Music Review

Interview with the infectious Elise Hayes 

 

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There will be times in our lives when we are inevitably called to take a leap of faith. Whether it is changing jobs, starting up our own business or even falling in love with someone, there are numerous possibilities that will require taking a massive risk. As humans, our childhood is where we develop the beliefs that carry us forward toward and into adulthood. Oftentimes, our failures in childhood can solidify the beliefs that taking risks is too scary, fearing failure and of being hurt or judged. As adults, these fears can cause us to live our lives that are ultimately unfulfilling, and by not going after our dreams, run the greater risk of not sharing our own unique gifts with the world. While some would say that fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real or Face Everything And Rise; whichever way works best, the key to finding success is to lean into the fear, leap off the cliff, and find your wings on the way down. In her new single, ‘Float’, Elise Hayes explores the realm of following one’s heart towards their dreams and the euphoria that follows with a sound that can only be described as infectious and truly uplifting.

Elise Hayes is a singer and songwriter who’s been performing since the age of 12 and relocated to Nashville to pursue her career in music after graduating from Berklee College Of Music as a vocal major. “I’ve been singing and drawn to music since before I could really make sense of anything. I have just always really loved it and known it’s what I wanted to do,” she says of her origins to pursue music. Since her musical influences include a wide variety of genres, it’s no surprise to see why so many followers have described her music as haunting, powerful, and uplifting. “My musical influences run the gamut. I started as a young girl listening to a lot of 60’s singer/songwriters, then got really into r&b and soul music in high school. As an adult, I really gravitate towards female artists that are bold in their sound and their creativity…but the genres are all over the place,” Elise adds.

 

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Her career in music hasn’t always been the easiest, “My journey in the music industry hasn’t been a straight line to success,” she says, “I have had to bend and mould and create my own opportunities.” While out on tour as backup vocals, she felt an inner calling to get back to doing what she loved the most: making her own music as an artist. “I think I had been in Nashville too long, churning it out behind the scenes in the industry,” she continues, “Having the opportunity to get out into the world and see how powerful music is and how it can bring people together in such a moving way made me fall back in love with performing. It lit me up again. I felt this really strong instinct to follow my own dreams and songs, and I wanted to be true to that and act on it.”

Her new single, ‘Float’, features soaring vocals, infectious pop rhythms, and soft piano melodies that showcase her abilities as a keyboard player that stem from her time on tour with country music singer and star Carley Pearce. When asked about the inspiration behind her new single, Elise responds, “I wrote ‘Float’ when I was deciding to leave my job as a background singer and keyboard player. I had this tiny voice inside of me that said: “go, go do your own music…take the leap” — and ‘Float’ fell out during all of that.”

 Wondering if the singer/songwriter had any wisdom to share, I asked if there was a single message that she would want to put out there to make the world the kind of place that she would aspire to live in, what would that message be and why she thought that message was so important, she states, “At the risk of sounding a little cheesy, I think we all need to be softer and more compassionate with one another. There is so much going on in this world – in our personal lives and on a global scale – and we have to be able to connect and help each other in order to get through it…so I suppose my message would be to ‘be compassionate’. We have to be held accountable for helping each other. In this age of social media and everything, it’s so easy to turn your head away from the things that really need help and heart and just focus on what you want to focus on. I just think we have got to be able to relate to each other in order to make any progress at all. I try to make music that helps people through things and makes them feel seen. It’s my way of connecting and showing compassion.”