Hayes in 2008
|Origin||Ballyporeen, Tipperary, Ireland|
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, folk|
|Labels||Source Records (2001–2005)
Second Motion Records (2008–present)
Chasing Dragons (2008–present)
Fullfill Music (2012-present)
|Guitar, Piano and Harmonica|
Gemma Hayes, Ballyporeen, Tipperary, Ireland is an Irish musician, singer-songwriter and composer. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments including the piano and harmonica.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Music career
- 3 In media
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Hayes grew up in Ballyporeen, Tipperary with her parents and seven other siblings. She was surrounded by music from an early age heavily influenced by her siblings and her father who was a keyboardist in a local band. Hayes would later move to County Limerick to attend boarding school. By this time Hayes was proficient at piano and found that the music used to counter the boredom of living in a small village. She would later move to Dublin City to attend UCD to study Sociology, Psychology and History, Hayes soon dropped out of university to concentrate on her music and to gig at music venues across the city. This was subsidised by working part-time in a laundrette.
EPs and Night On My Side: 2001–2003
Hayes' music career catapulted upon signing a recording contract with French independent record label, Source Records in 2001. Under this label she would release her first EP 4.35am and its follow up Work to a Calm. By 2002 her debut album Night on my Side was released. This release received critical acclaim resulting in her wining Best Female Artist at the Hot Press Awards 2002 and later the album was nominated for Best Album at the 2003 Mercury Prize. Hayes toured Europe and the US extensively upon the album's release performing at high profiled festivals such as Ireland's Witnness festival and Montreux Jazz Festival 2002 in Switzerland. After touring Night on my Side Hayes took two years out from the music industry; "All I do know is that I didn't want to listen to music at all. I stopped listening to the radio. It was like I'd overdosed on music".
The Roads Don't Love You: 2004 - 2006
In 2004, Hayes moved from Dublin to Los Angeles. By late 2005, Hayes returned with her more upbeat second album, The Roads Don't Love You, and picked up the Best Irish Female Artist award at the 2006 Meteor Ireland Music Awards, while completing a small tour of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Shortly after this she parted ways with Source Records as its parent company EMI-Virgin decided to overhaul its line-up of artists and bands. During this time Hayes co-wrote the song "Hazy" with Adam Duritz. Hayes toured Ireland, the UK and US during the promotion of the album.
Hollow of Morning & Oliver EP: 2006 - 2009
On 14 August 2006 Hayes announced she had begun work on her third album in the Black Box Studios in France and produced by her former guitarist, David Odlum. Hayes posted demos of "Out of Our Hands", "Home", and "This Is What You Do" on her MySpace during the recording process. Hayes later confirmed the name of her third album The Hollow of Morning. The album was independently released through Gemma's own label GH Music and co-financed by an investor. The album was released in Ireland on 2 May 2008 debuting in the Irish Albums Chart at number 12. Following its release in Ireland, Hayes signed a distribution deal with US label Second Motion the album was released in the US on 30 September 2008. During her 2008 'The Hollow of Morning' tour in the UK, Gemma announced she was considering on recording an acoustic album to release by year end. During promotional work in Ireland during summer 2008, Hayes confirmed she would start recording her fourth album in August.
Following a successful tour and album release in Ireland it was confirmed in January 2009 Hayes was nominated for Best Irish Female, at the 2009 Meteor Ireland Music Awards, which took place on 17 March 2009 in Dublin. She lost out to Imelda May. On 13 February 2009 the music video for the song "Home" debuted on MySpace. On 19 February 2009 she performed at the Oscar Wilde party in Los Angeles, California. The annual event takes place days before the Oscars, and celebrates the best of Irish popular culture.
By 22 February 2009 it was confirmed on her website she would release a new EP titled Oliver and available from 9 March 2009. The EP's release was delayed as confirmed on her MySpace on 9 March. To make up for the delay in release a new track called "Ghost" was streamed on the website. On 13 March 2009 Oliver was made available through iTunes. On 14 April 2009 Hayes announced she had began on new material for the next album.
On 3 September 2009, Hayes performed at the 2012 stage at the 2009 Århus Festival. Her set-list featured new songs "Waiting for You" and "Shock to the System". On 20 October 2009, she confirmed that she was recording new material in France in the Blackbox studios.
On 19 November 2009 began a short European tour with performances in Austria, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. During these tour dates Hayes played new songs including "Tokyo", "Waiting for You" and "Shock to the System". At her gig in Cork on 3 December, she performed a cover of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting". On 22 December 2009, Hayes released her cover of "Cloudbusting" for free from her website.
In March 2010, Hayes featured on Ceol 2010, a special album in the Irish language. Gemma previously appeared on Ceol 2007. On the Ceol 2010 album, Hayes' song "Rith me go Crich" appeared alongside Bell X1, Kila and The Walls.
Let It Break: 2010-2011
Hayes hinted a possible September 2010 release for her fourth album.[dated info]. However, by October 2010 Hayes confirmed the album's delayed release until 2011 as she began to rework some tracks. During this time Hayes returned to live performances where she launched her autumn tour in Cork City, Ireland where she performed new tracks "Noise", "Hurricane" and "Beside Me".
During the recording process Hayes took time out between recording sessions and live performances to write material for independent movie Janie Jones, by directed by David M. Rosenthal. Three of Gemma's tracks "Just a Game", "Fight for Me" and "Hurricane" featured in the film. This soundtrack was later released on 11 October 2011. It also features the studio version of "Waiting for You" which she played as a promo track and on her tours throughout 2010 and 2011.
On 13 February 2011, Hayes confirmed on RTE Radio 1's Today with Pat Kenny her fourth studio album would be released by May 2011 and this co-insided with a tour across Ireland. Hayes confirmed on her official website the fourth album 'Let It Break' was due for May release with a single due earlier as recording in Ireland and France neared completion. Gemma confirmed 'Shock to the System' will appear on the album. On 15 March 2011, she confirmed that a track called "Noise" will feature on the album. On 10 April 2011, she confirmed that the new album will be released on 27 May 2011 in Ireland and the album's name, Let It Break.
Wicked Games, Chasing Sparks, Night & Day Album, Fifth Studio Album: 2012-present
Hayes revealed in an interview with Evening Echo's 'Downtown' published on 16 February 2012 she recorded a version of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game", to appear in an episode of US Teen drama Pretty Little Liars. The song also featured on her 2012 tour playlist.
It was confirmed that Hayes would appear on Paul Noonan's debut solo album. Noonan has previously worked on Hayes' previous albums. On 1 March 2012 gemmahayes.com confirmed her cover of "Wicked Games" will appear on Pretty Little Liars on 12 March and will be available to download as a single.
On 30 June 2012 Hayes played the Concert At Sea festival in The Netherlands. On 15 July 2012, new songs recorded by Hayes appeared on iTunes. These new songs are part of the Velvet Ear Collection. The new tracks included "All The Kids Go" which appeared on US TV show Dance Moms, "Jet" a demo version of what later became "There's Only Love" featured on Let It Break album and other tracks including "Devastated" and "Simple Life". "Simple Life" proved to be the most popular of the tracks peaking in the Irish iTunes chart at number 35 upon its debut on the chart.
On 9 August 2012, Hayes announced by e-mail to fans she was continuing to work on new material. At this time she also confirmed work on a side-project with David Odlum and planned to release a live album in early 2013 (this release was later postponed). Hayes confirmed a new tour of Ireland and the UK beginning in October 2012.
In September 2012, she featured in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.
On 16 November 2012, SPAR Ireland confirmed via their official Facebook page their 2012 Christmas advertisement, featuring a Christmas themed track performed by Hayes and Jape. On 21 November 2012, Hayes confirmed she would record her upcoming gig in Dublin's Olympia on 9 December to release it as a live album in early 2013. On 22 April 2013 Hayes confirmed through an email to fans she hoped to release a special limited vinyl featuring live performances gathered at some of her tour dates. Each limited edition vinyl will be numbered and signed by the artist herself. She also confirmed to has written some new songs and is expected to go into the studio soon to record them for the forthcoming LP.
Chasing Sparks was the given name for a future EP release which has since been postponed. It was expected to be released as a download in mid-December 2012. On November 21, 2012, Gemma confirmed the release of the EP. It was confirmed on November 28, 2012 that her version of Cloudbusting was expected to appear on the EP. It was confirmed on December 23, 2012 that a cover of Sparklehorse' 'Beautiful Widow' was to feature on the EP with vocals from Jack Savoretti.
On 30 April 2013 Hayes confirmed she had begun recording her fifth studio album in France. In August 2013, Hayes announced plans which offers fans to take part in the production and support the new LP through an initiative with PledgeMusic.
On 16 August 2013 on her new official website Hayes gave more details about her PledgeMusic campaign. She confirmed the release of a limited live vinyl release titled 'Night & Day' pre-orders taken from her Pledge page. Gemma confirmed her new album will be released early spring 2014 and she is expected to tour across Europe. Her new LP will again be independently released through her record label 'Chasing Dragons' (previously GH Music). At the end of each PledgeMusic tweet they refer to the album with #electronica which suggests the album may have a more electronica sound to previous offerings. In an interview with Hot Press published 13 September 2013 Hayes dispelled the notion her new album would have a electronica sound, she commented that her new material would feature more reverb and suggested in a playful way the album's sound may have a more The Mamas & The Papas theme to it. The album is currently being produced between Dublin and France and is expected for a spring 2014 release. On 21 September 2013 it was confirmed that Hayes' PledgeMusic campaign was completed. On December 3, 2013 Hayes was interviewed by Hot Press magazine where she discussed the album's recording moving to Wales and her PledgeMusic campaign.
- Hayes was on the Ceol '07 album, which was released on 2 March 2007, singing "Rith Mé Go Crích", an Irish language version of "Ran For Miles", which originally appeared on Night on my Side. Other Irish artists who appeared included Bell X1 and Paddy Casey. The track "Rith Mé Go Crích" reappeared on Ceol 2010 which was released in 2010.
- She appeared on the cover of the June 2008 edition of State magazine.
- "4:35am" appeared in the 2006 film, Flicka.
- She dueted with Julian Lennon on "Faithful" from his album Photograph Smile.
- Night on My Side (2002)
- The Roads Don't Love You (2005)
- The Hollow of Morning (2008)
- Let It Break (2011)
- Night & Day (2014) (limited release)
- TBC (Spring 2014)
- 2001 - Best Female Artist - Hot Press Awards - Winner
- 2002 - Mercury Prize - Nomination
- 2003 - Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Music Award
- 2006 - Best Irish Female Artist - Meteor Ireland Music Awards - Winner
- 2009 - Best Irish Female Artist - Meteor Ireland Music Awards - Nomination
- 2009 - Best Solo Female - Irish Music Television: Video Music Awards - Home (Video) - Nomination 
- The Cake Sale
- List of singer-songwriters
- List of dream pop artists
- List of artists who have released Irish language songs
- List of Irish people
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