish, German, French, and Native American. As a teenager he was part of the Bay Area rave scene. Haley was among the 1999 WTO protestors in Seattle and has cited this as a formative experience in his life.
Haley has performed with multiple circuses over the years including the avant-garde cirque nouveau Lucent Dossier Experience at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and El Circo. He performs stiltwalking and silks aerial; he performed on stilts in Las Vegas on Halloween in 2009. Haley developed design and sewing skills making costumes for himself and other circus performers, which he has applied in two clothing design companies and for his band costumes and music videos. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in music and fashion.
Haley founded the company Ernte with Evan Sugarman in 2003. In 2005, he left the company to work on his music career. In 2006, Haley returned to fashion, founding a company called Skin.Graft with Jonny Cota. They were later joined by Katie Kay. Skin.Graft is known for its "raw underground fashion and sleek, high-end couture." The company runs a downtown Los Angeles boutique, in addition to producing custom designs. They presented a fall/winter collection at LA Fashion Week 2009. Haley sold his half of Skin.Graft last January of 09 to focus on his music.
American Idol (season 7) winner David Cook wore Skin.Graft designs on during the competition and during various public appearances. Haley is a friend of American Idol (season 8) runner-up Adam Lambert and designed pieces worn by Lambert on during the competition and on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009; Skin.Graft was featured in a ABC News 20/20 segment about Lambert on June 13, 2009. Other celebrities to wear Skin.Graft design include: Fergie, CariDee English, Margaret Cho, Lil Rounds, Allison Iraheta, and Tila Tequila.
Haley sings and plays acoustic guitar and piano. In a November 2009 interview, he spoke of the pros and cons of being an independent musician, "I don’t want to be developed. You know I have a really clear idea of what I want to do and how I want to sound and how I want look. But you just can’t really compete with the marketing machine of a main label." He registered his own music label in December 2009, Sunshine Rebel Records. He releases his own music for sale via iTunes and eBay, as well as posting YouTube videos and holding online concerts for his fans.
Haley wrote and produced his debut EP album, Little Boys and Dinosaurs, using Ableton Live software. Houston Chronicle music reviewer Joey Guerra described Haley's sound as "lushly produced, dark and theatrical. It's like Trent Reznor lightened up a bit and got a bit of a groove on." It was released on iTunes on August 10, 2009. He recorded acoustic sessions of the songs on Little Boys and Dinosaurs, posting them online and collecting them in a DVD released in September 2009. He has described his musical style as "My usual response is some ramble about electronic, pop, folk, goth, and glam-rock. But, I don’t know. Can’t music just speak for itself?" His first full length album on his own label is expected in spring 2010.
On August 15, 2009, Adam Lambert made a post on Twitter.com to his followers “My friend Cassidy just shot this great video...” that included a link to Haley's video for “Whiskey in Churches.”  The video was produced over several months, with Haley playing multiple characters using green screen technology. This tweet propelled Little Boys and Dinosaurs up the iTunes electronic chart to land on the third most downloaded electronic record on Monday, August 17, 2009, without any music label or PR campaign.
Haley performs in Los Angeles and nearby cities, sometimes performing with his band, Cassidy Haley and the Sunshine Rebels. The Sunshine Rebels is a changing assortment of performers who are part of the Los Angeles creative scene. They headlined the 8th Annual National Coming Out Day Street Festival in Las Vegas on October 3, 2009 and have played shows at the Henry Fonda Theater and several shows at The Viper Room. He announced plans for an April–May 2010 tour on his website.
Little Boys and Dinosaurs (summer 2009)
All lyrics written by Cassidy Haley, all music composed by Cassidy Haley.
|No.||Title||Production & Additional Musicians||Length|
|1.||"Whiskey in Churches"||recording - Jason Art, additional production - David Bergeaud, Land Factory Music||3:16|
|2.||"Little Boys and Dinosaurs"||recording - Jason Art, additional production - David Bergeaud, Land Factory Music||4:11|
|3.||"Daylight Breaks"||recording - Jason Art, additional production - David Bergeaud, Land Factory Music||3:42|
|4.||"Fly"||recording - Jason Art, additional production - David Bergeaud, Land Factory Music||3:50|
|5.||"Midnight Sun"||coproduction and backing vocals - Agness Twin, guitars - Ron Therrio, bass - Geoffrey Dimmick||3:54|
Acoustic Sessions (Fall 2009)
DVD of Little Boys and Dinosaurs and cover songs
Nostalgia (February 2010)
Limited edition compilation CD
The Fool (July 2010)
|1.||"Prologue (The Fool Pt. 1)"||2:15|
|4.||"Whiskey In Churches"||3:41|
|7.||"Interlude (The Fool Pt. 2)"||4:04|
|10.||"Ride The Night"|
|11.||"Dying to Live"||4:29|
|13.||"Epilogue (The Journey Begins)"||3:30|
In July 2011, Haley took over editorship of a webzine called The Catalyst. Dubbing it "Rebirth" for his premiere issue, the zine under his direction has become a forum for artists (musical, visual and otherwise) to speak their mind on topics which the popular media may not give much attention to. To quote The Catalyst's mission statement, "The Catalyst Magazine is dedicated to exploring the art and culture that will be the catalyst for humanity's inevitable triumph in this game of life. This is a rapidly evolving world and the answers lie beyond the surface of mainstream culture. The prophets and shamans who will lead us through are waiting in the underground."  The Catalyst currently features interviews with underground artists such as Dan Holguin, Ricky Rebel, Under the Elephant, and video game designer American McGee, as well as recurring op-ed pieces from a selection of artists.
- Maddie Sheehan (30 November 2009), ["http://missionbuzz.com/2009/11/cassidy-haley-breaking-daylight/" Cassidy Haley: Breaking Daylight], Mission Buzz
- Cassidy Haley on MySpace
- Cassidy Haley Music page on Facebook, Facebook
- Joey Guerra (26 August 2009), Cassidy Haley takes flight -- via a tweet, Houston Chronicle
- Andrew Asch (31 January 2009), California ApparelNews.net http://www.apparelnews.net/blog/detail?id=99 Missing or empty
- Boxeight LA Fastion Week SKIN.GRAFT, Fabric Magazine, 16 March 2009
- , Queeried, 26 January 2010 ["http://www.queeried.com/discover-why-cassidy-haley-has-made-the-jump-for-fashion-to-rock-and-why-2010-is-a-huge-year-for-him/" "http://www.queeried.com/discover-why-cassidy-haley-has-made-the-jump-for-fashion-to-rock-and-why-2010-is-a-huge-year-for-him/"] Missing or empty
- Cassidy Haley OR I Love the Internet, 21 August 2009
- Adam Lambert Comes Out, ABC News 20/20, 13 June 2009
- , Frontiers in L.A. http://www.frontierspublishing.com/pdfedition/2813.pdf Missing or empty
- Videowatch - Cassidy Haley - Whiskey in Churches, Queersighted, 29 June 2009
- Lyndsey Parker (19 August 2009), Adam Lambert As Idolmaker: The Case Of Cassidy Haley, Yahoo Music News
- , QVegas Foundation http://www.qvegas.com/ncod/ Missing or empty
- The Catalyst - Mission
- The Catalyst Magazine