June Hayes  

Singer ~ Songwriter ~ Author

About June Hayes 

Singer ~ Performing artist ~ Musician~Songwriter~Lyricist~Creative writer~ Creative Wellness Workshop facilitator~Childrens' Author~Recorded Voice Artist~Inspirational Speaker~Producer of Musical Events


Of Ngapuhi (Patuharekeke), Ngati Wai, Ngati Pukenga and Ngati Maniapoto, English, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese descent, I grew up surrounded by music, and attribute my love of singing and music to my mother who encouraged me to sing and play ukulele at a very young age, although. 

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

One highlight was a special guest appearance at the Brecon International Jazz Festival in Wales, performing alongside Martin Drew (the late Oscar Peterson's drummer) and bassist - Andy Kleindert from Ronnie Scott's in London.

Armed with a versatile repertoire of mainstream jazz mixed with classic pops and contemporary easy listening music, and orginal works, I deliver 'my music' in my own unique style, having fun along the way.

While working in Events Management at Auckland's Massey University, I had the opportunity to create and produce The Masters & Their Music Winter Concert/Workshop Series, the Massey University Secondary School Big Band Jazz Competition, and the jazz component of the Massey University Wine, Food and Jazz Festival. Under private enterprise I produced the 'Back to Bacharach' tribute show and the 'Jazz on the Coast Winter Concert & Workshop' series. 

In 2012 I decided to explore the Songwriter inside; something I hadn't really focussed on much since High School, although I 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 comes straight from the heart, and is available to purchase direct via this website, or globally through iTunes. 

My love of poetry and the written word moves me in the direction of creative writing for special occasions - weddings, vow renewing, anniversaries, funeral services, while  personal life-changing stories moves me in the direction of inspirational speaking and facilitating creative workshops that provide encouragement and hope to others, and enable healing and release. In 2014 I journeyed down a very different path with the creation and facilitation of the 'Between What You Feel and What You Hear' workshop series designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of clients of Toi Ora Live Arts Trust through the written word and music.  In 2016 the workshop series was redesigned to meet the needs of Dayspring Trust. Re-titled ' Healing With Words',  this workshop series provides young women faced with the challenges of Post Natal Depression with tools for self-healing, raising self-esteem and  confidence.


While teaching singing to children at a Montessori School in Silverdale, I created a song about the universe referencing the Maori World within the lyric. Soon after I recognised the potential it could have as a Book with CD.  Fortunately for me, Scholastic NZ recognised it too, and in April 2017, almost 2 years after I wrote the song,  my childrens' book with song - 'Tawhirimatea - A Song For Matariki' was unleashed into the world, and went straight into the Top 10 Childrens Literature!

While recording the vocal tracks, my Publisher offered the opportunity to be the voice in English and Te Reo for Joy Cowley's book 'Hush a Kiwi Lullaby' (published Nov 2016), which was such an honour.


I love what I do, and nothing pleases me more than seeing the happiness my music and writing brings to people.   A personal quote of mine is  "To be able to reach out and touch the heart of one person is like touching the hearts of millions".


Arohanui

June

 

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

 




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