Origin: Shigawake, Gaspé, Québec, 🇨🇦
Bonsound is proud to welcome singer-songwriter Shaina Hayes to its label roster. The folk musician is also represented by our booking agency and by Les éditions Bonsound. Follow Shaina Hayes on Instagram, Facebook and Spotify to stay informed on upcoming new music.
Raised in Shigawake, in the Gaspésie region of Québec, Hayes grew up listening to singer-songwriters like Regina Spektor, traditional country artists such as Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, and modern country stars, including Shania Twain and The Chicks.
After studying agricultural sciences at McGill University in Montreal, she returned to her rural hometown and began recording her self-released debut album, to coax a waltz, in late 2019. She co-produced the record along with Francis Ledoux and David Marchand from the band zouz, building the music around her graceful voice and acoustic guitar.
Like everyone else, Hayes went into lockdown in early 2020. She started a CSA [community supported agriculture] farm and grew products for three years while finishing her debut album. Following the release of to coax a waltz in April 2022, she found her musical activities ramping up, and put farming on hiatus that fall.
Reteaming with Ledoux and Marchand, she started recording new songs in late 2022, while also performing across Quebec and opening for bands like The War on Drugs and The Barr Brothers.
Though Shaina Hayes wants to resume farming eventually, her talent and dedication to her art tell us that she’ll be a full-time musician for the foreseeable future, as the world discovers the charismatic performer that she is.