Austin born, Paris based 27-year-old singer Hailey Tuck is an extraordinary talent. Her debut album on Sony ‘Junk’, produced by the legendary Larry Klein, is a 12 track masterclass in evocative, effortless, totally sublime singing.
Hailey joyously rips up the rulebooks turning jazz on its head by putting her own spin on songs by artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen (They Don’t Make It Junk), Ray Davies (Alcohol) and Pulp (Underwear). Classics from Cabaret and Leonard Bernstein rub shoulders with brand new songs. All are totally and literally addictive.
“I wanted to work with the Mark Ronson of jazz”, Hailey says. “So I looked at who had produced modern jazz singers I love, Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot, in particular. That was Larry. When we met we were on the same page straight away. It was magical.”
It was a marriage made in jazz heaven and recorded at LA’s infamous Sunset Sound Studios with a band of veteran jazz musicians. “Hailey Tuck is one of a kind,” says multi Grammy Award winning producer Larry Klein. “She’s the Breakfast At Tiffany’s Holly GoLightly of Jazz. A natural writer and a whip-smart observer of the world around her.”
Hailey left her native Austin, Texas at 18 and moved to Paris, honing her live sound at Le Buzz and the now defunct underground club Tres Honoree. This debut album follows widespread acclaim for a trio of EPs Hailey self-released between 2014 and 2016.
Other album highlights include Joni Mitchell’s ‘Cactus, Colin Blunstone’s pop classic ‘Say You Don’t Mind’, and Paul McCartney’s ‘Junk’. The sheer range and breadth of Hailey Tuck’s massive artistry is prevalent throughout this spectacular debut album.
‘Junk’ is the perfect introduction to this unique talent.
And it’s only the beginning. Miss this at your peril.