b. England. The daughter of guitarist John ‘Spider’ Hutchinson, whose session credits include a stint with David Bowie in the 70s, singer-songwriter Hayley Hutchinson grew up in Scotland and was influenced by a wide spectrum of musical tastes from an early age. Hutchinson sang in a band called Freeb while still at school, but after this outfit split up she opted to pour her energies into learning the guitar and developing her nascent songwriting. After leaving school she based herself in York and made the occasional foray into London to showcase her material. Her original demo recording, which was completed in 2000, was promising enough to attract the attention of the influential disc jockey Bob Harris, who played the track ‘Climb Through’ on his BBC Radio 2 music show. Despite the increase in interest Hutchinson was forced to record her debut album on a very tight budget, funding the recording from her day job soldering circuit boards at a local electronics factory. Backed by York-based musicians, Hutchinson completed the recording within a week in January 2004. Independently Blue, released later in the year on the artist’s own HaYLo Media imprint, received some encouraging local reviews, but it was Radio 2 disc jockey Terry Wogan’s championing of the track ‘Here’s The Love’ which boosted her career. The artist’s crystal clear vocals and winsome folk-influenced pop was tailor-made for the station’s listeners, and helped introduce her music to a wider audience. Independently Blue was picked up for distribution by Gut Records and re-released the following autumn.
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