June Hayes  

Singer ~ Songwriter ~ Author ~ Wellness Facilitator

About June Hayes 

Born in Whangarei and raised on the shores of Tamaterau, June is of Ngapuhi (Patuharekeke), Ngati Wai, Ngati Pukenga, Ngati Maniapoto, English, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese descent.  She grew up surrounded by music, and attributes  her love of singing and music to her mother who encouraged her to sing and play ukulele at a very young age, and to her many Uncles and Aunts, all of whom were musical is some form other.

Her career in music began almost thirty years ago when she joined her daughter singing Country Music, and began performing in amateur musical theatre. This lead to opportunities opening up as a singer for vocal groups, big bands, and jazz ensembles. Soon after she was fronting her own jazz group and establishing the June Hayes brand.  Throughout this time she has enjoyed performing throughout Aotearoa with some of New Zealand's finest musicians, and Internationally.  

In the early 2000's she made a special guest appearance at the Brecon International Jazz Festival in Wales, performing alongside Martin Drew (Oscar Peterson's drummer now deceased) and bassist - Andy Kleindert from Ronnie Scott's in London.

With an extensive and versatile repertoire of mainstream jazz mixed with classic pops and contemporary easy listening music, and orginal works, June delivers her music' in my own unique style, having fun along the way.

June was instrumental in assisting the development of the NZ School of Music Jazz Studies Department at Massey University Auckland, collaborating with Phil Broadhurst who was then the Head of the Department.  This collaboration saw the creation of the  'Masters & Their Music' workshop and concert events which ran for 13 years, the introduction of a jazz performance programme to the Massey University Wine & Food Festival, and the inaugural Massey University Secondary School Big Band Competition.

In 2012  June decided to explore the songwriter inside; something she hadn't really focussed on much since High School, although she did include one original track in my debut album - June Hayes-To Whom It May Concern (2003). 

"The 2013 release of my first ever all original album 'June Hayes - Journey for the return home' produced by Billy Karaitiana up in Taupo Bay, features music that came straight from the heart while struggling to cope with the grief of losing my son tragically.  A total labour of love.  Each song has deep personal meaning, and  is available to purchase direct via this website, or globally through iTunes."

June's love of poetry and the written word moves her in the direction of creative writing for special occasions, and facilitating creative workshops using writing and art designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of clients.  

In June 2015 while teaching singing to children at a Montessori School in Silverdale, June created a song about the universe referencing the Maori World in lyrical form which very quickly transformed into a beautiful picture book with music, written and sung in Te Reo Maori and English.  Published by Scholastic NZ in April 2017 'Tawhirimatea - A Song For Matariki' entered the literary world going straight into the Top 10 Childrens Literature!

The opportunity to be the voice in English and Te Reo for Joy Cowley's book 'Hush a Kiwi Lullaby' (published Nov 2016) arrived while recording the music for 'Tawhirimatea'.

June's second picture book with music, 'Kia Ora: You can be a Kiwi too', has just been released in New Zealand and Australia, and will be launched officially on Sunday 9th September, at Dorothy Butler's Bookshop, Auckland.


June says, "I love what I do, and nothing pleases me more than seeing the happiness my music and writing brings to people.  To reach out and touch the heart of one person is like touching the hearts of millions. Arohanui".



 

"Music really is like good chocolate.  It melts into your soul and the aftertaste lingers on.."

 




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