|Born||September 11, 1968|
Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA
Life and career
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Hanley grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts across the street from the Wahlberg family. She attended school at St. Gregory's and Latin Academy. She has been lead singer/songwriter for rock band Letters To Cleo since 1990. The band name was inspired by Hanley's childhood penpal.
In 1999, Hanley appeared as herself in the film 10 Things I Hate About You, singing a cover version of Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind" to Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles at their characters' high school prom, in addition to performing original song "Come On" with Letters to Cleo during an earlier scene at a club. Towards the end of the 90s she began performing with her then-husband and fellow Letters To Cleo member Michael Eisenstein outside of the band. Around the same time, she gave birth to their daughter, Zoe Mabel.
In 1999 Hanley began a shift in her music career. She wrote and performed songs for the Kids' WB cartoon series Generation O! along with the rest of Letters to Cleo and provided the singing voice for Rachael Leigh Cook's character Josie in the movie Josie and the Pussycats. In 2002, she released her first solo album, Cherry Marmalade. That same year, she appeared on the Dropkick Murphys/Face to Face split CD, providing guest vocals on the original version of the Dropkick Murphys song "The Dirty Glass".
In 2003, Hanley was approached by Jun Senoue from Sega to co-write and perform on an original song for their upcoming entry in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, entitled Sonic Heroes. The result was the song "Follow Me."
In 2004, Hanley released a follow up to Cherry Marmalade, The Babydoll EP. That same year, she and her then-husband Michael Eisenstein had their second child, Henry Aaron, the name given in honor of baseball player Hank Aaron and their love for baseball.
In August 2005, Hanley recorded a cover of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" for the soundtrack of the Reese Witherspoon film Just Like Heaven. In September 2005, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as part of a pre-taped man-on-the-street segment, singing a song about falling in love at Starbucks.
Hanley is popular with fans of the New England Patriots thanks to the team at one point going 8–0 after she sang the pre-game National Anthem at Gillette Stadium. The streak came to an end when the Patriots lost on January 10, 2010, to the Baltimore Ravens. Hanley is also very involved with the Boston-based charity "Hot Stove, Cool Music," both as performer and spokesperson for the semi-annual event.
She sang the theme song  for My Friends Tigger & Pooh, a half-hour Disney Channel TV show that premiered on Playhouse Disney on May 12, 2007, and "We Are Care Bears" from Care Bears: Oopsy Does It! and Care Bears to the Rescue.
Hanley and longtime writing partner Michelle Lewis currently compose all-original songs for animated television shows such as the hit Disney series Doc McStuffins., Cartoon Network/WB's DC Super Hero Girls, and Harvey Girls Forever and Ada Twist, Scientist on Netflix.
She is co-executive director of Songwriters of North America, an LA-based non-profit which advocates for fair pay and other rights for songwriters. Due to her work with SONA in getting the Music Modernization Act passed into law in October 2018, Hanley was elected Vice Chair of the Mechanical Licensing Collective's Unclaimed Royalties Oversight Committee in August 2019
Hanley's latest album, Weaponize, was released May 27, 2008.
Hanley co-wrote "Don't Wanna Be Famous" on the band The Dollyrots' eponymous album.
In 2014, Kay Hanley appeared in the Parks and Recreation season 6 finale, performing her song "Here & Now" at the Pawnee-Eagleton Unity Concert. The character of Ben Wyatt, played by Adam Scott, is seen offstage in his Letters to Cleo t-shirt, blissfully watching the band as Hanley winks at him. Hanley is seen later in the episode entering Tom Haverford's new restaurant, Tom's Bistro.
Hanley married audio engineer Clayton Janes in 2021 in Bentonville, Arkansas
Letters to Cleo
The title of this section indicates projects that both Hanley and Eisenstein have taken an active interest in developing, in terms of playing multiple roles, including production as well as composition and/or instrumentation.
|2003||The Gentlemen||Blondes Prefer the Gentlemen||Sodapop Records||Vocals|
|2007||Murder Capitol of the World||St. Jude's Revenge||Dot Rat||Vocals|
|2008||Cruiserweight||Big Bold Letters||Doghouse/Siren Songs||Composer, Background Vocals|
|2002||Cherry Marmalade||Zoë Records|
|2003||The Paradise - Boston, MA 5/30/03 (live)||Instant Live|
|2004||The Babydoll EP|
|The Paradise - Boston, MA 8/26/04 (live)|
|2006||Kay Hanley / Scamper split single CD||De Guerre/Scamper|
|1999||10 Things I Hate About You||Hollywood Records|
|2001||Music from the Motion Picture Josie and the Pussycats||Sony|
|2005||Just Like Heaven||Sony|
|1995||Mary Karlzen||Yelling at Mary||Atlantic Records||Background Vocals|
|2002||James Taylor||October Road||Sony||Choir, Chorus|
|2006||Agnes Chan||Forget Yourself||Bungalo Records||Background Vocals|
|Peter Gammons||Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old||Rounder||Vocals|
|2008||Lisa Loeb||Camp Lisa||Furious Rose Productions||Vocal Harmony|
|2009||Will Dailey||Torrent, Vols. 1 & 2||BS||Background Vocals|
|2010||Lindsey Ray||Goodbye from California||LRay||Composer|
|2011||Bowling For Soup||Fishin' for Woos||MRI||Vocals, Sounds|
|Will Dailey||Will Dailey & the Rivals||Universal Republic Records||Composer|
|1999||10 Things I Hate About You||Herself||Cameo|
|2000||Generation O!||Molly O||Voice|
|2001||Josie and the Pussycats||Josie McCoy||Singing voice|
|2007–2008||My Friends Tigger & Pooh||opening song performer (Season 1)||
|2008||Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert||Herself||Background vocals|
|2014||Parks and Recreation||Herself||Cameo|
- "Kay Hanley" The Quaz - Kay Hanley, a 2013 interview with author Jeff Pearlman in which Hanley indicates that her marriage to Eisenstein's ended within the three years prior to the date of the interview]
- My Friends Tigger and Pooh Theme Song Music Video - Music - My Friends Tigger and Pooh - Playhouse Disney
- Home - My Friends Tigger and Pooh - Playhouse Disney
- "Doc McStuffins". IMDB. imdb.
- "The Isolation Jams - Ah! Leah! (Feat. Kay Hanley)". YouTube.
- CD Universe listing