Hailey Steele

 

 

"Wandering Heart" available now!

SO MUCH EXCITEMENT!

Well, the past month has been a very exciting whirlwind for me. I got to be Taste of Country's #LetTheGirlsPlay featured artist of the month, I performed in Mexico, a song I co-wrote (Fight Like a Girl - Kalie Shorr) was named a Sirius XM Highway Find and was featured as an iTunes New Artist Spotlight. But it keeps getting better, and in ONE WEEK, my new single "Where I Thought I'd Be" will be HERE along with a video that's a reminder of all of my memories along the way. I'm so excited to share it all with you. 

Doing all of this grass roots style means that every single tweet, share or song purchase helps spread the word. Thank you to everybody who has already pre-ordered WITIB and thank you to anybody who has purchased, shared or requested "Fight Like A Girl." I am super proud of Ms. Kalie Shorr AND our song we co-wrote with Lena Stone, fellow members of the #LetTheGirlsPlay movement.  Keep doin what you're doin and see ya next Friday!  

 

- HS 

 

 

 

 

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 Fight Like a Girl - Single by Kalie Shorr  https://itun.es/us/rkm1_

Fight Like a Girl - Single by Kalie Shorr

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Island Time

I always feel a little sad after coming down from a great adventure. I spent the past week in Isla Mujeres, Mexico with a lot of awesome friends and artists. We were performing at the Island Time Music Fest and Fishing Tournament, a fundraiser for The Little Yellow Schoolhouse. LYSH is a school for the local special needs children on the island, and it is kept open solely from what the festival makes every year. This was my second year back, but it's the first year that I actually got to tour the school and meet some of the students. That made it so much more real to me. It's such a great cause and it's so important to raise this money so that these sweet kids get the extra care and education that they wouldn't otherwise. I was so moved this week and truly sad to leave. I wanted to share my experience and some pictures from the week in this magical place. If you want to be involved, visit www.islandtimemusicfest.com! 

 

 We put on a concert for the locals. We handed out egg shakers so the kiddies could play along. Miguel got up at the end to translate for us!  

We put on a concert for the locals. We handed out egg shakers so the kiddies could play along. Miguel got up at the end to translate for us!  

 One of the classrooms at the Little Yellow Schoolhouse. So cute.  

One of the classrooms at the Little Yellow Schoolhouse. So cute.  

 Playing peek-a-boo with one of the LYSH students

Playing peek-a-boo with one of the LYSH students

 Some of the artists - Love and Theft, Natalie Stovall, Tylor Bailey, Amara GiveLove

Some of the artists - Love and Theft, Natalie Stovall, Tylor Bailey, Amara GiveLove

 The ceiling at Mango Cafe where there is a stuffed pepper with bacon and eggs!!  

The ceiling at Mango Cafe where there is a stuffed pepper with bacon and eggs!!  

 From the stage at one of the venues

From the stage at one of the venues

 From the "Island of Women" 

From the "Island of Women" 

 My view from another one of the venues  

My view from another one of the venues  

 Just hanging out in a treehouse at school! 

Just hanging out in a treehouse at school! 

Christmas Swag!

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 Everything Bundle - includes an EP, 5X7, sticker and t-shirt - $25

Everything Bundle - includes an EP, 5X7, sticker and t-shirt - $25

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Bundle - $10 - includes EP, 5x7 and sticker  

 Signed EP - $5    

Signed EP - $5   

 Unisex Cotton T - $15

Unisex Cotton T - $15

 Signed 5x7 - $5     

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 3x3 sticker - $4

3x3 sticker - $4

Upping my game

Hey y'all! Since I haven't been the best about blogging for the past YEAR, I thought I would get back on it. For some reason I've always been motivated by somebody lighting a fire under my...well, you know the term. But anyway, I just got a gentle hint from a friend that it wasn't up to par and that person was correct. I obviously can't give you a full run-down of the past year in one blog entry, so I'm just gonna start over.

 

I've spent the past week re-charging in beautiful Northern California. I think I've eaten more food this week than I have in the last month combined, and have finally caught up on sleep! I did an interview today with my friend Dan Hill, an awesome writer I met in DC last year. Our interview will be featured on Dan's podcast which I will provide details on later. Its amazing how fun and quick an interview is when the host is a good interviewer!  He asks some really interesting questions and I can't wait for you to hear the interview. You can find Dan at huffpost.com/daniel-hill for now. Here's some pictures from my Cali Thanksgiving...I have to go eat more food now. ✌🏼️✌🏼

 

 

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 Grama Renie's pecan pie recipe... 

Grama Renie's pecan pie recipe... 

Delectable Magical Miracle Face Goo

Delectable Magical Miracle Face Goo

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There are few things I love more than DIY beauty products, especially ones that are effective. I know that most of us women would go to all ends of the earth to find the perfect face products, and I'm always testing cremes and masks and scrubs in various price ranges. WELL, this year for Christmas, I received a jar of delectable magical miracle homemade face goo from my friend Jenn, and it's so great that I have to tell everyone about it.

 It's called the "Not from LONDON FOG Facial," and is made from all natural ingredients, including doTerra essential oils. I put it on in the shower pretty much every day (after face wash), wait til it heats up a little bit, and then wash it off. Since it's all natural and doTerra oils are safe to ingest, it's okay if a little gets in your mouth...and it tastes yummy. HA! This concoction is great because it exfoliates, de-puffs and minimizes pores. I started noticing immediately that it made my skin glow, and now I'm actually comfortable leaving the house without foundation. Jenn said you can also use it on your body (caffeine will reduce the appearance of cellulite) but this stuff is so good that I want to save it all for my face. This stuff is awesome, all natural, and inexpensive. The best part is that you can make it at home - here's the recipe:

"Not from LONDON FOG facial"

1/4 cup raw honey

3T baking soda

1T coffee grinds

3 drops lemongrass doTerra essential oil

3 drops ginger doTerra essential oil

-If you're not familiar with doTerra oil, it's a great thing to check out. Jenn has made me a total believer. You can buy the oils from doTerra for retail price, or contact Jenn at www.theoilcancino.com to find out how you can get a 55% discount. 

Enjoy your delectable magical miracle face goo! 





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Beauty Blog?

Doing hair and makeup has always been a passion of mine. I've always been deeply interested in trying new products, looks, methods and colors. A couple weeks ago, I got what I call "Grade 2" ready (Grade 1 is my highest form of glam - reserved for award shows, weddings, very special occasions, etc.) to go to a show. One of my friends started asking me about everything I use and how I do each specific part of my face. She told me I should start a beauty blog, and it sounded like fun!

Over years of performing, I've gotten decent at doing my hair. I like doing it, but it seems like more of a chore than doing my makeup. Makeup is basically like painting my face, and it serves as yet another creative outlet for my mind. It's fun and calming - especially before a show, and I love doing it for other people, too. I'm by no means a pro, but I've had my makeup done by a lot of different artists for a lot of different mediums - stage, photography, reality tv, high def - so I've picked up a lot of cool tricks along the way.

The looks I'm posting below are all from my holiday tour with Stephen Kellogg and company. I even taught those boys a thing or two about dry shampoo. Enjoy!

 

 

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Look 1 - Sleek and Awake

This was right in the middle of a 10 day run. I was feeling pretty exhausted and puffy on this night, so I wore my hair straight and focused on highlighting and contouring my face. I used my concealer, MAC Studio Finish NW20, around my eyes, cheek bones, nose, chin and above my brows for highlights. I also used a contour paste I created myself (bronzer + Vaseline) on my nose and cheek hollows. I used really big Ardell eyelashes and a matte crease color to make my eyes pop. I used a Sephora white-gold shimmer to give my tired skin a little glow, and some yummy Vanilla Bean Noel lipgloss from Bath and Body Works. It tastes awesome and gives a little shine. Lipgloss is the final touch for a sleepy face!

 

 

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Look 2 - Pinks and Coppers

There was limited space for hair curling on this particular night, so I teased the roots up a little, threw in some Big Sexy Powder Play, and did a makeshift fishtail braid. As for my face, I wanted to do something fun and bright. I used two pinkish-copper colors from MAC (I get them wet to make them super bold) and my white-gold shimmer from Sephora as a browbone color. When I'm doing a smoky eye (almost always) I use a black Eyeko eyeliner pen and do a big wing. I connect my dark crease color all the way to the wing.  I used the darker color with an eyeliner brush under my eyes for an extra dimension to the big wing, with white eyeliner on the lower rim. The combo of the pinks and the white eyeliner really contrasts my eyecolor, so this is a great combo for blue or green peepers. 

My favorite lip colors are muted pinks and nudes. For this look I used MAC lip liner in Subculture and BITE Creme Lipstick in Retsina. It's matte and creamy at the same time and tastes awesome. PS - that's a real freckle on my cheek but sometimes I go over it with my eyebrow pencil. ;)

 

 

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Look 3 - Lashes Lips and Lights

This makeup look was inspired by Ellie Goulding. We have slightly similar coloring and I love the way she does her makeup - not a lot of heavy eyeliner or dark shadows, but big eyelashes and nudey-pink lined lips. This method really makes your eyes look open and brings out the color. First I focused on getting my skin to be as uniform as possible, with only a little contour on the nose and cheeks. I did a light pink marbled MAC bronze blush on my cheeks and eyes. (You'll notice that I never use blush alone because I don't like to look too rosy.) I used the biggest eyelashes I had with only a bronze shadow line underneath. I lined my lips with Subculture and used a MAC Satin nude lip color.

 

 

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Look 4 - Brows, Bronze and Blue

 

This is my go-to look. This might sound silly, but I feel my "hottest" when I'm bronzed, browed, and golden-eyed to bring out the blue. I had a lot of time this night and some really good lighting, so I did a lot of contour and a lot of bronzing. I use a Smashbox matte bronze as well as one of the best kept secrets ever - $6 Bonne Belle Shimmer bronzer. I also used my contour paste for my nose, cheeks and chin. The sparkly gold shadow is Sephora brand. I did a white line on my bottom rim, and a copper line under that. I lined my lips with a Sephora nude liner and put on my VBN gloss.

This hair night was super easy - I sprayed it with Big Sexy Dry Shampoo, put some bends in it with a straightener, and sprayed with my favorite Biolage flexible hold hairspray.

 

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Look 5 - MonoBeachy

This look was actually more about the hair. I stuck with a monochromatic face palette - matte browns, golds, bronzer and a light lipgloss. For my skin I use Smashbox CC Creme in Fair/Light. My eyebrow pencil is Sephora brand retractable pencil in Nutmeg. It is really thin but it allows you to be very precise. 

My hair was really dirty, so I brushed it out and used the Big Sexy Dry Shampoo (it's my new miracle product). I wrapped really thin pieces around a 1 inch wand, and finished with Big Sexy Spray Clay. That stuff is like gold! (This is the closest I've felt to achieving Victoria's Secret hair!)

 

 

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Look 6 - Lazy Wings

Whenever I feel puffy and want my face to look more angular, I go for straight hair with a slightly off center part, and a lot of bronzer. When my hair is straight I struggle with volume, so I used my aforementioned 3 miracle products, and I even taught Shady (left) how to use my dry shampoo. Check out his awesome gymnast hair!

 

I went for a super dark MAC Matte shadow again to make my eyes pop. One color is a buck shade, and the crease color is almost burgundy. Another little trick for tired nights is Visine tears - it gets the red out and makes you appear rested. I did a huge wing and huge fake lashes.

 

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Look 7 - Holster Night

This is a really fun look because I'm literally wearing a gun holster. I usually pair it with fun boots and a denim shirt, so I don't want to go super wild with my makeup. I did volume and an easy wave with my 1 inch wand, and did my go-to bronze and gold combination. I went extra shimmery with highlighter on the inner eye corners and the bridge of my nose. I also did the white eyeliner and the same Sephora gold color underneath. Whenever I want my makeup to look neat and organized, I make sure to do a bold brow and I keep it in place with ELF clear brow gel. I always finish off a stage look with a bit of Makeup Forever HD Powder and a little more concealer around my nose if I'm feeling warm or looking rosy. The HD Powder mattifies your face slightly and makes your skin feel like velvet. This stuff will keep everything in place for hours...and it's great for guys on camera too!

Carolina

Okay, so I found out that I love North Carolina. We played at Cat's Cradle last night in Carrboro. I even had a RELATIVE come to the show, so that was fun! I've been hopping onstage and singing a couple different tunes with Stephen. The two of us plus Rob are pretty much the next Eagles. I also got to meet Stephen's friend Caitlin, of the band Whiskeytown. She was incredibly sweet and sounded like an angel! 

 

The night before last, the boys and I ate an amazing Cajun meal, then we hung out at this local bar called The Wooden Nickel that resembled my buffalo nickel tattoo. 

 

In other news, I'm the only girl on this bandwagon, and sometimes you make the boys go find you a mirror so you can actually get ready.  

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Don't steal my food...

On The Road!

Hello from a van full of boys somewhere in Virginia...or something. Today is day 3 of my run with Stephen Kellogg, and we are already having a blast. Everybody who heard I was going out with SK has told me "Stephen is the sweetest person ever." People say that about others all the time, but this guy might literally be the sweetest human I have ever met. Friday night was my first show of the tour. When I showed up, Stephen presented me with a personalized tour hoodie with my name on it...and it was HIS birthday! I have a feeling I'm going to be spoiled after this run with SK and the crew...I'm so grateful to be out with them! We played at The Barns at Wolf Trap outside of DC last night, and it may be one of my favorite venues ever. Also, I met an adorable three year old named Emily, and she knows all the words to "Diamonds." I've already met a lot of cool people, and I can't wait for Charlotte tonight. PS, if this post doesn't make sense, it's because I underslept and overcaffeinated. Cheers! 

 

 

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EP, Tour, Online Store

After months of writing, recording and planning, I finally have a release date for my EP. It will be released on NOVEMBER 18th! To coincide with my release, I will be doing an online EP Release Party. To get tickets, you can visit www.stageit.com/haileysteele

Just a few short days after the EP is released, I will be going out on tour and opening for singer/songwriter Stephen Kellogg. We will be doing 9 dates over two weeks and I could not be more excited to go play! To see the dates, go over to my live page.  

Also - it's been awhile since I've had merchandise available, but I just launched a new online store, and there's a little something for everybody in there. I wanted my store to be full of things that I know I love and would want to use. There's plenty of your regular artist merchandise, as well as fun little girly things like compact mirrors, purse hooks, nighties and WINE CHARMS! See it all here: www.cafepress.com/haileysteele

I'd love to see you this fall, whether it's online or on the road! 

Cheers,

Hailey




We're goin' in...

Well, after all this talk and years of preparation, we are finally doing this. Okay, that sounded dramatic, but seriously. I've been in pre-production meetings with my producer, Relli, this week. We have it narrowed down to 8 songs for the EP and have been hammering out visionary details- what we want this record to do, how we want it to sound, how we don't want it to sound, etc. 

Relli and I have been talking about making an EP together for years, and I couldn't be more excited. That being said, I don't wanna give too much away until it's ready for you to hear. We're gonna take our time, do it right, and make sure it lines up with the vision we share for my songs. We're going in this weekend, and we're not coming out until it's ripe and ready to fall right off the tree. Thanks for your support. Cheers!!

 

HS

 

 

WE DID IT!

Well if you haven't heard the news...I REACHED MY GOAL ON KICKSTARTER! 

I'm not yelling, I'm just really excited. On Saturday morning, I woke up and checked my Kickstarter app. It said that someone -a name I didn't even recognize- had pledged $1,000. At first I thought I was looking at it wrong and not seeing a decimal point or something. Then I wondered if it was a joke. THEN I was like, "Okay this is real and awesome", and it put me at $9800 or somewhere around there. It didn't take another 20 minutes before a few more backers kicked in, and all of the sudden this became real to me. 

I've never made a record on my own, I've never had anything for sale on iTunes, and I've never been 100% in charge of any projects that I have recorded in the past. But that is all about to change, and it's because of a tremendous amount of support from friends, fans and other artists whom I respect deeply. This is real now, and I finally get to record my music, tie it up with a pretty little bow and present it to the world.

In the next few weeks, I will work on getting all of my rewards out to my backers, and I will be coming up with a timeline and beginning pre-production for my EP.  Being in the studio is one of my favorite parts of being an artist, because you get to see your songs come to life. I finally get to do that, no strings attached.

 A new door has opened, and I can't wait to walk in. I'm so happy and excited, and I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you times a million!!

-HS

 

Lucky 14

Happy New Year!

I'm so excited that 2014 is here. Not that 2013 wasn't a great year - I got to play a bunch of awesome shows and I wrote a lot of songs that I love- but 14 is my lucky number. Ever since I was little, 14's would show up everywhere, and it was always when good things were happening to me. I remember being on the road with my dad and Chief Dennis Alley going to see Willie and Waylon play in Hinckley, MN, and our room number on that overnight drive was 14. This has happened to me hundreds of times throughout my musical journey - they just show up everywhere. Some people don't believe in that stuff, but I have more than enough proof to believe that this number, for me, is a sign of good things to come. So here's to hoping that everybody has a great year, and that it's a lucky one! PS - There's still time to pledge for my new EP through Kickstarter - it runs until....JANUARY 14th!! Click here to visit. Thanks again, friends, and Lucky 2014!! #yearofthebean

 

-HS

It's a Kickstarter Christmas

I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner!! I have spent the last couple of weeks in Nashville writing with some awesome people, recording some new stuff, and crashing all kinds of Christmas parties. :)

As most of you have probably seen by now, I have launched a Kickstarter project to fund my first 5-song EP. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a platform that funds independently created works, such as records, books, and visual art collections. It's a great way for supporters to get involved on the front end, and they usually receive a special edition of the completed product that they are funding, along with other rewards based on the amount of his or her pledge. You can see a more detailed description here.

My Kickstarter will run until January 14. Right now it's just under 10% funded, so I need all the love I can get to make this work. I've already gotten some help from Twitter and Facebook friends, but every email, share or retweet will make a difference...and no dollar will go unappreciated.  I'm so excited that if we meet our goal, I will finally be able to put out some music and hit the road. You can go HERE to view the project, incentives, and become a backer!

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas! Signing off from my leopard-print snuggie in 3 degree South Dakota weather,

HS

South Dakota Love

When I was a little girl, my parents would take me to country concerts at the fairgrounds. We would always stay until everybody else left in case there was any chance of snagging a picture with or talking to one of my country idols. No matter the outcome, I remember always feeling a sadness when they started packing up...I hated the feeling of knowing that, even if just for that night, the fun was over and the crew was on to their next city. 

That's kinda how I feel every time I play a show in South Dakota.  I always have such a great time and I don't ever want it to end! 

The weekend started with me singing the national anthem before the Sioux Falls Skyforce game in the new Sanford Pentagon. The whole new area out there is beautiful!

 

On Sunday, I opened for Josh Thompson at The District, a new venue close to the Empire Mall. A lot of family and friends showed up, and I also met some new faces. 

Yesterday, I spoke to my friends Mike and Mark on their radio show, "Calling All Sports." You can hear the interview at www.callingallsportssd.com. 

To me, there's nothing quite as comforting as the familiarity of being back in South Dakota. Maybe it has to do with my cute little hometown or my dad's homemade goose jerky. Either way, the amount of support I have received from my fellow Dakotans over the years has been amazing. I'm off to brave the cold in Chicago now, but I can't wait to be home for Christmas!

 

HS

 

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In the new Sanford Pentagon

 

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Family pic at The District 

 

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My Grandma's not-so-secret ingredient for awesome bologna sandwiches!

my first blog!!

First of all, WELCOME to HAILEYSTEELE.COM!

I am so excited to finally have a functioning website. My awesome web designer and I have been working for weeks to put together something clean and good-lookin' for ya, and here's what we (mostly she) came up with. 

I'm a little rusty at my blogging skills, but it shouldn't be too hard to type words and talk about my life! Right now I am in South Dakota for a little pre-Thanksgiving family hang time, and I am opening for Josh Thompson on Sunday at The District in Sioux Falls. I'm looking forward to playing in the new venue!

While I'm home, I'm also doing a few other things, including singing the national anthem at the Sioux Fallls Sky Force game tomorrow night.

I also had time yesterday to stop in to see one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Ziebarth, and her choir at Dell Rapids High School. It was so much fun to sing for them and let them try to grill me with funny questions.  They were very curious about what it was like to be on The Voice and how it was working with Christina Aguilera. After I sang "Crazy" a capella per Mrs. Z's request, one of the students knew that it it was Patsy Cline. How impressive! 

I also brought my "guitar player" along for this trip. Since he has never spent time in South Dakota, I thought that he would really enjoy touring the town of Madison and playing in the snow. After we rehearse today, I may even take him to get a six pack and a pound. Holler if you're with me. 

THANKS for checking out haileysteele.com, and please come back often!

 

HS

 

 Singing "Lazy River" for the Dell Rapids High School Choir.

Singing "Lazy River" for the Dell Rapids High School Choir.

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