Laurel Hay - Songwriter/Vocalist

Laurel (Hay) is the best songwriter of today. Her writing takes us on an amazing ride from track to track. The sweetness of her voice left us speechless in the studio. Laurel is the full package...”              

-Josh Wolfe, Radio X

 

“This debut album shows the maturity of an old soul…born and raised in Americana Folk and Indie Rock, Laurel Hay’s storytelling and beautifully unique vocals hit the mark with “Oh, The Places I’d Go”…"

-Chris Olson, General Manager/Talent Buyer AEGLIVE

 

“In the age of overproduced bubblegum country, it’s a pleasant surprise to hear a gem like Laurel Hay’s debut album, “Oh, The Places I’d Go”.   Reminiscent of Lucinda, Dolly and Linda, Hay’s strong songwriting and sweet vocal stylings draw you in....”

Nick Hensley of Love Songs for Angry Men, Creator of the MN Songwriter Showcase, MNaked

 

“Laurel Hay’s crystal clear voice is as convincing with a whisper as it is with a roar.  With her debut album, “Oh, The Places I’d Go” she confidently travels from indie-pop to country-rock, emerging with a distinctive sound all her own”

-Sarah Morris, Singer-Songwriter

 

Laurel Hay is a Singer-Songwriter born in Wisconsin.  Influenced by songwriters and vocalists like Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter, Alison Krauss, and Kate Nash, Laurel began writing songs at the age of 14.   Over the years, her songs grew more mature as she did, although she still enjoys being playful in her song writing with songs like "Junk in my Trunk" and "I Think You're a Dick".   In 2014, Laurel, her father Mark Hay, and her boyfriend Ben Tomandl started an online songwriting group called The Singer/Songwriter Summer Challenge.   Initially meant to be a one time thing, the group gained such quick momentum and popularity, that there is now also a Winter Edition annually as well as the original Summer Challenge.  The group is based out of a border town between Wisconsin and Minnesota called Somerset, with many of the participants hailing from the Minneapolis area.   There is a showcase at the end of each Challenge and notable Minneapolis musicians like Sarah Morris, Tim Houlihan, Tim Cheesbrow, and Andriana Lehr are just a few of the songwriters that have been a part of the group.

Check out the Songwriter Challenge here!  https://www.facebook.com/singersongwritersummerchallenge/

Besides running the songwriter challenge, Laurel continues to play out solo, as well as with her duo, known as The Pickled Beats (https://www.facebook.com/ThePickledBeatsBenandLaurel/).   Laurel's sound engineer from her upcoming album "Oh, The Places I'd Go", Eric Blumquist from River Rock Studios describes her music as Folksy, Rocksy, Americana, which tends to describe The Pickled Beats as well.  "Oh, The Places I'd Go" will be Laurels first full length album.    The album houses the songs mentioned above; "Junk in My Trunk" and "I Think You're a Dick" as well as 8 other tracks ranging in sounds from Americana, Country, Bluegrass, Acoustic Singer-Songwriter, and it even holds a Reggae track as well.   Laurel enjoys writing songs in many different styles but always tends to come back to the middle ground of Americana music.   

"Oh, The Places I'd Go" will officially be released on December 30th 2016 with a release party at Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse just outside of Stillwater where Sarah Morris, who co-produced the album, will join her band for an opening set along with other local musicians.   Other players on Laurel's album include Ben Tomandl (Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, vocal harmonies), Andrew Foreman (Bass), Zachary Schmidt (Drums, B3 Organ), Lars Carlson (Piano), Rebecca Patek (Fiddle), Sharisse Germain (Vocal Harmonies), and Sarah Morris (Vocal Harmonies).  The full band will be there to give the album release party/concert the full band effect.    Mark your calendars now!