Hailing from Darlington UK, Hayley McKay is an extraordinarily gifted singer/songwriter with an amazing voice who has immersed herself in music and the performing arts throughout her young life. In 2011 Hayley won a national competition that funded a scholarship to study vocals at The British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) in Brighton. From there she graduated to an artist development course in London with Access to Music – former alumni includes Rita Ora, Jesse Glynne and Ed Sheeran.
In summer 2015 Hayley performed in Nashville where she co-wrote with the legendary Jan Buckingham. On returning to the UK she performed at Glastonbury, opening the Toad Hall stage, before supporting legendary guitarist Albert Lee on his UK tour featuring appearances at Sage (Gateshead) and The Lowry (Manchester). Hayley went on to support Visage, Go West and Hazel O’Connor and also sang on the soundtrack of the feature film ‘Harrigan’ starring Stephen Tompkinson.
2016 has been a big year for Hayley. Not only has she started to make a reputation for herself as ‘one to watch’ with outstanding performances at renowned London music venues such as The Troubadour, Ronnie Scott’s, The Half Moon, The Bedford and the O2 Academy Islington, Hayley has played a number of high profile gigs. They include Northumberland Live (June 25th) – as the main support for Scouting For Girls – and Cornbury Festival (July 9th) with Bryan Ferry, Jamie Cullum and Seal.
Hayley also supported Tom Jones at Noble’s Park, Isle of Man (Jul 26th), Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and Tony Christie in Lichfield (Aug 14th) and Scouting For Girls (again!) at the world famous Tan Hill Inn (Nov 18th) for a Children In Need fundraiser. Additionally Hayley has achieved the accolade of having her songs played in Caffè Nero’s coffee stores worldwide. She is also a Prince’s Trust Ambassador.
2017 promises to be an even more exciting year for Hayley – her debut single Unspoken was released on December 9th and Hayley will soon be recording another album of original songs. For up-to-date information, including tour dates & merchandising, follow Hayley at www.hayleymckay.co.uk and on social media – www.facebook.com/hayleymckaymusic – https://twitter.com/mckay_hayley