Get to Know Hailey
Hailey Verhaalen is an undeniable talent. Whether she's serenading packed rooms at places like the Bluebird Café in Nashville, or getting a ‘yes’ from all three judges on ABC’s American Idol – her voice remains as authentic as her story telling. “I've been singing ever since I can remember - my very first performance was at my third grade talent show, and I just kind of fell in love with performing from there and never stopped.”
Born and raised in Oregon City, OR, Hailey spent the early days of her career capturing the hearts of fans throughout the Pacific Northwest. As gritty and hardworking as she is talented, she further developed her craft by performing every chance she got – from rodeos, to festivals and fairs, to singing the national anthem at NBA games. In 2016, Hailey made the tough choice to uproot her life and move across the country to pursue her calling as a country singer in Nashville, Tn.
She’s shared the stage with major artists such as Deana Carter, Love and Theft, James Otto, Colt Ford, Craig Wayne Boyd, and The Moonshine Bandits. Her 2018 EP ‘The Real Stuff’ peaked at #9 on the iTunes Country Music Chart and received praise for its honesty with which it approached topics across the board from love and heartbreak to “ballin’ on a budget’ and loving every minute of it. She gets radio play throughout the Pacific Northwest and has thus far released 4 EP’s.
Hailey's early 2020 release, “Someday When This is Over,” shows off her sentimental side – which she said would be a trend with her next several singles. “The scary times we’re living in have been weighing on us all, and I had finally gotten to my breaking point emotionally - in moments like that, I always turn to music to heal. I wanted to remind everyone, including myself, that we WILL get through this together, and we have to stay strong for those around us, especially the younger generations.”
Hailey's most recent single, "Sunday Morning Love You," speaks to the heart about a kind of love we all want to have. “ ‘Sunday Morning Love You’ is a feel-good song about a love that is more than just a Saturday night. A Sunday morning love is that person you trust with your heart, can be silly around, and feel 100% comfortable with,” says Verhaalen. “After being known for writing mainly funny, rowdy, and heartbreak songs, I am excited to finally be able to show my softer side by releasing my very first love song!”
“Hailey Verhaalen is an Oregon City fireball, weaving amazing vocals with a firm knack for storytelling. Her stories of heartbreak, love, and friends and family echo true in everyone’s hearts.” - 1950 Clothing Co
“Stand out – beautiful tone.” - Katy Perry, American Idol Season 3
“Hailey is a force to be reckoned with; a powerful voice with solid songs. She has a professional mindset looking to constantly up her talents. She looks to collaborate with others to learn and hone in her craft on a regular basis. I love the energy and positiveness she always brings day in & day out!” - Brian Scheuble