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Owning a sound described as vibrant and honest Folk/Blues, Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Hailey Calvert's recent charismatic performances in Australia and America have people taking notice.
Growing up in a mining town in Western Australia had its musical limitations, but was an excellent setting for a childhood spent passively listening to Eric Clapton, The Police , Archie Roach and other legends the adults in Hailey's life were into. Throw in Walt Disney's musical feature films and a kid's interest in singing could be sparked.
Entering Western Australia's Pilbara Music Festival in 1998 introduced Hailey to performing for large audiences at a young age. Despite having the nerves of a green performer (not helped by frequently singing songs accapella to a packed hall) she went on to receive many 'Outstanding' adjudications over three years of entering in various categories.
Musically matured, and realizing you can't sing accapella forever, Hailey took piano lessons but the instrument itself never took to her. After moving to Brisbane City and having her eyes and ears opened to the likes of Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughn and rediscovering Clapton, she picked up the guitar her dad had bought hoping that someday it would get played. And it did.
After a diploma in Music Performance, Hailey's interest moved from reimagining other people's songs to writing her own. Through performing them at such Brisbane singer/songwriter venues as The Basement, The Loft, Glass and The Globe Theatre, demand grew for a CD people could buy at shows. "Before the After", a monster 8 track E.P was created, the CD has been a huge hit with fans. The E.P has gone into second print and is now available on iTunes.
Hailey's Other Musical Projects:
2006: Backing vocals for Michael Buble
2010: Singing and writing with Brisbane Hip Hop Artist Knovell Capote
2011: Backing vocals for The Lyrical
2011: Backing vocals for Matt Crowley
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