Coinciding the release of “Tribe” with National Unity Day, Hayley explains the meaning of the song, “I know what it’s like to want something different than everyone else around you. And to feel like the more you find yourself, the less of you they understand. I wrote this song about learning for myself that all we need to be is what makes us feel alive and eventually we’ll find our “tribe,” a group of people who understand and don’t want for us to be anything but ourselves. So many times I think all I’ve needed to hear is ‘let it go, little girl.’ Let go of the ones who don’t understand and hold out for the ones who do. Don’t lose yourself in the search because your tribe is waiting and once you find them, you’ll know what it means to belong.”
Instituted by the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center in Minneapolis, MN, “belonging”
During “Unity” week, PACER will premiere the official music video for “Tribe.” Featuring handwritten messages of Unity submitted by students from across the country, the video furthers the message Hayley expressed in a “Teens Against Bullying” toolkit created for distribution to classrooms via PACER.
Additionally, Reardon was asked to design a custom “Unite Against Bullying” t-shirt. Her “celebrity”
Universal messages of “Unity” and “Inclusion”
Reardon’s “Find Your Voice” message stems from a song she wrote after winning multiple recognitions at the annual Boston Folk Festival Songwriting contest at only 12 years of age. Entitled “Stand Together,” the song, which appears on her Hope You’re Smiling Ep, was penned to encourage students and young adults to find their own voice and take a stand against bullying.
Hayley vividly recalls the genesis for writing Together, “I wrote ‘Stand Together’ a few weeks after starting the sixth grade. I was always warned that middle school could be a hard time socially because kids are known to be so brutally mean to each other at that age. The song was my response after going in and seeing it for myself. It was basically me speaking to my peers, about how this whole ‘growing up thing’ would be a little easier on all of us if we could just face it as a team”.
From the powerful team which was assembled for the making of the eleven-song Where The Artists Go [producer / drummer Lorne Entress (Catie Curtis, Lori McKenna), guitarists Kevin Barry (Ray LaMontagne, Mary Chapin Carpenter) and Mark Erelli (Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Kelly Willis), bassist Richard Gates (Paula Cole, Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, The Weepies) and pianist Glenn Patscha (Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson)] to a tribe of storied folk luminaries, Reardon continues to join forces with generations of highly artistic creative communities.
With a prominent appearance amongst the likes of Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Judy Collins, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Jackie Washington, Jim Rooney, Peter Rowan in the award-winning documentary For The Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival, which won Best Documentary at the 2012 Boston International Film Fest, to official showcases at the 2011/2012 Folk Alliance Conferences, to appearances on DittyTV, WDVX’s Blue Plate Special in Knoxville and Morning Edition on NPR affiliate WBUR in Boston, all signs for Reardon are pointing due north.
Fresh from graduating a summer performance program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hayley has been invited to join folk music legend Tom Rush as a special guest performer during his Tom Rush - Celebrating 50 Years of "Doing whatever it is he does" - Part 3 - The Modern Times at Club Passim on Sunday September 23 before returning to the iconic club on Sunday October 21 to celebrate her album release with an afternoon showcase.
09/23 - Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim (w/ Tom Rush)
09/27 - Framingham, MA @ MetroWest Women's Alliance Annual Gala
10/08 - Anchorage, AK @ Mears Middle School
10/09 - Anchorage, AK @ Goldenview Middle School
10/18 - Dedham, MA @ Paradise Cafe
10/21 - Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim (CD release show) [4:30PM]
10/27 - Boston, MA @ Mass General Hospital - Juvenile Diabetes Center
10/27 - Lynn, MA @ Walnut Street Cafe
11/20 - Concord, MA @ Concord Middle School