Haley Mears grew up outside Philadelphia listening to an eclectic mix of early ragtime and jazz, classic rock, and 1980's pop radio. Haley studied voice from middle through high school, and played casual coffeehouse gigs with friends through college. Musically she was dormant for many years after that until discovering the Crossroads Music Community. Since then, Haley has been fortunate enough to have studied voice and music with great teachers including Lynn Asher, Sandy Griffith, Amber Morris, April Grisman, Michael LaMacchia, Rob Fordyce, Ken Cook, and Raz Kennedy.
From 2013-2017, Haley was a lead and backing vocalist in the popular 9-piece R&B band, the James Moseley Band. She has sung and recorded with Michael LaMacchia's New Directions and performed with his Organic Jive Collective. Haley currently continues her musical journey with Michael as part of their all-original project The New Music Foundation. Haley also loves to get the Led out, among other rock pleasures, with her rock band, dBRx, and to get down and dirty with the blues with the East Bay’s Bait & Switch Blues Band. Haley is also fortunate to be able to make guest appearances with a variety of Bay Area artists including a memorable gig in August 2019 with Mo'Fone at SF Jazz. She has also taken the stage with a variety of tremendous artists at great Bay Area venues including the Great American Music Hall, the Sweetwater Music Hall, Ashkenaz, and Terrapin Crossroads.
Haley has a pure, evocative voice and a smooth, natural delivery. Her deep presence is expressed through her rich, emotion-laden tones. Haley loves to sing a wide variety of material from rock to blues to singer/songwriter material to R&B, and even sometimes jazz on occasion. No matter the genre, Haley sings music that resonates with something deep inside herself, and her heartfelt delivery and unique voice reach out to stir your heart and move your body and your soul.
Haley is available to perform a wide variety of music including jazz, blues, pop, R&B, and rock and regularly gigs with many talented and diverse Bay Area musicians. Haley is happy to perform for weddings, restaurant entertainment, house concerts, and many other types of events. Haley is also available for recording session work as a background vocalist for many types of music.
Haley also enjoys coaching adult and teen vocal students in both vocal technique and performance. Haley teaches through the Crossroads Music Community as well as privately. For more information, see the Coaching section of this website.