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 Sunny Ledfurd. She has performed at Oregon’s biggest festivals and rodeos, at Portland’s Moda Center, as well as in Nashville, TN at The Bluebird Café, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Listening Room and many other well known Nashville venues. Hailey was named as “One To Watch” on the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI) website in April 2017. 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. These songs, like “Pretty Girl,” and “Midnight Cigarette,” from her recently released EP, “Girls Night Out,” speak to the universal truths of life: love and heartbreak, friends and family, moments and memories, without relying on the usual clichés. 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.
When she’s not playing music, you will find Hailey out in nature; hunting, riding quads or just kicking it with friends and family around a campfire. 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.