In just a couple of years, Toronto singer, songwriter, performer Piper Hayes has taken the world of music by storm. Although she hesitates to define her music by a specific genre, because she feels that may sell it a bit short, she agrees to say, “soul-folk is closest!”
Hayes states, “I am eventually working towards a new genre of theatre/music/art/performance, where I will combine music, dance and performance to tell story and engage the audience with all their senses. More real than musical theatre, and more interactive than just music.”
Piper Hayes got her start in legendary venues around the city of Toronto including The Horseshoe Tavern, El Mocambo, C’est What, The Rivoli and The Cameron House, and has shared the stage with artists including Julian Taylor, Angela Saini, Jessica Stuart, Kevin Hearn, and Laura Barrett. It is clear Hayes has the art of performance in her blood and it did not take her long to make a name for herself on the list of hot spots in Toronto and New York City.
In December 2012, Hayes’ first show as a solo musician was in New York City at the Lower East Side’s premier showcase venue Arlene’s Grocery. She recorded her performance and made her first live album. ‘Live In NYC’, independently released on January 24, 2013, was produced by Danny Garcia of FirstLive Studio, NYC and mastered by Ray Montford (Shawna Caspi, Autorickshaw, Cris Cuddy) in Toronto.
In the autumn of 2013, Hayes hit the European stage (with shows in The Netherlands, Denmark and Iceland), headlining her first international tour, performing songs from her EP ‘Ain’t Nothing Like…’
Hayes’ inspiration comes from the need to perform, to heal people through song and to inspire change in herself and her audience; she thrives on stage and feels more herself when performing. Some of her musical influences include Tina Turner, Nina Simone, Lhasa De Sela, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan and Erykah Badu.