2010 proved to be a breakout year for singer, songwriter and performer Amber Hayes. Her debut single, “C’mon,” went Top 40 on the Music Row chart, she celebrated the release of her first EP with a live show and broadcast on legendary radio station WSM 650AM, and she made her performance debut at the world-renowned CMA Music Festival.
Amber continued to break new ground in 2011. In March, she signed a booking agreement with national talent agency Brand N Music, which saw the Oklahoma native touring on a regular basis with chart-topping artist Ty Herndon. She also landed her first movie role with an appearance in the 2012 rodeo-themed family film, Cowgirls N’ Angels. Several of Amber’s songs, including one unreleased track, appear in the movie and on the soundtrack. Her second single, “Wait,” proved to be another Top 40 success, and the video (directed by three-time CMT Director of the Year Steven Goldmann) world-premiered at No. 1 on Yallwire.com.
“Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I was exposed to a lot of traditional Country music, and I guess I gravitated more toward the female singers like Dolly and Barbara, and then later, Reba,” says Hayes, whose talents as a theater performer earned her a leading role as Kathy Twitty in the 2008 Conway Twitty musical, It’s Only Make Believe. “I’ve got great respect for the history of Country music, and it’s always been a dream of mine to play the Opry. My music definitely has a contemporary style to it, and I’m thrilled that it connects with today’s Country music fans, but my roots go back a long way.”