New cross-genre songwriting from PDX
Songwriter Haley Heynderickx grew up in a religious household in Oregon, closely identifying with her Filipino roots, but also straddling multiple cultural identities. Now she lives in Portland, and her faith is not overt, but her introspection and continued struggle for selfactualization are easily accessible and relatable. The tracks on her debut album, "I Need to Start a Garden," reflect seemingly disparate elements. Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Haley’s music immediately recalls the folk scene of the '60s and '70s, mixed with a love of jazz radio. But her singing—her vocals that range from sultry to operatic—reveals a tenacity in her soul. Aware of the birds, the garden, and anyone listening acutely, Haley Heynderickx's music serves as an invitation for all to join her. Because the beauty of a garden is that while it’s often started for deeply personal reasons, its bounty is best consumed and shared with others. Haley opened for Ani DiFranco at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, and now she's back for a full show of her own.