Sean Hayes (musician)

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Sean Hayes
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Background information
Born (1969-08-27) August 27, 1969 (age 51)
OriginNew York City
GenresFolk, indie, soul
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals

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.


Sean Hayes and Moreese Bickham

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.

His song "Powerful Stuff" was featured on the NBC sitcom, Parenthood and again by Subaru of America as part of its campaign for the Subaru Forester in the "Reunion" commercial.

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".[1] 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."[2]

Hayes made a cameo appearance as Jesus in the film Evolution: The Musical!,[3] which premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2008.[4]

Hayes' music was featured in the HBO film Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, a documentary by James Redford that explores climate change and renewable energy.[5]

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.



  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Found – Snap #329 | Snap Judgment". Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Evolution: The Musical!". Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  4. ^ SFIFF Evolution: The Musical! page Archived May 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "HAPPENING". The Redford Center. Retrieved June 13, 2016.

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