Hayley Jensen performing with Silver Cities in 2013
|Birth name||Hayley Jane|
7 January 1983 |
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
|Genres||Country,Alternative rock, pop rock, pop, roots music, folk rock, dance-rock|
|Associated acts||Silver Cities|
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 is currently the lead vocalist of dance-rock outfit Silver Cities.
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.
After being turned back from her first audition for Australian Idol in her hometown of Canberra, she travelled to Sydney to try again. This time she got her chance to perform in the first round of Australian Idol in Sydney. 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
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.
The Voice Australia
Hayley auditioned for the third season of the Australian version of The Voice. 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 and international media attention after he fell on the ground when his chair unexpectedly turned around. Hayley chose to join Kylie Minogue's team.
Back to Bacharach 2015
Return to country music in 2016
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.
Hayley Jensen Solo Releases
- "The One" – January 2016
- "Alive" – August 2006 – No. 68 Australia (#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)
- "A Moment of Clarity" – Seasons – EP – 2011
Silver Cities Releases
- "Lights" – Silver Cities – Single – 2013
- "What You Waiting For" – Silver Cities – Single – 2013
Hayley Jensen Solo Releases
- Note to Self (16 September 2007) -#DNC ARIA Albums Top 100
Silver Cities Releases
- Lights (20 December 2013)
- "Australian Idol 2 Top 10: The Final 10" (2004) – No. 20 Australia.
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