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Shaina Hayes

Shaina Hayes

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Raised in Shigawake, in the Gaspésie region of Québec, Shaina Hayes grew up listening to singer-songwriters like Feist, Joni Mitchell and 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 and co-producing her self-released debut album, to coax a waltz, which came out in April 2022. Following the release of her album, she started recording new songs, while also performing across Quebec and opening for bands like The War on Drugs and The Barr Brothers. While she still maintains some engagement with her farming endeavors, Shaina Hayes has made the shift to devote herself fully to her music ahead of the release of her album Kindergarten Heart in February 2024.

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Kindergarten Heart is an apt title for Shaina Hayes' second album: there's a playfulness underpinning this set of songs that resonates beyond the references to childhood pastime. 7/10


Shaina ne craint pas l’aventure musicale, hors des rangs tracés de son champ country-folk. [...] sa voix calme et délicatement chevrotante à l’aise autant dans une ballade country assortie de pedal steel (Sidewalk) que dans la pop-rock (Fun) et la chanson indie rock (magnifique Sun and Time).

Le Devoir

Kindergarten Heart is an exciting reminder of what it sounds like to trust yourself and your abilities, to fulfill the potential of even the tiniest seeds. 7/10


Sa voix angélique et sa présence scénique chaleureuse placent les gens qui l'écoutent au cœur de leurs propres pensées, bercés doucement par la réflexion.


Still, the key there is to make the pop, rock, country combination sound like something quite personal, something that just might not be that easy for some. For Hayes though it sounds like something quite natural and easy, as is her music when it reaches the ears of her listeners.

Spill Magazine

On écoute Shaina Hayes comme on se prélasse au pied d’un arbre un jour de juillet, quand un vent doux fait bruisser les feuilles. Tiens, tiens, tout à coup, on a hâte à l’été. 7.5/10

La Presse