Artist: Chance Hayden – Album: Family Tree


Most would agree most popular artists out there have something truly special to give to their fans. This goes above the typical attributes like raw talent, amazing songs, nice voice, or even a very marketable look, sound & image. There’s something truly infectious at the core of these artists that simply makes us feel good when we listen to them. Whatever “it” is – they all seem to have “it”.

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Today I listened to the latest CD from Portland based artist Chance Hayden who just released his latest CD entitled: “The Family Tree” released in 2013. Venturing to his website I get the impression this is one artist who is extremely determined, dedicated and passionate about the songwriting craft. From start to finish this CD from Hayden is a very entertaining musical experience all around. It has a very warm and inviting Pop-Rock-Folk quality to it, and even dabbles in Americana and Alternative Rock. It also reminds me of classic Beatles, R.E.M, Jeff Buckley, and Paul Simon. Any fans of any of these musical styles or bands will enjoy this latest release from Hayden. It’s clearly marketed for those who like a male vocal front with amazing musicianship in the background. For the record Hayden can play a mean 6 string, and his vocalist Redfray Frazier lets it all hang out. Together they make a good musical combination. I get the impression Hayden is being true to himself as an artist via this compelling 9 track line up. In other words he hits the mark remarkably well by just by being who he is musically. Favorite tracks for me include (New Start)), (Fathers Day), and (Here and There). The songwriting is impressive and digs a bit deeper than the next independent artist. Within each one of these pieces Hayden bares his soul and delivers what I would call pure musical mojo. It offers much in the way of a compelling/thought musical landscape. The playing from his band is spot on and just makes the whole CD even more enjoyable. The overall vibe of the production is very mysterious and captivating   with pockets of hope shining through.  

I see Chance Hayden as a diamond in the rough, with an amazing amount of talent and potential. As time goes by we will no doubt hear more from him. Let me go on record and say Chance Hayden is honestly a record deal waiting to happen. I also wouldn’t be surprised to hear his music on Prime Time Radio someday or even featured in a Major Motion Picture or TV production in the near future. In close most famous artists out there have “it” I’m not so sure what “it” is but Chance Hayden has whatever “it” may be.

Final Rating: 8.5/10 Stars

Michael Morrison
West Lothian, Scotland (UK)

Edited by Janne Zawa
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