Leslie Tom / Hailey Steele
September 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
From the first few notes of a Leslie Tom song, you’re instantly taken back to a time when singers like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn were winning the hearts of country music lovers everywhere. But keep listening, and you’ll hear a voice and a sound that is remarkably current, even timeless. This Denver-based songstress is defying the odds by steering away from the “Nashville style” country trends. Instead, combining relatable lyrics with her bubbly, sassy personality and an un- mistakable voice (along with the occasional fiddle and pedal steel guitar), Leslie Tom stands poised to hit the mainstream with her own traditional-modern spin on country music.
Hailey Steele was raised in a one-stoplight town in South Dakota. She started performing at an early age, sharing stages with country legends like Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn all before the age of 15. As a child, she listened to everything from Patsy Cline and Patty Loveless to Def Leppard and The Eagles. Her melodies are strongly influenced by female country and pop music from the 90’s, and her lyrics tackle daily topics that every twenty-something girl deals with – love, heartbreak, happiness, reality, and wine. Steele moved to Nashville at 19 to pursue a serious music career and has never looked back. As an alum of NBC’s The Voice, she got to perform on the last season of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with her duo The LiNE, and also befriended other songwriters on the show. As a result, Steele co-wrote Raelynn’s song “Boyfriend,” (Raelynn/Nicolle Galyon/ Steele) and “Small Town Soul” released by Gwen Sebastian. Hailey has been involved in the #LetTheGirlsPlay movement by Nashville’s Song Suffragettes, and co-wrote the single “Fight Like a Girl” for Kalie Shorr, the program’s pioneer artist. Steele’s first solo single, “Where I Thought I’d Be” was featured on CMT as part of the Artist Discovery Program. Steele has opened several shows for Kelsea Ballerini this year and is a member of the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame.
She will be releasing a record with her band, The LiNE, later this year.