Born and raised in Oregon City, Oregon, in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Hailey’s passion for music has driven her since she stepped in front of her first large audience at a third grade talent show. Since her younger days, Hailey has opened for big time acts such as Love and Theft, James Otto, Craig Wayne Boyd, The Moonshine Bandits, and more. She has performed at popular Nashville venues like The Bluebird Café, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, and The Listening Room, and has turned heads at Oregon’s biggest festivals, rodeos, venues and Portland’s own Moda Center. Today, one of Hailey’s favorite places to share her songs is in increasingly crowded local venues where her growing legions of fans, thanks to a solid following on social media, sing along to her original material.
Along with being a gifted, natural singer, Hailey’s ability to weave her experiences into tightly crafted, catchy songs lifts her above the norm of today’s it-all-sounds-the-same country. The ability to create an authentic space within each song is what keeps her fans coming back to her live performances and downloading new singles as quickly as they come out. These songs like “Rerun,” and “Shooting Stars” from her brand new EP “The Real Stuff”, which reached #9 on the iTunes Country Music Chart, speak to the universal truths of life: love and heartbreak, moments and memories, and staying true to who you are without relying on the usual clichés. The new EP, is her third studio recorded EP that features a collection of songs she has written since her move from her hometown to Nashville, TN in October 2016.
Hailey Verhaalen is an authentic talent whose inner flame shines bright, and a young woman with deep, family roots that keep her grounded, heart-driven and full of excitement for a promising, musical future.