Hayley Sales

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Hayley Sales
Promo photo for "When The Bird Became A Book", April 2013
Background information
Born Washington, D.C., United States
Genres Soul, pop, acoustic rock
Occupation(s) Singer–songwriter, actress
Instruments Guitar, piano, vocal
Years active 2003–present
Labels Universal Music[1]
Website www.hayleysales.com

Hayley Salesis an American-Canadian singer-songwriter and actress.[2][3][4] Sales' debut album Sunseed was released on June 19, 2007; songs "Keep Drivin" and "What You Want" reached #11 on the Japan Hot 100 and #45 on the Canadian Hot 100, respectively.[5] Her second album, When the Bird Became a Book, was released on June 21, 2010 and includes duets with musicians G. Love and Donavon Frankenreiter.[3][4]


Year Album Release date Label
2007 Sunseed June 19, 2007 Universal Records
2007 Women & Songs, Vol. 11 December 4, 2007 Warner Music Group
2010 When the Bird Became a Book June 21, 2010 Universal Records
2017 The Misadventures Spring 2017 Universal Records

Early life[edit]

When Sales was growing up, her mother was a dancer and writer, and her father was a musician and sound engineer (Miles Davis, The Grateful Dead and The Ramones), who operated GlassWing Studios out of the upper floor of their Washington D.C home. “I was surrounded by music at all hours of the day. All types of music. I remember the melodies and beats actually rattling the floorboards. My childhood had a soundtrack filled up with everything from R&B and Jazz to Rock and Americana.” For many recording sessions, Sales was allowed to sit in and watch the recording process.[2][3][4]

The family relocated to Portland, Oregon when Sales was three and within several months, Sales began playing piano and participating in local musical theatre productions. She learned to sing by studying the voices of Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone among others.



By middle school, Sales was accepted into the private performing arts school, The Northwest Academy,[3] where she studied both classical and jazz music, writing, The Meisner Technique, dance and film-making. At the age of 12, she landed the role of Juliet in Concordia University's production of Romeo and Juliet, having lied about her age. In September 2001, she was flown to Washington D.C to perform at the Pentagon for the WWII Ace Pilots Convention. By the time she graduatied, two years early at sixteen with honours, Sales had been in over 100 dramatic and musical plays.[2][3][3][4]

Following graduation, her family moved again, this time to an organic blueberry farm on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.[3] Sales began to learn how to use the recording studio from the ground up. Over the summer of 2003, Sales took part in an acting intensive, organized by Canadian casting director Maureen Webb. This workshop led her to sign with her longtime acting manager, Vickie Petronio. Other students included but are not limited to Cory Monteith and Dustin Milligan. Within a half of year of being on the island, Sales landed a lead role in a teen horror film, Sleepover Nightmare, leading to a move to Los Angeles to pursue acting shortly after turning seventeen.[3] The move ended abruptly when a bout of acid reflux, brought on by an eating disorder, caused her to lose her voice.[3] “For over a year, I could barely talk. It was the hardest year of my life. Everything that I had identified with was gone. I was speechless. Literally,” she recalls.[2][3][4]

During that year, Sales had dedicated her time to songwriting and mastering the recording studio. When her voice finally returned, she immediately put together a band and recorded her first full length demo album, "First Flight." Upon its completion, Sales began promoting local shows in and around Vancouver Island and Vancouver, British Columbia, drawing two hundred plus people. She then recorded her second full length demo "Drifter," which drew the attention of the media. In the fall of 2005, Sales performed at a showcase in Vancouver, during which Steve Herman (Live Nation) heard her sing. By December, she was signed by Randy Lennox, to Universal Music Canada.[4]


She began recording her first major label recording, Spring 2006, "Sunseed." Her father, Richard Sales, Co-Produced the album, which they recorded on her parent's blueberry farm. Sunseed, was released in 2007, with singles ‘What You Want’ and ‘Keep Drivin’ landing in the Canadian Top 40 and on the charts in Japan. In 2008, she won Best Mainstream Artist at The Canadian Radio Music Awards. From 2007-2009, Sales toured internationally with the likes of Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, INXS, The Spice Girls, Feist, Justin Nozuka, The Cat Empire, gaining momentum in Australia, Japan, Canada and Europe.[2] When she wasn't touring, Sales lived in Perth, Australia surfing and writing music.

In 2010, Sales began recording her sophomore album, featuring guest appearances by G Love and Donavon Frankenreiter, "When the Bird Became A Book," was released in 2012. The music video for ‘Just Pretend, directed by Josh Forbes (Sarah Bareilles, The Fray) generating over five million views in three weeks following its release.[5] O'Neill Surf Company sponsored Sales as a musical ambassador.[3]


In 2012, while waiting to begin recording her third album, Sales moved back to Los Angeles to pursue acting, after several years of focusing solely on music. She signed with Paradigm Agency and began studying acting extensively. During this time, she studied vocal technique with Seth Riggs. In 2013, Sales moved up to Vancouver, British Columbia for a recurring role on the TV show, Cedar Cove.[5] Her contract with Universal Music ended during this time and she began raising money through Pledge Music to record her next record. Nearing the completion of her record, Mike Rittberg, former GM at Verve Music Group USA, with whom Sales had been in touch for several years, signed her to his label. In October 2015, Sales signed the contract and began completing the record. It is tentatively scheduled for release Spring 2017. The highly anticipated album is co-produced by Richard Sales, horns/strings arranged by Carl Marsh (Stax Volt), recorded at Oceanway Studios in Nashville TN, mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady Studios NYC, and mastered by Joe LaPorta. The masters were delivered in May 2016.[5]


2010 Juno Awards Young Artist for Haiti
2008 CRMA Best Mainstream Artist
2004 VISFF Best Actress
2004 VMA Best Vocalist


Sales has studied extensively with coaches from AADA, The Actors Studio, USC and Oregon Shakespeare Company. Her most recent appearances include Heartbeat (2016), Generation Wolf (2017), Prodigals (2017), Girlfriends Guide to Divorce (2015), Cedar Cove (2012-2015), and Love On The Sidelines (2015). She is represented by Vickie Petronio, PLAY MGMT.[6]

In 2018, Sales appeared in the film Deadpool 2 as the wife of Josh Brolin's character Cable.

Artistry and activism[edit]

Sales has numerous times cited her admiration for Judy Garland, for The Supremes, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys.[3]

Sales has been a major advocate of oceanic preservation since the beginning of her career. While living in Florida, Sales performed numerous concerts to benefit The Sea Turtle Preservation. Most recently Sales contributed to the Surfrider Foundation by collaborating with O'Neill Surf Company to create a charity T-Shirt, all proceeds going towards oceanic preservation. In 2010, the song "Not In His Garden," featuring Donavon Frankenreiter, was featured on David Suzuki's "Playlist For the Planet."[5] Additional charity work includes partaking in a documentary for the W Network (CAN), "Making Waves." The film followed her across the country as she interviewed locals who had started non-profits in their cities/towns. During this experience, Sales wrote and released the song "Lullaby (Change The World)," all proceeds going towards the Canadian-based charity, ChildHaven. While in Los Angeles, Sales is very active with the non-profit, Musicians On Call, a volunteer based program that brings music to children in hospitals. She has also performed several times in Cocoa Beach at the Slater Brothers (Kelly Slater-World Winning Surfer) Invitational, a benefit to raise awareness of skin cancer.


  1. ^ Varty, Alexander (July 16, 2008). "Hayley Sales happy to take a hands-on approach". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Varty, Alexander (October 6, 2010). "Hayley Sales sings songs of hope in unhappy times". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Hayley Sales". The Beachside Resident. 6 (8). October 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Grunebaum, Dan (May 12, 2011). "Hayley Sales: The wandering American songstress heads up this year's Greenroom fest". Metropolis. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Hayley Sales". Billboard. 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "IMDB: Hayley Sales". IMDB. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

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