Hayley Sabella

Hayley Sabella

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Hayley Sabella

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Hayley Sabella’s music is just shy of fitting in. Massachusetts-born but Nicaragua-raised, Hayley mixes gripping melodies with honest, intimate lyrics to create sonic landscapes both spare and lush, all delivered with unabashed earnestness. Hayley’s distinct style has led to invitations to support legendary artists including Emmylou Harris, Ry Cooder, and Ryley Walker, to name a few. Her music has garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone Country, Billboard, and The Bluegrass Situation, among other publications.

“What’s unquestionable is Sabella’s songwriting skills and intimate vocal delivery, as evidenced on her second album, Forgive the Birds, a 10-song mix of affecting ballads and hook-heavy uptempo sing-alongs.” -Billboard 

“Sounds like a time-lapse recording of the weather-beaten New England coast – sometimes cold and deadly, other times refreshing and full of life…Hayley Sabella’s folk-tinted Americana captures the duality of the natural world.” -Rolling Stone Country

Her Crooked Heart

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

With To Love To Leave To Live, Minneapolis-based Her Crooked Heart presents a debut record unique in form, made up of cyclical narratives and intertwining histories, each informing the next. The result is a transformative song cycle, led by a charismatic personality, wholly indifferent to expectations of genre and instrumentation. Rachel Ries, the writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer behind Her Crooked Heart, demonstrates immense vulnerability and multifaceted musical craftsmanship to deliver a personal and profound musical soliloquy on love, leaving and the life that follows after burning it all down.

To bring these songs and this record to the stage, Ries has enlisted a powerful group of women; women who can, in their way, take on the feminine, humanist mantle of Her Crooked Heart and make it their own: Siri Undlin (Humbird), Adelyn Strei (Adro), Hilary James (We are the Willows, Bathtub Cig). The quartet blends classical and electric guitar; piano and vintage synths; cello, woodwinds and drum triggers. This merging of acoustic and synthetic sounds is all in service of the voice: four part vocal harmonies that shift from ethereal to an elemental wail, always telling a story of transformation.

In 2013, after two and a half years of marriage, Ries found herself touring a record around the world, accompanied by a stack of divorce papers in a pocket of her suitcase. She had left her marriage and a good man in New York City and leapt into the untethered unknown. What transpired was in turns euphoria and despondence; old lessons learned in new ways. The songs on To Love To Leave To Live are a compassionate and at times wry catalogue of those tumultuous years, unflinchingly captured in the studio with co-producer Shane Leonard.

Hayley Sabella Visit Artist's Website

Other Performances You Might Like

Our KitchenDinner at PassimOffering a variety of burgers, salads, and dessertsSee Dinner MenuThe Listening RoomExperience PassimLearn what makes Passim unlike any venue in the countryExperience Passim