2 x CMAA Golden Guitar ‘Female Artist of the Year’ (2022, 2023) & CMC Award (2018) finalist, Hayley Jensen, released a brand-new summer anthem, ‘Welcome Back Summer’ on Friday 29 September 2023.
‘Welcome Back Summer’ is a catchy summer ear-worm, bound to get toes tapping and the crowd singing along! Co-written by Jensen alongside award winning artists Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley, it’s about the anticipation and excitement for the return of summer after the colder seasons. A cheerful, upbeat country-pop jam set to be the soundtrack of summer.
“I’ve recently been showcasing freshly written songs at shows, asking the audience to help me choose which ones I should record for the next album. ‘Welcome Back Summer’ was a standout crowd favourite, so I quickly diverted my producer’s focus to start working on it to ensure I could get it out in time for Summer! It celebrates the joys of the season, such as beach parties, the warmth of the sun on your skin, the sand beneath your toes, as well calling out what inevitably happens when it really starts to burn up – we all start ‘whinging about the heat’ – a nod to the banter at Tamworth Country Music Festival each year!” says Hayley.
‘Welcome Back Summer’ follows the hugely successful release of ‘Rock Bottom’, which skyrocketed to #1 in the Australian Country Radio & Country Radio Chartswhere it stayed in the top spot for 3 consecutive weeks. The unique, colourful music video had heads spinning too & was added to CMT across the board.
‘Bring It On’, released in April this year, also hit #1 on Australian Country Radio Charts & climbed to the #5 spots on KIX Country Hottest 20 & CMT Australia Top 50. It was also released to Country Radio across North America (SiriusXM) & Canadian Country Radio.
Once again, Hayley teamed up with Troy Kokol at Reluctant Cowboy Records, Canada, to produce Welcome Back Summer’, who was also at the helm on her ARIA #1 Charting Country Album, ‘Breakin’ Hearts’, as well as her last two chart topping country radio singles ‘Rock Bottom’ & ‘Bring It On’.
Hayley has been touring extensively throughout 2023, showcasing brand new music at headline shows across the country, as well as performing in top festival spots such as: Tamworth Country Music Festival (headlined main stage), Gympie Music Muster, Charters Towers Country Music Festival (headliner), Stock Route Country
Music Festival, Texas QLD Country Music Festival, Lights on the Hill, various PBR Australia Events & Festivals plus many more.
UPCOMING FESTIVAL & SHOW DATES
28 Oct – PBR Australia, Iron Cowboy, Tamworth, NSW
1-8 Dec – Cruisin’ Country, New Caledonia
Sun 10 Dec – A Lazy Sunday Avro on the Terrace, Camden Hotel, NSW (with Christie Lamb)
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