Hayden McHugh

FRESH: ‘Smile’ – Hayden McHugh

Hayden McHugh is back with a “Smile”!

by Christopher Smith

Pop producer and vocalist Hayden McHugh returns with his new bop “Smile”; hitting you with a super fun, tropical track with catchy melodies that Hayden serves effortlessly with his intricate voice. A song about leaving someone for greener pastures, he tells an newly-ex lover to hit the road since someone better has taken their place.

At 23, Hayden McHugh is a pop-force to be reckoned with – he is a producer, songwriter, vocalist and performer from Calgary, who is a “vibrant, exciting, and collected individual, poised to make his presence felt in the ever-evolving [Canadian] arts community”. And while his beats make you want to dance, his smooth and emotive vocals and story-telling lyrics are the reason that Hayden has been turning heads since 2016. Featuring in BassBus’ “LocalEyes” and on LocalDropMag, his single “Alone”, written by Hayden and produced by LOST YOU, has reached over 300,000 streams on Spotify in only two months.

With tunes that bop like Robyn’s, lyrics that move you like Phil Collins and beats that groove like Jon Bellion you’re bound to be up on your feet and moving your body in no time! He is also the founder of MusicGivesYYC, a program that works to create opportunities for young kids to pursue a dream in the music industry – they have raised over $2,000 and put on 4 fundraising events in Calgary, and have also collaborated with charities like the United Way in order to raise awareness of the importance of music in education.

For more about Hayden, check out his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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