Bassist and Vocalist Gwenyth Hayes' hybrid reinterpretations give due respect to classic songs and soul covers from many genres and eras. They center around her sultry voice, groove oriented bass lines and tight instrumental arrangements. This approach serves to reinvent popular soul, jazz, soft rock, and blues standards with a sensual and contemporary feel. Gwenyth's sound appeals to diverse audiences and is reminicent to many generations.
Throughout her career she has performed as both an independent artist and a professional bassist in support of various blues, pop, and soul artists. During her time in Chicago she routinely performed at the world famous Buddy Guy's Legends and the Chicago Blues Festival. She has also toured with artist such as Murali Coryell son of Larry Coryell, Laura Rain and the Ceasars, Alligator and Delmark artists Quintus McCormick, Maurice John Vaughn, Toronzo Cannon.
As an independent artist, Gwenyth's ensembles have performed at multiple festivals and venues throughout Southeastern Michigan, Chicago, and Honolulu, Hawai'i. Some festivals include the Ann Arbor Jazz Festival, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, North Atlantic Blues Festival and Arts, Beats, and Eats. She has also been featured in Buddy Guy's Legends Magazine, University of Michigan's Michigan, Ann Arbor News, Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine.
Gwenyth grew up in a musical family consisting of a father who is a conductor, composer, educator, and performer, a brother who is a well know drummer, and a mother and grandmothers who are pianists. Growing up she was exposed to jazz, classical, rock, oldies, R&B....
I find inspiration all around me. I try to make my music representative of myself and my generation. I love the places that most people don't give a second glance.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States