"Haley Johnsen has a flair for the dramatic. While she can definitely get a crowd dancing, some of her most commanding songs are folk-pop cuts that place her powerful, bewitching voice front and center.” -Chris Young, Vortex Magazine
"Dynamically powerful vocals matched with heartfelt songwriting are the hallmarks of Haley Johnsen's craft. She seamlessly blends vintage vibes and modern pop sensibility into her music.(…) Haley Johnsen is one my most requested artists.".- Luke Neill, PDX Spotlight
Haley Johnsen is a singer songwriter best characterized by her powerhouse vocals and unique lyrical perspective. Drawing inspiration from acts like Bonnie Raitt and Grace Potter, Haley writes and sings with a determination that is willful, playful, but never forced. She is currently back in the recording studio, having just completed two new tracks being released in summer 2017.
Haley recently finished touring as lead support for The Wind and The Wave all across the United States. Her second EP, When You Lit The Sky, was released in the spring of 2017. Tracks like "When I Loved You" and "Weekend" showcase Haley's blues-rock style and ability to belt a sultry anthem, while tracks like "Let's Go To The Moon" and "Carry On" carry both the strength and femininity of her full vocal range.
Born in Oregon to musical parents, Haley grew up around everything from pop, classic rock, country, and gospel, an appreciable quality that is easily recognized in her original songs. As a student, she began to learn the guitar, quickly shifting her focus from choral and a cappella ensembles to her solo work. Her first national attention came from a strong run on a reality music competition, and has since maintained a strong following that stretches well beyond her hometown of Portland. She is involved with local musical outreach programs and instructs young children and adults in learning to sing and play guitar.