This is an archive of the band profile for Hayley Gaftarnick.
Hayley Gaftarnick, is an independent singer/song-writer from Leeds. Her husky and powerful voice tells honest and frank stories of a road well travelled. Whilst being inspired by some of the great names of soul and blues, such as Otis Reading, Donny Hathaway, Etta James and Aretha Franklin, Gaftarnick manages to create a sound that is both familiar and yet truly unique.
Having been recognised as one of Leeds' favourite solo performers, the Leeds-based singer-songwriter has established a fan-base far beyond her home city. Hayley is set to release her eagerly awaited debut single 'Turn To Stone' which is an unbelievingly catchy, upbeat record about unrequited love, from her debut album 'Circles'. Hayley attended BBC Introducing's Masterclass this year and 'Turn To Stone' and 'Forgive Me' have been played regularly on Alan Raws' BBC Introducing West Yorkshire show. "Hayley consistently produces outstanding music"-Alan Raw, BBC IntroducingWY.
Gaftarnick has recently supported big acts such as Jack Savoretti Band at the charity fundraiser 'musicVcancer' in Hartlepool where the band described her as having "four voices". Gaftarnick also supported the incredible Syd Arthur in Leeds on their recent tour, Hayley was described by Raven Bush as "amazing!"
The single launch for 'Turn To Stone', was held at a ram packed Oporto, Call Lane, Leeds, Monday 29th July 2013
Gaftarnick's new 'live' video version of 'Turn To Stone' is available online at youtube.com/HGaftarnick
Hayley's Album launch of 'Circles' was launched October 4th at Brudenel Social Club in Leeds to another packed out room.
Hayley also has the opportunity to record and perform with some of Yorkshire's finest musicians, Rosie Doonan (Rose and The Howling North/Cuckoo Records/Cry Baby Cry), JonnyTheFirth(Cry Baby Cry/Cuckoo Records), Adam Richards(Spirit of John/Xray Cat Trio/Cuckoo Records, Sam Lawrence(Wilful Missing/Gary Stewart/Rosie Doonan), Nici Todd(Cry Baby Cry/Cuckoo Records), Samuel Thornton(Louis, Louis, Louis) Richard Collie(Hotfoot Powder/Louis,Louis,Louis), Simon Beddoe(Submotion Orchestra/Haggis Horns), Lee Smith(Middleman/Greenmount Studio's), Jamie Lockhart (Mi, Mye./Greenmount Studio's)
"Hayley has been a stalwart of the Leeds Music Scene for years from promoting well respected nights that offer other artists the opportunity to be heard to being a hugely talented performer in her own right with a powerful soulful voice that has made her such a unique talent."
East Leeds fm - Elfm
Here's a link to some recent press items: