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“The perfect long-distance love song”


Hailey J. Ward


Hailey is an indie-folk singer-songwriter in Minneapolis, MN (originally Vermont). Her vocals are sweet and sassy, accompanied by her skills on piano, ukulele and guitar. With influences from Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, The Head & The Heart, and Coldplay, Hailey’s indie-folk songwriting is easy-listening for all ears. 

Vocals, Piano, Ukulele, Guitar // Hailey Ward




Hailey does not have any upcoming performances at the moment. Check back soon!

News & Updates

‘Be With You’ out now!

I wrote this song in February of 2019, while living and traveling abroad in Australia... in the midst of 11 months in a long-distance relationship! Luckily, we are still together :) Wallow in your feelings and get sad with me!

Grad School

After taking a year and a half off from school after graduation, I realized my true passion- Music Therapy! I am currently in my first year of the Equivalency + Masters of Music Therapy program at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

‘Ghost’ out now!

I wrote ‘Ghost’ as the follow-up to Polaroid Picture. A “post-relationship-but-not-quite-over-you” song, if you will. Thanks for listening!

prisoner of War

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and I am finally ready to share the most personal song I’ve ever written. After experiencing my own sexual assault on my 20th birthday in 2016, I wrote this song in the months after, during which I was processing the trauma in therapy. Each verse reflects where I was in the therapeutic healing process while writing the song. I hope this song can resonate with not just survivors of sexual assault, but any kind of trauma or abuse. All proceeds from this song will be donated to

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Senior Recital

Hailey graduated from McNally Smith College of Music on May 6th, 2017! To celebrate her completion of her Bachelors degree in Songwriting and Composition, Hailey will have her senior recital in the Soundbite Cafe on Friday May 5th, at 3:30pm. The performance will feature some solo songs and collaboration with Pharaoh, One More Day, and backup vocalists Michaela Arneson and Madie Vanden Heuvel. Check out the Facebook event page!

'Seven Days' Album review

'Equally skilled on piano, guitar and ukulele, Ward strums and plunks her way through a series of romantic and introspective pop songs. She doesn't futz around with overly symbolic imagery, and she succinctly distills her thoughts and desires into tight, energetic morsels. Her arrangements range from fully orchestrated and complex ("For Having Tried") to solitary and stripped down ("She Looks Just Like Me").' -Jordan Adams, Seven Days

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'Undertow' on '89.3 The Current'

I am so excited to announce that 'Undertow' will be played on The Local Show with Andrea Swensson on Sunday January 8th on 89.3 'The Current'! 


VT Album Release Show

Join Hailey as she plays The Skinny Pancake in Burlington, VT! Band of The Land will open the night at 7pm, and Hailey will play at 8! Eat some crepes, tip your waiters, and enjoy some awesome live music!

'Not Sorry' Out now!

I am ELATED to announce the release of my first full-length studio album, 'Not Sorry'! This truly wouldn't have been possible without the help and support of all my friends and family. Special thanks to Eric Michael and One More Day for all the amazing and tireless effort they put into this album! Thanks for everything, 


Album Release Show

Come join Hailey at The Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown Saint Paul on December 8th! Doors open at 7pm, and music starts at 8! Charlie Christenson will kick off the night with an intimate acoustic set, Hailey will play at 9, and the lovely Enharmonic will play at 10! 

New Music Video!


Aside from recording her first full-length studio album, Hailey worked hard all summer 2016 as a featured writer and vocalist for "loveofpharaoh"'s new project! Hailey is a writer on "Dark Side", "My God", and "Running Away (Home)". She is also a featured vocalist on "My God", "Moments", and "Running Away (Home)". It was an amazing project to be apart of, and always a pleasure to work with Eric! 

New Album!

Hailey has spent the last 10 months recording and writing for her first full-length album! Once again, she has teamed up with Eric "Realistic" Goble of "Realistic Productions", and it looks like the album will be a smashing success! Hailey has hired local McNally band, "One More Day" to play behind her in the studio, and the sessions have been awesome! Stay tuned for the album release (December 9th), and a release party in both Saint Paul (12/8) AND Burlington (1/6)! 


Hailey has released the official single for her upcoming album, "Not Sorry". The single was released November 18th and is called "Allie Cat". Sassy and sultry, the song has been very popular amongst all audiences!

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by Hailey Ward

Hailey's first studio EP. Recorded spring 2015 in the McNally Smith Recording Studio Complex.