Gladstone singer's star on the rise with first release
HAYLEY Marsten used to perform Kylie Minogue's Locomotion as a little girl to her family and friends, now she's a rising star in the country music world.
Hayley, 20, will release her first EP 'Even' in April, performing it at a series of gigs around Queensland.
"I have been working on this for a little while now and I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel," she said, speaking to Pulse this week.
Her hometown of Gladstone is her next stop, playing at the Rocky Glen Hotel on April 11 with a special guest.
"Kasey Chambers' dad Bill Chambers and I were both playing in Ubobo of all places once," she said.
"He heard me play and he said he would be happy to be my producer and I said 'yeah, let's do it'.
"He is coming and playing at the gig in Gladstone and we will sing duets together."
Even was produced by Hayley and Bill at Foggy Mountain Studios in New South Wales.
Hayley said she used to love Kasey Chambers' song Pony as a child, watching the video clip all the time.
"That is so crazy that this song that I love was Bill Chambers' daughters. It is a mind-bending situation," she said.
Although she is living the life as a musician, Hayley has a super-busy schedule.
"I am in my final year of uni studying music and entertainment industries at QUT in Brisbane," she said.
"It's a struggle sometimes. There isn't a lot of time for sleeping or socialising.
"Music is my first priority but I am still trying to get good grades and it's a juggling act."
Hayley said singing was definitely a niche she had found and was never letting go of.
"I have always been a performer and I have sung my whole life," she said.
Her performance in Gladstone will have a particular vibe to it.
"I called my EP Even because I think all of the songs are about getting even in some way," Hayley said.
"Not in a vicious, crazy person way but when you haven't told that person how you felt in the moment you can write a song about how you feel and that's getting even."
Coming back to Gladstone from her Brisbane home is something Hayley can't wait for.
"I love Gladstone and I love coming back," she said. "I went to Gladstone State High."
Hayley said everyone should come down for a night out at the Rocky Glen.
"I think there will be something for everyone," she said.
"I have quite a few friends from Gladstone coming so it's going to be a really big party.
The gig is on at 7pm upstairs at the Rocky Glen.
Tickets are $16.50.
To purchase your ticket head to stickytickets.com.au.