Hayley Jensen

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Hayley Jensen
Hayley Jensen live at broadbeach 2017.jpg
Hayley Jensen performing at the Broadbeach Country Music Festival 2017
Background information
Birth name Hayley Jane
Born (1983-01-07) 7 January 1983 (age 34)
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Country, Alternative rock, pop rock, pop, roots music, folk rock, dance-rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts Silver Cities
Website www.hayleyjensen.net

Hayley Jensen (born 7 January 1983) is an Australian singer and songwriter who became well known after appearing on the second series (2004) of Australian Idol. She was the fourth finalist, leaving the show on 1 November. She spent three years as the lead vocalist of alternative rock band Seasons and dance-rock outfit Silver Cities. Toward the end of 2015, Hayley started writing a new record, an experience that guided her back to her Country roots. The EP was released in February 2017 and made it #1 on the Australian iTunes charts. [1]

Biography[edit]

Hayley was born in Albury, New South Wales, but has lived in Canberra for most of her life. She spent time working at Magpies Sports Club during university and was discovered while singing karaoke at the club. Before entering the Australian Idol competition, she studied Jazz vocals at the ANU whilst completing year 11–12, and then went on to study Economics and Management at the University of Canberra.

Australian Idol[edit]

In 2004, Jensen audition for Australian Idol. She did not progress from her hometown of Canberra, but travelled to Sydney to try again and was successful. Hayley was selected for a spot in the Final 12 and continued in the competition for a number of weeks, eventually placing 4th.

Post Idol Activities[edit]

After Australian Idol, Hayley formed her own record label (White Dove Music), released a solo album (Note To Self) and released a number of singles, music videos and toured the country. She performed for Coalition Forces in Iraq, for the Prime Minister on a number of occasions, and at all major entertainment centres around Australia.

In March 2010, Jensen co-founded alternative pop/rock band Seasons with drummer Peter Wright and guitarist Sam Young. The band released their debut EP "A Moment of Clarity" on 15 April 2011.

In late 2012, Seasons changed their name to Silver Cities, and released their first single, 'Lights'. They toured as a supporting act for Evermore on their 'Hero' National Tour. In November 2013, Hayley and her band received an award for their single 'Lights' at the 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards.[2]

The Voice Australia[edit]

Hayley auditioned for the third season of the Australian version of The Voice.[3][4] She performed the song Freefallin in the episode broadcast on 7 May 2014. Coaches Will.i.am and Kylie Minogue pressed their buttons on time, but Joel Madden pressed too late attracting a lot of national media attention after he fell on the ground when his chair unexpectedly turned around. Hayley chose to join Kylie Minogue's team. [5]

Back to Bacharach 2015[edit]

In 2015, Jensen joined Casey Donovan, Doug Williams and Darren Mapes, in a concert celebrating the songs and life of Burt Bacharach.[6]

Return to country music in 2016[edit]

2016 saw Hayley return to country music with her new ukulele laden single "The One" released on Friday 15 January. Hayley was nominated as a Toyota Star Maker Finalist at the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2016 where she performed at the iconic Tamworth Town Hall on Sunday 17 January together with 9 other finalists from across Australia.[7] She subsequently released the single "I'll Always Love You" (June 2016) and "Young Years" (December 2016), followed by her EP "Past Tense & Present Peace" which made it to #1 in the Australian iTunes charts. Hayley's new single "Summertime Soundtrack" was released on 6th November 2017 under the Social Family Records label.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Note to Self (16 September 2007)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Past Tense & Present Peace (3 February 2017)

Singles[edit]

  • "Alive" – August 2006 – No. 68 Australia[8] (#2 A.I.R., No. 20 Australian Singles)
  • "Stronger" – 16 June 2007 (#11 A.I.R) – #DNC ARIA Top 100 – (#7 Hitseekers Chart)
  • "Waste Away" – 2008 (Radio Single)
  • "The One" – January 2016
  • "I'll Always Love You'" – June 2016
  • "Young Years'" – December 2016
  • "Summertime Soundtrack'" – November 2017

Others[edit]

  • "Australian Idol 2 Top 10: The Final 10" (2004) – No. 20 Australia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doherty, Megan (10 February 2017). "Canberra's Hayley Jensen sings from the heart about a past abusive relationship in her chart-topping new EP". Canberra Times. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Nott, Jemma (10 November 2013). "Australian Independent Music Awards – The Star, Sydney (07.11.13)". Moscamedi. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Doherty, Megan (3 May 2014). "The Voice brings Hayley Jensen back to the small screen". Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra times. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Booker, Chloe (7 May 2014). "The Voice for Border vocalist". The Border Mail. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  5. ^ ""Hey, if I make it through that's awesome": Ten years after Australian Idol, Hayley Jensen goes for glory on The Voice". Daily Telegraph. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Ball, Jack (19 December 2014). "BURT BACHARACH CELEBRATORY TOUR ANNOUNCED FOR 2015! (19.12.14)". theaureview. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Star Maker top 10 announced". The Land. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "The ARIA Report issue 865" (PDF). ARIA. 20 September 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 

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