Now based in Vancouver, Hayley Wallis began her musical journey at a young age singing for her family and community on a small, isolated island known as Klemtu, located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Being part of the Kitasoo/Xais’xais Nation has ultimately shaped who Hayley is today and helped carve a path for where she is bravely steering her journey with her second single and her debut EP. Passionate about leaving a strong legacy, she sings for herself, her children, and her people, and hopes to set an example that will empower the young generation of her community to pursue their dreams.
Her brand-new single, ‘Think Of You, is currently #28 and rising on the Indigenous Music Countdown, her second straight Top 40 hit in a row there, following her debut single, “Coffee Cup,” and let me know if you’d like to do an interview with her!
I started my music journey in November 2021
“Think Of You”
Favourite musician growing up:
TLC, Destiny’s Child & Whitney Houston
Favourite musician now:
It always changes but right now it’s Lewis Capaldi & Olivia Dean.
Guilty pleasure song:
Because I got high by Afroman haha I’ve always wanted to cover this song and turn it into a balled, I think it would be amazing haha.
Live show ritual:
My friends and I usually meet up and get ready together – they’re the best hype crew! then I show up at the venue and try my best to play it off like I’m not nervous and drink an insane amount of water.
Favourite local musician:
Luvinya – she’s such an incredible soulful artist!
EP or LP?
Early bird or night owl?
If you asked me a month ago I would have said night owl, but I’m turning a new leaf haha I’m an early bird now.
Road or studio?
Road, I love travelling and hitting up the best food places wherever I’m at!
Where can we follow you?
Rapid Fire Vancouver Qs
Favourite local restaurant:
Havana Vancouver (on the commercial drive)
Favourite street in your city:
Commercial drive! – I went to high school on the drive and have been in love since! It’s the cutest little community!
Favourite park in your city:
Stanley Park! The seawall and beaches, is that even a question?! Haha
Favourite music venue in your city:
Guilt And Co in Gastown! The most beautiful stage set up and the sound is so great!
Favourite music store in your city:
HMV, but they no longer have those around LOL. I should probably find a new one.