“Catalyst” is now available on iTunes!!
My new album “Catalyst” is now on CBC Radio! Be sure to go listen, and call/email in to request your favourite songs off the album!
Here are the Thank Yous from my new album “Catalyst – EP”
Thank yous are hard; I have so much to be thankful for…
First and foremost, I’d like to thank my family. To Mum and Dad-—I love you so much. Thank you for always encouraging my creativity, and being my biggest fans. I wouldn’t be where I am without your unconditional love and support. You’re the best parents I could ever hope for. To Olivia and Vanessa—-I love you, sisters! Thank you for getting my songs stuck in your heads, and always being so excited for me. I’m so lucky to have you both!
A BIG thank you to all my extended family for your continued support and encouragement, and to Babcha for letting me practice on the grand piano. I am very grateful to all of you!
To the musicians who worked with me on this EP—-Mike, Tommy, Dan, and Mark thank you for all your hard work and long hours. You’ve been truly amazing! I am humbled by your musicianship.
To my co-producer Elyse Simpson… Thanks for being my right-hand. It’s been great to have someone who thinks like me in the mixing booth. Your idea for “manspers” was inspired!
To Justin Koop (Btown Sound); It has been a real pleasure working with you. Thank you for all the time and energy you have put into this project to make it sound just right; I could not have done this without your help and guidance.
To Amanda MacLeod… The hand drawn heart on the cover of this EP is PERFECT! Thank you.
Thanks to all my friends who have helped and supported me for as long as I can remember- a special shout out to Jenn Newton.
I am grateful to Chris Ellerbeck and Maggie Donec for their contributions to my website and promotional photos respectively.
Thanks to Tom Oliver, Brani Kalan, Glen Nowell, Rob Fekete, Michael Stuart, David Story, and all my teachers at Mohawk.
It couldn’t have happened without all of you—-I am very grateful!
I needed a bit of a break from studying for my exams, so I decided to cover of one of my favourite Joni Mitchell tunes. Enjoy!
Sixty years ago Hayley Roscoe could have been seen on stage with Dinah Washington— but in Alabama in the 50’s it would not have been permitted. Yet, their distinctive vocal style, absolute clarity of diction and bluesy phrasing bonds the singers.
Hayley’s bright soulful voice has a maturity that traverses the ages from vintage to contemporary and she is at home in all kinds of music, be it R&B, blues or pop.
Influenced by writers like Corinne Bailey Rae, Sara Bareilles, and John Mayer, Hayley weaves songs with a modern appeal and a distinctly vintage feel. With lyrics painting pictures one can’t help but get lost in, she captivate listeners. Some songs have an exotic, alluring flare like the three-ring circus in “The Illusionist”, while others are heartbreakingly honest (“Here We Go Again”).
Her impressive 3-octave range, classically trained voice and jazz piano playing combine effortlessly in a winning formula: mixing old school with new age. The result is a Motown soul sound with an edgy rock quality that makes for really cool, catchy tunes. In these days of over produced albums, Hayley’s self-produced, live off the floor debut gives a vibe reminiscent of a gone by era that belongs on today’s top 40. She shares it all on her independently released EP “Catalyst”.
|Hi Everyone! So the EP, “Catalyst”, is FINALLY HERE!! Woohoo!! It’s taken a lot of hard work and long hours, but we did it! Thank you to everyone who contributed. I couldn’t have done it without all of you!Now, what can I say about “Catalyst”… Well, it’s just a whole lot of me. I’ve put my heart and soul into this project (hence the heart on the album cover–Great work Amanda! Thank you so much for drawing the heart!), and I’m really happy with how it has turned out!It’s been quite the process getting the EP recorded, but my musicians (Mike Rajna, Tom Altobelli, and Dan Mariani), coproducer (Elyse Simpson), and sound engineer (Justin Koop) have all been incredible! I’m so grateful to these wonderful, talented people for all the hard work and long hours they’ve put in. You guys are amazing!
I had so much fun making this EP, and I hope you all enjoy listening to it!
Catalyst will be available in select stores and on iTunes as of June 6, 2012.
I have some very exiting news to share with you all… My EP is almost ready to be mastered!
For those of you who haven’t heard, I’m releasing an EP called Catalyst in mid-May. There are six songs on it, all written by me. It’s been a lot of work to put together, and I’m really excited about it! I can’t wait for you all to hear it.
I have had the privilege of working with some amazing musicians to record and produce all the songs on the EP.
My co-producer, Elyse Simpson, has been brilliant–supportive, critical, helpful, and creative in equal measure. She is a comfort to have in the mixing booth. I love her to bits and I can’t thank her enough for her help!
My drummer, Mike Rajna, is unreal. He’s so creative and talented, and he brought some really cool ideas to each of the tracks. Mike agreed to play on this EP for me two years ago when the idea for this album was born; and it makes me so happy that he is a part of this!
Tom Altobelli, my bassist, just killed it in the best possible sense. He played the upright and the electric bass… He even played bowed bass for my ballad “Here We Go Again”–and it makes me so happy whenever I hear it!
My guitarist, Dan Mariani, played some great solos. His tone was exactly what I wanted for those song, and it just really fits well!
My trumpet player, Mark Thomson, did a fantastic job playing on my tune “Unfamiliar Territory”. Even though, as he points out, he only plays for a total of thirty seconds, it is a great solo. I’m so happy he was able to join the band for the recording of this tune.
My entire band made this whole experience so fantastic, I can’t thank them enough for the time and effort they put in. They have been very patient with me and my countless emails. I can’t wait to play with them live!
I also want to say a big thank you to Justin, our sound engineer. He’s done a great job so far. There’s still a little work to be done on our final mixes and we need to master the tunes. I can’t wait to go back into the studio next week to finish it up!
Stay tuned! There’s a lot more EP news to come!
This is a video from my first time playing at the Moonshine Café in Oakville, ON. The filming angle is kind of weird, but it’s basically my view from the stage so I love it! I’m playing an original tune called “The Illusionist (I’ve Got You)”. Enjoy!
So the big news as of late is that my vocal chords are super messed up. According to quite a few people who really know what they’re talking about, I wont be able to sing again for… oh, six months? HUGE bummer.
However, I think you should always celebrate life’s challenges… So now I just have to figure out how to celebrate this one.
A big thank you to Ryan for helping FINALLY get my website looking respectable!