“ I wanna say a HUGE THANK U to Hailey Benedict who blew us away tonight!!!!!” – Keith Urban
Captivating a worldwide audience after performing her original song ‘Clean Slate’ for country super star Keith Urban and nearly 20,000 fans at Rogers Place Arena, 17 year old Hailey Benedict continues to forge her own independent, impressive mark as a rising talent in the Canadian Country music industry.
Recognized in 2014 as the youngest winner of the Association of Country Music Alberta (ACMA) Fan’s Choice Award, this dynamic, guitar wielding singer/songwriter was named as one of this year’s Top 10 Canadian Songwriting Competition youth finalists, as well as a five-time North America Country Music Association International Youth Award winner, including Female Vocalist and Most Promising Female Entertainer and Songwriter of the Year (New Country & Patriotic).
At just 17, Hailey has already performed for numerous large-scale events including the Alberta Country Music Awards, Big Valley Jamboree, Seven Music Fest, Canadian Finals Rodeo and John Cameron Changing Lives production of Crescendo and Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. She’s been invited to sing twice at Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge in Nashville, TN and most recently, Hailey represented both the ACMA and Sirroma Entertainment’s ‘Diamonds in the Rough’ Artist Showcases during the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association Week in Hamilton, ON.
As the 2017 Road to main stage winner at Big Valley Jamboree, Hailey won the opportunity to open for Jason Aldean and Chris Young and has had the privilege to open for several other internationally recognized Canadian country music artists including Lindsay Ell, Gord Bamford, Doc Walker, Codie Prevost and The Hunter Brothers. Most notably, Hailey received international attention when a video of her impromptu original performance for Keith Urban went viral reaching more than 10 million combined views to date.
Despite some of her recent accolades, Hailey humbly reflects on all of her experiences as opportunities for growth and inspirations for her journey in songwriting and performing. As she works on her much anticipated release of her 4th single (a catchy & empowering song about resiliency produced by Dan Davidson & Ari Rhodes from Hands Up Music), Hailey also remains committed to working hard and lending her voice and music to help support numerous fundraisers and charitable initiatives. A strong advocate for mental health and anti-bullying, Hailey has also helped support a large number of charitable foundations such as The Stollery Children’s Hospital, CASA, Santa’s Anonymous, CNIB and the CIBC Run for the Cure. As a result of her personal achievements and philanthropic efforts in the community, Hailey received the biggest honour of her young life when she was recognized in 2017, alongside former Canadian Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell and 11 other inspiring women, as one of the youngest ever Global (TV) Woman of Vision award recipients
. 2018 Top 10 National Canadian Songwriting Competition Finalist (Under 18 - "Crazy")
· Reached iTunes Top 50 Selling Country Singles Chart ("Crazy" - 2018) ("Clean Slate" - 2017)
. 4 x Canadian Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist (2017 & 2018)
. 2018 Canadian Country Music Association CCMA Week non-sanctioned ‘ACMA’S At CCMA’s’ & ‘Diamonds In The Rough’ Showcase Performer
. 2018 Alberta Men & Women Of Country Music Rising Star Award Recipient
. 2018 Top 5 Nominee for Horizon Youth Award & Fan's Choice
. 2017 Canadian Country Music Association's CCMA Week non-sanctioned 'Diamonds in the Rough' & 'Somewhere in Alberta' Emerging Artist Showcase Performer
· 5 x 2017 North America Country Music Association International Youth Award Winner
· 2017 Big Valley Jamboree ATB Homegrown Talent Stage Grand Winner - performed main stage opening for country headliners Chris Young & Jason Aldean
· 2017 Global Woman of Vision Award recipient
· 2017 K-Days Youth Talent Search Grand Winner
. 3 x Brad Roy Songwriting Award (2016, 2017, 2018)
· Performed original song for Keith Urban & 20K fans
· 2016 Global Country Canada Youth Winner
. 2016 Yamaha Keys To The JUNO'S National Songwriting Contest Honourable Mention
· 2016 Country 106.5 Star Search Winner
· 2014 Association of Country Music in Alberta Fan's Choice Award Winner
· Top 8 ATB All-Albertan Songwriting Finalist (2013)