"Once You hear her roar, you'll be a convert"

-James Reed, The Boston Globe

 

Hayley Thompson-King

is a singer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist known for her complexly charismatic voice and her distinct brew of Psychedelic Country.  Her songs defiantly incorporate her operatic training (she is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music) with country and western, psychedelia and blues.  She is supported both live and in the studio by Chris Maclachlan (Human Sexual Response) on bass and Jonathan Ulman (“Session Player of the Year” -Boston Music Awards, 2016) on drums.  Amy Saltzman adds haunting harmonies, and Pete Weiss deftly covers the second guitar; his wild, garage-country licks a foil to Thompson-King’s blue, howling solos.

Thompson-King is a native of Sebastian, Florida, where she grew up riding and showing American Quarter Horses.  She is currently an Artist in Residence in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Backed by her former band Banditas, she released her first album Save The Rats on her own label Hard To Kill Records in 2012.  The album received critical acclaim:

“a wildly successful amalgam of 60’s pop, garage, country and even gospel...and awesome.”     -Razorcake

“a little Neko Case, a little Leslie Gore, a lot of lo-fi Americana wonderful.”                                -The Boston Herald

“Their minimal, gothic, harmony-rich music makes you sort of worried you are about to get pushed into an abandoned Texas mine-shaft by a psychopath with a shotgun and a dresser full of love letters.”     -Luke O’Neil for Street Boners and TV Carnage

In 2012 Thompson-King joined Major Stars as lead singer, subsequently touring nationally and recording 2 albums with the band; Decibels of Gratitude (Important Records, 2013) and Motion Set (Drag City, 2016).

Thompson-King's debut solo record, Psychotic Melancholia, is scheduled for release September 1, 2017