The past few years have shown that Hayley is here to stay and a force to be reckoned with in the Australian country music scene. With her sophomore album ‘Past Tense and Present Peace’, achieving her first iTunes #1 chart position and follow up single ‘Summertime Soundtrack’ hitting #1 on Australian Country Radio Charts.
Her hard work was rewarded with a Southern Stars ‘Rising Female Artist’ Award in 2016, a Top 5 finalist position at the 2018 Country Music Channel (CMC) Awards for ‘New Artist of the Year’ and ‘Australian Female Artist of The Year’ award in Planet Country Radio’s ‘Music For A New Generation’ Awards. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
Off the back of these outstanding achievements, Hayley signed with Social Family Records, and released her album ‘Turning Up The Dial’ in May 2018. 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.
Produced in Nashville USA with Grammy and Emmy Award winning producer, Jamie Tate at The Rukkus Room, the album featured some of the finest musicians in the world. All songs were written or co-written by Hayley, alongside hit writers including Phil Barton, Jerry Salley, and local artists Kirsty-Lee Akers and Natalie Person to name a few.
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 homefront, 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 ten hit singles, with music videos appearing daily on Foxtel’s CMC. Each release charted higher than the previous with many featuring in the CMC 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 has seen 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 fueled 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 chart records: debuting at #1 on the iTunes Country charts, it was also the first song of Hayley’s to ever feature in The Music Network Country radio charts, entering at #10, and in just 5 short weeks, became the #1 Australian song at country radio (#2 overall). It also cracked the Top 100 Canadian Country Radio charts, and was added to CBC Country on Sirius XM in the Great White North. ‘Breakin’ Hearts’ amassed over 50,000 streams on Spotify before being added to the sought after ‘Fresh Country’ editorial playlist. It now boasts over 120,000 streams.
The unique and critically acclaimed animated music video received raving reviews following an exclusive premiere on CMT, and has gone on to be viewed almost 75,000 times across digital platforms. Featuring a twist on the classic wild wild west theme, with storyline written by Hayley.
Hot on the heels of success, the brand new power pop-country follow-up, ‘Fireworks’, is on the way in time for party season! 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 features the stellar, soaring powerhouse vocals we have come to expect from Jensen, and captures the electricity and spark of young love. The butterflies, the excitement, the magic!!
Jensen is sticking to a winning formula, once again calling on the award winning and groundbreaking production prowess of Troy Kokol at Reluctant Cowboy Records in Canada. As with ‘Breakin’ Hearts’, Hayley recorded her own vocals in her home studio in Sydney, and Kokol, a multi-instrumentalist, played every instrument on the track.
Hayley Jensen ‘Fireworks’ now via Social Family Records