Kirkland Performance Center presents...

A Virtual Concert with Haley Johnsen

  • Thursday, December 17, 2020 8:00PM


Tune-in on Thursday, December 17 at 8pm as Portland-based musician Haley Johnsen joins KPC at Home: LiveStream for a virtual concert.

About the Artist

Haley Johnsen is a Portland, Oregon-born musician with a knack for genre-bending and a hard-earned career path that is uniquely her own. Raised listening to powerhouse Americana singers (such as Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter, Eva Cassidy, and Bonnie Raitt), her greatest inspirations become apparent in her soaring vocals, introspective lyricism, and cross-pollinated style of bluesy-Americana, indie-pop, and rock music. Whether her songs muse on the aches of self-doubt, the joy that can accompany nostalgia, or simply trying to stay afloat in tough times, her bona fide songwriting combined with her performance ability is bound to evoke an emotional response. “I want my music to encourage people to push through their challenges and continue to have hope and belief in themselves and their authenticity,” she says.

After accomplishing a spot on American Idol’s top 24 in 2012, Haley spent the next several years launching her solo career, which began with the release of her 2015 EP, Through the Blue. She followed up with her second EP, When You Lit The Sky, in 2017, along with handful of singles and national tours with Austin, Texas’ The Wind and the Wave and Sawyer Fredericks, a finalist from NBC’s The Voice. In 2019, Haley released her critically acclaimed 12-track debut album, Golden Days, featuring artist Allen Stone on vocals on one of the project’s highlight tracks, “Weekend.” That same year, Haley toured with the power-trio sister-band Joseph, and with EDM/Indie pop artist Big Wild, who she currently works with as a bassist and backup vocalist.

During her first Europe tour in January of 2019, Haley was granted the opportunity to record an acoustic album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London with the assistance of audio engineer Lewis Jones who worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, such as the recent James Bond films and several Marvel films. Just before her second Europe tour in early 2020, she released her acoustic album, London Sessions, a collection of re-released songs sung live in Studio One.  She recorded every song in one take. “London Sessions allows people to see me at my most raw and authentic,” she said.

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