About Hayley Sales
Negotiating an easygoing mix of jazz-inflected adult alternative and vintage pop, sun-warmed acoustic fare, and pop-soul, singer/songwriter and actor Hayley Sales emerged with her first recordings in the mid-2000s. Her major-label debut, Sunseed, was released in 2007, and the single "What You Want" made it into Canada's Top 50. It reached as high as number 11 in Japan. Three years later, "Just Pretend" from 2010's When the Bird Became a Book garnered millions of plays online, and she soon moved to Los Angeles to pursue a concurrent career in acting. Label disputes and a shelved full-length led to a gap of over a decade before her next album. Meanwhile, she appeared on TV series like Supergirl and The Good Doctor and in films including the 2018 blockbuster Deadpool 2.
The daughter of a recording engineer, Hayley Sales was born in Washington, D.C. and raised near Portland, Oregon. She taught herself to play piano and guitar in grade school, eventually attending a performing arts school in Portland with an eye toward becoming an actor. After stints in local and regional theater companies, Sales moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in earnest, but, after landing some roles in shorts and in the teen horror film Sleepover Nightmare, health problems necessitated a move back to her parents' home. At the time, that was on an organic blueberry farm on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. She began working with her father, Richard Sales, in his recording studio on the farm, learning the basics of engineering and studio management while writing her own songs. She also developed her vocal talents from studying the techniques of great singers such as Judy Garland and Nina Simone. After a self-released demo, The Drifter, attracted the attention of a management company, Sales signed with Universal in 2006.
Featuring production and instrumental work by her father, Sunseed, Sales' first album for Universal, arrived in June 2007. The song "What You Want" peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, and Sales went on to win the award for Best Mainstream Artist at the Canadian Radio Music Awards. She spent the next few years touring in support of the release alongside acts such as Gavin DeGraw, INXS, and Jason Mraz. In June 2010, Sales issued her sophomore long-player, When the Bird Became a Book. The official video for the album's lead single, "Just Pretend," received over five million views in a matter of weeks.
Sales decided to relocate to Los Angeles in 2012 to refocus on her acting career. She eventually won a recurring role on the television show Cedar Cove (2013-2015), which required her to move back to Vancouver. However, her interest in making music was still strong, and she continued to work on writing material for another album. Shortly after getting the Cedar Cove role, her label contact expired, and she parted ways with Universal.
After a brief partnership with Verve that ultimately resulted in an unreleased album (The Misadventures), Sales worked independently on a fresh set of songs, with her father again co-producing. In the meantime, she earned guest spots on series such as The Good Doctor and Supernatural and had a supporting role in the Marvel franchise film Deadpool 2 (2018), playing the wife of Josh Brolin's Cable. She returned with the original song "It Can't Be Christmas Without You Here" in late 2020 before debuting tracks from her third studio album, Ricochet. ~ Stewart Mason & Marcy Donelson
BORNAugust 31, 1986