Haley and Us’ debut album #USSIE , where she performs songs in the key of her life; a life that started in the theatre where she found her uniquely creative and sweetly quirky voice and a vocal style that’s a little bit punk, a little bit dance, a little bit of Deborah Harry’s Rapture.
With a nod to the club sound of the early ‘80s but firmly planted in 21st century DJ culture, #USSIE holds a funhouse mirror up to our smartphone-tethered lives and how we communicate with each other. They call it Hip Pop, this mix of dance and HipHop DJ culture.
Her newfound creative voice needed more, so Haley turned to art of every kind. Visual art. Photography. Writing. Written art. Sketches. Imagery. Melodies. Poetry that filled books she wrote for herself, random musings of a slightly off-kilter view of the world. Haikus that were more like idiosyncratic puzzles than conceptual reflections. Her voice flourished and grew and then Haley realized she had become an artist. Not a music artist, not a visual artist, not a theatrical artist. An artist in the most complete sense.
It was that 5 dimensional artistry that drew “Us” to Haley. Within two months, the crew of Bomb Squad veterans Gary G. Wiz, Keith Shocklee, Carl Ryder and songwriter Retina Hogue recorded an album of songs and shot two videos. Her vocals bend into a measured-yet-passionate interpretation of Hogue’s lyrics over music that veers into new territory of sight, sound, story and social technology.
Haley and Us drop "#USSIE" The first single off album on SPITdigial Recordings in December. Making it happen is Haley’s goal for 2015 and beyond.