Hayley Reardon Band with Special Guest Kat Quinn
It's hard to believe that Hayley Reardon can be considered a seasoned folk artist before even completing high school, but the impressive career she has built thus far is only the beginning.
Noted for her thoughtful, vivid songwriting and engaging stage performance, Hayley has spent the past five years sharing the stage with acts like Tom Rush, Peter Yarrow, Buskin & Batteau, Christine Lavin, and opening for the likes of Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli, and Catie Curtis. She has been selected for official showcases at Folk Alliance International and New England Regional Folk Alliance, as well as The Boston Folk Festival, New York Songwriter's Circle, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase.
In 2012, The Boston Globe Magazine named her a Bostonian of the Year for both her music and her work to pair it with a message of teen empowerment. The feature article characterized her as "a confident, radiant teenage singer/songwriter who is helping to pen the next chapter of the Boston folk scene....while Reardon is rapidly making a name for herself under the stage lights, it could be said that she's having a bigger impact on her peers across the country as an effective teen-to-teen ambassador, sought after by schools nationwide."
Upon the release of her latest CD, Wayfindings (Kingswood Records), iTunes Editor's Notes cited "the fact that her music is not American Idol-like pop but in the singer/songwriter tradition of Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Erin McKeown, and Mary Chapin Carpenter illustrates an already well grounded artist. She sells out concerts and snags rides to them from her parents."
Performer Magazine describes her music as "brilliantly moving folk/pop with a lyrical depth and soul," while American Songwriter Magazine refers to Numb and Blue, the lead single off of Wayfindings, as "a melancholy little masterpiece."
In a live setting, these soulful songs are carefully intertwined between thoughtful stories and soft, clever humor to form a comforting, yet commanding, stage presence. Hayley Reardon is full of heart, and what's even better is that she has proven her ability to share that heart and make an audience feel her songs and stories just as strongly as she does.
Reardon's appearance in the award-winning documentary For The Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival, which won Best Documentary at the 2012 Boston International Film Fest has linked her to an extended lineage of matriarchs and patriarchs of the folk movement of the 1960s as Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Judy Collins, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Jackie Washington, Jim Rooney, and Peter Rowan were all featured in the film.
Special Guest: Kat Quinn
Singer/songwriter Kat Quinn came to New York, intent on making a living as a performing songwriter. Shortly after arriving, her shows began winning praise for her warm, sensitive vocals, easy-going charisma, and sharp, straight from the heart songwriting, with lyrics marked by a winning combination of poetry and plainspoken language. She has an uncanny ability to instantly draw listeners into her singular worldview.
Kat Quinn grew up in Marblehead, MA, a historic port town north of Boston known as the birthplace of the US Navy. Quinn didn't think about a career in music until college, but grew up playing piano, switching to drums and percussion in high school. She played in marching, concert and jazz bands, "I got a guitar when I was 15 and taught myself to play, mostly singer/songwriter stuff. I took a few lessons, but focused more on learning songs I liked to sing, than working on becoming a great guitarist. I wrote my first song in college, when I was upset over a boy. The song just kind of fell out of me. After that, I started writing all the time. My voice teacher sent my demo to an artist in LA, who saw some potential in the songs. That was the turning point."
Quinn didn't study music at Notre Dame; she majored in Spanish Literature and Peace Studies, with a minor in Latin American studies. She spent a lot of time in Latin America and got a grant to travel to Ecuador to write songs about immigration. "My project involved gathering the stories of children who had been left behind by parents that had emigrated to other countries in search of work. My studies were a round-about way to get to songwriting, but I think they have given me a different perspective as a songwriter."
Since relocating to New York, she's been pursuing her songwriting career fulltime. She licensed a song to Happily After, a film by John Klein. The soundtrack won a Gold Medal for Excellence at the Park City Film Festival. The University of Notre Dame included another song, "Luck and Angels," on a two CD set that includes recordings from Regis Philbin, Cathy Richardson, Father Ted Hesburgh and the ONeill Brothers. Both Kat and her song, "What Love Feels Like," were featured in an ad for an iPhone App called VoxBox. And in March of 2013, she had the opportunity to compete in the Battle of the Instant Songwriters on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, in which she was given a song title and then had to write a song in less an hour, and perform it live on the show. Her song was called "Clouds Are People Too."
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