About Hayley Jensen

Hayley Jensen is an award-winning country artist and entertainer who’s spent the best part of two decades honing her craft and collaborating with the best in the business from across the globe. She became a household name after becoming a finalist on Australian Idol, and later The Voice in 2014, where she was described as ‘the whole package’ by coach Kylie Minogue, but has gone on to achieve great success in her own right.

After self-releasing her first #1 iTunes Country album ‘Past Tense & Present Peace in 2007, Hayley signed with Social Family Records in 2018 to release ‘Turning Up The Dial’ produced in Nashville by Grammy & Emmy Award winning producer, Jamie Tate, featuring festival hits ‘Summertime Soundtrack’, ‘Saturday Night’ & ‘Next Big Thing’. The record was the 3rd highest selling Australian Country Album according to ARIA, and the 2nd highest selling digital album on iTunes Country charts, amongst the esteemed company of country icons, Keith Urban and Kasey Chambers. ‘Turning Up The Dial’ also hit #16 in the ARIA Australian Albums (all genre) Charts, and was the highest charting Independent Label Album in the AIR Charts.

It was The same year, was invited to the UK to perform at Buckle & Boots Country Festival & was a finalist in the 2018 CMC Awards. She has also won an Australian Independent Country Music Award,  ‘Australian Female Artist of The Year’ award in Planet Country Radio Awards and was also a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.

Hayley launched ‘Turning Up The Dial’ at a jam-packed tour before heading to the UK to perform as a headline international act at Buckle & Boots Country Music Festival, where her song ‘Summertime Soundtrack’ was dubbed the festival soundtrack. At the festival, Hayley performed alongside popular international acts, American Young (US), Jenn Bostic (US) and Filmore (US).

International festival and touring opportunities continued in 2019 with Hayley performing at two massive festivals in Canada – Calgary Stampede (Alberta) & Dauphin’s CountryFest (Manitoba). At both festivals, Hayley was the only Australian artist in the line-up. Whilst in Canada, Hayley also performed across Saskatchewan with local artist, Amy Nelson, and on Canadian morning television on Saskatoon CTV & Global Calgary Television

On the home front, Hayley was also invited to be the feature artist for Groundwater Country Music Festival in 2019, taking part in all media launch activities, including features in national outlets, The Sunday Telegraph, Network 7’s ‘The Morning Show’, and interviewing US Chart toppers, the Davisson Brothers Band.

Growing up in regional Australia, Hayley was attracted to the honest storytelling and authenticity of country music. Her musical journey has been eclectic, bursting onto the scene to become a household name as a Top 4 finalist on the 2nd season of Australian Idol, she has performed for Coalition Forces in the Middle East, coached aspiring artists in the Solomon Islands, won a coveted MusicOz Award, and was mentored by Kylie Minogue on The Voice Australia. Her ‘blind audition’ from the show has gone on to receive close to 2 Million views on YouTube.

Hayley has since been embraced by the genre that inspired her as a child – where she feels most ‘at home’ personally, vocally, and as a songwriter. Over the past 4 years, Jensen has released numerous hit singles, with music videos appearing daily on Foxtel’s Country Music Television (CMT). Each release charted higher than the previous with many featuring in the CMT Top 30 and KIX Country Top 20 Charts. Jensen’s fifth single from the album, ‘Next Big Thing’, skyrocketed to #1 on Australia’s major Commercial Country Radio Network, KIX Country.

‘Summertime Soundtrack’ was added to the ‘Fresh Country’ playlist on Spotify, as well as the ‘Aussie Country’ and ‘Pure Country’ playlists on Apple Music accumulating well over 200,000 streams across platforms. Hayley also released the song to Canadian Country Radio, and it was added to Canadian Spotify playlist ‘Country Smash Hits’.

The past few years have seen an influx of new country fans connecting with Hayley and her music on social media, with her online following more than tripling across major digital platforms. This following has been nurtured in real life through stellar performances on the festival circuit across Australia, and abroad.

In February 2020, Jensen released a stunning version of Sarah McLachlan’s classic, ‘Angel’ as a duet with legendary Australian country artist Beccy Cole, which hit #1 on iTunes Country charts & Australian Country Radio. This was a special side project for Hayley as it was a fan favourite song that she performed on Idol 15 years before, chosen by her late father.

2020 saw brand new music from Hayley, who has been collaborating with international songwriters and producers online during COVID-19.

The first new offering was a swampy, soulful country banger called ‘Breakin’ Hearts’, co-written abroad whilst she was touring Canada, and features Hayley’s unmistakable powerhouse vocals. It was produced by award-winning co-writer and producer, Troy Kokol.

Troy writes “Hayley Jensen is an artist of vision, extreme talent, focus and integrity. She fearlessly carved a path for this project and did so with tireless effort and boundless joy….which only fuelled myself and the rest of the team. I’m all too proud to have worked on this track with such a tremendous artist and human. This is why I got into this business….”

‘Breakin’ Hearts’, set the tone for what’s to come from Jensen, breaking all career records: debuting at #1 on the iTunes Country charts, and was also #1 Australian song at country radio (#2 overall). It was also added to Spotify’s curated ‘Fresh Country‘ playlist. Abroad, it cracked the Canadian Country Top 100 radio charts and was the #32 most played song on CBC Music on SiriusXM across North America.

The track was accompanied by a unique, animated Wild Wild West themed music video that tells the story of a heart-breaker outlaw who meets his match in a sassy female cowgirl. Scripted by Jensen, the video premiered exclusively on CMT, was featured in their Top 100 videos for 2020, and has accumulated 75k+ views online

Hot on the heels of the success of Breakin’ Hearts’, Jensen released the power pop-country bop, ‘Fireworks’. Penned over Skype during lockdown with Aussie friend, expat and Billboard Country #1 songwriter, Phil Barton and partner, Dana Heaton-Perdue, the song once again featured the stellar, soaring powerhouse vocals we have come to expect from Jensen. The music video featured home videos of her fans, sharing sparklers with their loved ones. Released November last year, ‘Fireworks’ continues to climb the charts and is currently one of the Top 20 Australian country tracks at radio.

‘Just Gonna Party’ was the next single to be released and is an upbeat, refreshing song that somehow manages to address the current worries of the world with a positive spin. The accompanying music video is an ‘out of this world’ animation by former Hanna Barbera animator, Reggie Entienza. Produced & scripted by Jensen, it’s accumulated over 50,000 views on YouTube.

Hayley Jensen has just announced the title of her new, highly anticipated album due out later this year through Social Family Records is ‘Breakin’ Hearts’ after the first hit single released from. The record will be launched with a massive tour of QLD, NSW, ACT & VIC.

Ahead of the album & national tour, Jensen has shared yet another sneak peak of what to expect, releasing another signature swampy, soulful country track, ‘Karma’, which debuted at#1 on the iTunes Country Chart & was the #1 downloaded song at Metro Community Radioacross Australia according to the APRAP Chart.

As the name suggests, it’s a moody, brooding song, exploring the age-old spiritual conceptor  ‘what goes around comes around’ in the context of infidelity, where the mistress’s name is Karma, and so too is to be the outcome.

Penned with award winning Canadian songwriter, Joni Delaurier, and produced by Jensen’s creative partner in crime for this album, Troy Kokol, at Reluctant Cowboy Records (Canada) who also brought us ‘Breakin’ Hearts’, ‘Fireworks’ & ‘Just Gonna Party’. Mastered by Joe Nino-Hernes at Sterling Sound (Nashville, USA).

Hayley Jensen ‘Karma’ out Monday 24 May 2021 via Social Family Records.

CONTACTPublicity: Nardia Drayton, Label Manager & PR, Social Family Records: nardia@socialfamilyrecords.com
Canadian Radio & Interviews: Scott Clements, Radio Tracker, Principle Projects: scott@principleprojects.ca