Even in the cluttered field of blues-inspired sirens, Haley Johnsen is not to be mistaken as just another one of the girls. A native Portlander and daughter of a drummer, Haley's sound draws out the emotions of each note with impressive range, while her songwriting provides a candid glimpse at the joys and pains of young life.
Shy and fearful about her ability to sing when a child, Johnsen kept her obsession with finding the perfect harmonies to herself until her early 20's. Like a whirlwind, she suddenly found herself cast into the national spotlight in 2012 when she captivated American Idol Season 11 viewers making it all the way through to the Top 24 semifinals before conceding. Haley has since been utilizing the steam from this experience and making waves throughout the Northwest as an independent singer-songwriter.
Her first EP, "Through the Blue," is a playfully mastered farewell to lost love and youthful trysts. Her most recent single release "Feel the Water" is a step in a new direction instrumentally, while still possessing an emotional yet empowering atmosphere. Her versatile rock ensemble is lead with ease through a mixture of anthemic and melancholic original works, with an alternative rock appeal. Haley's influences range from the eccentricities of bands like Radiohead and Pink Floyd; to classic, folk and indie-rock vocalists such as of Eva Cassidy, Nicole Atkins, Florence Welch and Brandi Carlile – all artists with a flair for the dramatic in their delivery.
Written by Ana Ammann