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A Birthday in the Pawnshop (Morristown)

critics are saying

“Though her songwriting is uniformly lean and vivid, Hayes isn’t always mining misery for material. Still, the basic appeal is in the sorrowful details here, spoken and unspoken, and in the sound of Hayes’s soulful soprano.”

The Washington Post

“A songwriter capable of sharp introspection and character examination… resting somewhere between the literacy of Aimee Mann and the mass market sheen of Sarah McLachlan.”


“Meghan Hayes emerges from a many-years recording absence to deliver one of 2019’s most impressive recordings. Seen Enough Leavers is a gorgeous sounding album, literate and intense.”

Fervor Coulee

Seen Enough Leavers is an “aural triumph with raw, soul-baring emotion, pain, loss and finally, hope. Hayes is not just a writer – she is a bona-fide poet who can paint a picture of desperation through deep lyrics… While the lyrics are definitely heavy throughout this record, they are downright brilliant and show the poetic depth of this extremely versatile, talented singer/songwriter. Hayes’ pure soprano vocals will grab you from the first note, while her lyrics will hold you enraptured until the last.”

Ink 19

 “The entire album is so well written that you experience much of it like she’s taking you by the hand going on a walk.  She shares all those painful moments and just before she lets go of your hand and parts, leaves you with a ray of hope.”

Americana Highways

abridged list of venues played

  • Aqualand Ale House, WI
  • The Basement, TN
  • The Birchmere, VA
  • The Black Cat, DC
  • The Bluebird Cafe, TN
  • The Bowery Vault, TN
  • Byron’s, IA
  • CBGBs, NY
  • Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, TN
  • The Family Wash, TN
  • The 5 Spot, TN
  • Genghis Cohen, CA
  • Hotel Roosevelt, CA
  • Indie Coffee, WI
  • Iota, VA
  • Music Makers Stage at Delgado Guitars, TN
  • The Outtaspace, IL
  • perk & cork, TN
  • Phat Bites, TN
  • Pilgrimage Festival, TN
  • The Post East, TN
  • Royal Madikwe, Tuningi, South Africa
  • The Strathmore, MD
  • 3rd & Lindsley, TN
  • The Tin Angel, PA
  • True Music Room, TN
  • Village Wine, IL

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Meghan Hayes tour dates


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Seen Enough Leavers is the third record from East Nashville songwriter Meghan Hayes. Hard on the heels of a divorce, the songs here are tough, sonically diverse and lyrically driven. Sometimes folky, sometimes reaching into the realms of pop and rock but always grounded in the art of songwriting itself, this album is by far Hayes’s most ambitious recording to date. Hayes reached out to her local community and invited some heavyweight guest musicians, including Audley Freed, Mando Saenz, and Derry DeBorja into the studio to flesh out the sound. The result is a stunning look and listen into the heart and mind of one of the most promising songwriters working today.

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