Haley Bonar was discovered during an open mic event by one of her musical heroes, Alan Sparhawk of Low. The next day she quit school, crammed her Honda Civic full of gear with her drummer, and was opening for Low across the country she had barely seen. Haley was twenty years old. Since then, she has released four full length albums, several EPs, started a punk/new-wave side project (Gramma’s Boyfriend), had songs tapped for major motion pictures and has had the pleasure to tour from coast-to-coast playing some of the most amazing venues with some of the most talented artists in the world.
Haley recently released a highly acclaimed 7" single entitled 'Bad Reputation' (see NPR's review under "Press") and is currently in the studio working on her fifth full length release, which is expected to be released in 2014.
Haley has supported and performed with Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, David Garza, Amos Lee, Gary Louris, Great Lake Swimmers, Dar Williams, One Eskimo, Low, The Dodos, Horsefeathers, Over The Rhine, Pieta Brown, Hayden, Charlie Parr, Mary Lou Lord, Richard Buckner, and Langhorne Slim. Members of her live band also perform with Bon Iver, Gayngs, Alpha Consumer and Andrew Bird.
"'Bad Reputation' is darkly sparkling, but it's dispensed with a poppy brightness that's virtually impossible to resist. Haley is a remarkable performer, with a terrific ear for detail and a gift for masking melancholy observations with hooks that stick."
— NPR MUSIC
"She possesses a voice that's ideal for conveying mixed emotions about romance, fame, life."
"Haley Bonar rediscovers the pure emotion of unadorned singer-songwriter folk."
— TIME OUT NEW YORK
"To watch Bonar perform is haunting and humbling; rarely is it so keenly obvious that an artist is doing precisely what they were born to do."
— MINNEAPOLIS CITY PAGES
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