Edwina Hayes (born 6 June 1973, in Dublin, Ireland) is an English singer-songwriter. She grew up in Preston, Lancashire before moving to the East Riding of Yorkshire where she gained her first musical experience playing cover versions.
Since 1999 she has played regularly in London and Nashville establishing herself as an accomplished songwriter in the process.
She released her debut album Out on My Own in 2005. The album was co-produced by singer-songwriter Clive Gregson and featured Dr. Hook singer Dennis Locorriere on two tracks. Her single Eyes of a Stranger received regular plays on BBC Radio 2 courtesy of broadcaster Michael Parkinson.
In 2005 she toured extensively as support act to such notable performers as Jools Holland, Nanci Griffith, Ricky Ross and Loudon Wainwright III. In 2006 and 2007 she again supported Nanci Griffith.
Hayes released her second solo album, Pour Me a Drink in February 2008. Released on a small independent label it was a much simpler recording than her debut, most tracks just featuring her voice and guitar. The title track was later recorded by Nanci Griffith.
In 2009 her version of Randy Newman's "Feels Like Home" was featured in the movie My Sister's Keeper. During June 2009 Hayes supported ex-Byrd Roger McGuinn on his British tour.
Her third solo album Good Things Happen Over Coffee was released in 2011.
In late 2006 she teamed up with fellow singer-songwriters Amy Wadge and Rosalie Deighton under the name of Hummingbird. They toured together and recorded an album, They Don't Make Mirrors Like They Used To for release in early 2007. Before the album's release Deighton left to concentrate on her solo career and was replaced by Cathy Burton. This change in line up delayed the album's release, now to be called Tougher Than Love release was put back until August. The new line up's touring schedule included an appearance at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival, playing the Acoustic Stage on the final day of the festival.
Hummingbird is currently on hold due to the pregnancy of other band members,
Edwina lives in Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire. She performed at the 2011 wedding of BBC Radio 2 presenter Alex Lester after he featured her music on his programme. Edwina also played a stunning live performance of Feels Like Home and other songs at her good friends Ashley and Mark's Wedding in Horsham in 2014.
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