They grew up only 3 miles apart in Northern California — though Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels didn’t know each other until well after each had embarked on their own musical career in Nashville. Shortly after meeting they began singing and writing together and discovered an electric musical connection. With two unique voices coming together as one complete sound, there is no lead singer in this duo. Their vocal blend and harmonies carry their music, each song showing two halves of a conversation that unfolds over time.
Over the past couple of years, the duo — now Haley & Michaels — have quietly gone about building their music career inch by inch and piece by piece.
Now, in 2014, things aren’t nearly as quiet as before. “Just Another Love Song”, their debut single, premiered on Sirius XM The Highway and has sold 25,000 copies worldwide. The video, directed by CMA Video Of The Year award winning Shane Drake, climbed to the top of the CMT Pure playlist, and entered into the top 10 on the GAC Countdown and spent 20 straight weeks on the chart.
Their newly released self-titled debut EP, produced by CMA Award Winning producers Kyle Jacobs and Matt McClure, captures the signature vocal arrangements, the passion, and the artistic depth of the duo.
On release day, Sirius XM The Highway showcased another song from the duo, “One More Night To Break”, which was co-written with the Warren Brothers. Adding to the excitement, The Highway has also added the duo’s compelling version of the cover “500 Miles” to their rotation.
“There are some definite game-changers that have taken place – Sirius XM adding our song on the Highway has been huge – along with the additional support from radio – including early believers who have started playing our song, like KRTY/San Jose and KKGO/Los Angeles. You can see where the power of that has changed everything. It’s connected us to so many fans that we wouldn’t have known before. That, to me, has been so powerful and so exciting”, Haley says.
From writing their songs to promoting them, Haley & Michaels have done everything independently — which is quickly becoming a business model in the industry that works. In 2013, the duo swept through the Nashville Independent Music Awards, winning 4 awards including Song Of The Year and Artist Of The Year. They say they are just trying to soak everything in along the way.
“We are having an absolute blast and have so many wonderful memories. I believe that by doing it in increments, we are building a strong foundation. This isn’t a short-term thing for us, it’s our life. We’ve never really thought about the option of it not working out. With everything from our fan base to our creative team to our co-writers, we are trying to build a solid platform that we hope will set us up well for the long run. It is so rewarding when you do it yourself, and when you’re there for every step of the way”, says Michaels.
After seeing their magnetic chemistry in their high energy stage show, industry powerhouse William Morris Agency came on board to represent them. They have been touring with and opening shows for country music stars such as Brett Eldredge, Parmalee, Clint Black, Hank Williams Jr., Dustin Lynch, and the latest, Martina McBride.
Haley & Michaels is currently on a national radio tour in support of their first official FM release, “Just Another Love Song”. Keep an eye on this duo, as Billboard has recently stated, “Haley & Michaels is ready to break.”