About this Video
16-year-old folk singer and songwriter Hayley Reardon has committed herself to using her voice to incite positive change in schools. As the Peer Spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Hayley has spent the last three years traveling the country, speaking to students and singing through her performance program Find Your Voice. Named a 2012 “Bostonian of the Year” by The Boston Globe, Hayley released her first album entitled, “Where the Artists Go” in October 2012. Her poised and inspirational talk at TEDxBeaconStreet shows why the Globe says she’s “helping to pen the next chapter of the Boston folk scene.”
About the Speaker
Born in 1996 just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Hayley Reardon discovered a passion for writing folk songs on her mother’s old guitar at a very young age. She quickly established a name for herself in the storied Cambridge, Massachusetts folk scene.
Reardon was named a Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe Magazine in 2012 in celebration of not only her music but her work to use it as a vessel for empowerment. With a voice that is distinctively rich and a contemplative sincerity in her songwriting, Reardon has far more in common with Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and Tracy Chapman than many of today’s young pop singer/songwriters, boasting a lyrical and melodic weight far beyond her years.
Performer Magazine describes her music as “brilliantly moving folk/pop with a lyrical depth and soul,” while American Songwriter Magazine refers to Numb and Blue, the lead single from Wayfindings, as “a melancholy little masterpiece.”
Her latest album, entitled “Good” (Fall 2016 release) was entirely fan-funded by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Produced by Lorne Entress (Lori McKenna, Catie Curtis, Erin McKeown), “Good” is a dazzling reflection of a period of immense growth and change, as lush arrangements surround the heart felt and humble rawness of Hayley’s writing.