hayley-reardon-stairsWhen my ridiculous adventures in the music scene began 15 years ago, it was because I saw a young singer-songwriter with such talent that I couldn’t stand the idea of him playing the Poplar Lounge for the next 30 years. He’s since played Letterman and moved to Nashville, so I was at least halfway successful, and my interest in helping along promising young musicians has remained inconveniently strong.

So when I got an email introducing me to Hayley Reardon, I had that “I have to do something” feeling all over again. These are words about her from from fancy people:

“…a melancholy little masterpiece…” – American Songwriter

“A confident, radiant teenage singer/songwriter who is helping to pen the next chapter of the Boston Folk scene…” – Boston Globe Magazine

“Brilliantly moving folk/pop with lyrical depth and soul.” – Performer Magazine

“… vivid songwriting skills and a charming, guitar-toting stage presence.” – Providence Journal

Oh, and she was named a 2012 Bostonian of the Year by Boston Globe Magazine. In 2012. When she was FIFTEEN years old.

But it wasn’t those words that moved me, really. It was hers.

Now at the ripe old age of eighteen, Hayley is touring the country and looking to make the transition from prodigy to professional. Let’s show her how Memphis does it.