Sean Hayes (musician)
|Born||August 27, 1969|
|Origin||New York City|
|Genres||Folk, indie, soul|
Sean Patrick Hayes (born August 27, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter.
Hayes was born in New York City, and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He began playing traditional American and Irish music with a band called the Boys of Bluehill. He traveled the south, from the Black Mountain Music festival (LEAF Festival) in the Blue Ridge Mountains down to Charleston, South Carolina and eventually found his way to San Francisco, where he lived for two decades before moving to Sonoma County, California.
In his twenty year career as a musician, Hayes has won acclaim from fans and critics alike and had his music featured in a variety of television shows, films, and commercials. Hayes' song "Rattlesnake Charm" was re-mixed by DJ Mark Farina, and also appears on the Stéphane Pompougnac compilation Hôtel Costes, Vol. 8. His song "3 A.M." is featured on the soundtrack for the television show Kyle XY, and his song "A Thousand Tiny Pieces", was covered by The Be Good Tanyas and the group Blame Sally, and has appeared on the television show Brothers & Sisters. The song is also referenced in the Moth Radio Hour story as told by theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin. The HBO show Bored to Death featured his song "Fucked Me Right Up" on its second episode as well as on the soundtrack for the first season. This song was also featured in the German film, Resturlaub. His song "Turnaroundturnmeon" is part of Big Change: songs for FINCA, an album curated by Natalie Portman to benefit the anti-poverty organization FINCA. Hayes was also featured singing the duet "Ballantines" with Aimee Mann, released on her album Smilers. Hayes' song "Lucky Man" was used in the season four trailer for the show Rectify on the Sundance Channel.
Hayes' song "Rosebush Inside" was inspired by a man named Moreese Bickham, who survived 38 years inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, with fourteen years in solitary confinement. Hayes first heard Mr. Bickham's voice and spirit as expressed through the Sound Portraits story titled, "Tossing Away the Keys". In January 2009, Sean Hayes and Moreese Bickham were able to meet in person when Mr. Bickham attended a live performance at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. The story behind "Rosebush Inside" and their meeting is also featured on NPR's Snap Judgment with Glen Washington in show "Found."
The album Low Light was released on August 19, 2016, and marks his eighth release.
Hayes currently lives in Petaluma, CA with his wife and two sons.
- A Thousand Tiny Pieces (1999)
- Lunar Lust (2002)
- Alabama Chicken (2003)
- Big Black Hole and the Little Baby Star (2006)
- Flowering Spade (2007)
- Run Wolves Run (2010)
- Before We Turn to Dust (2012)
- Low Light (2016)
- "Tossing Away the Keys [Transcript]: Radio Documentary by Sound Portraits". February 21, 2014. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
- "Found – Snap #329 | Snap Judgment". Snapjudgment.org. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
- "Evolution: The Musical!". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
- SFIFF Evolution: The Musical! page Archived May 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "HAPPENING". The Redford Center. Retrieved June 13, 2016.