Hayes signed to the
independent record label,
Records in 2001, and issued the
EP and the
Work to a Calm EP before releasing her
Night on my Side, in 2002. In 2002 she won Best Female Singer at the Hot
Press Awards. The album was nominated for the 2003
Mercury Prize but lost out to
A Little Deeper. After
touring Night on my Side Hayes took two years out from the
music industry; "All I do know is that I didn't want to listen to music at
all. I stopped listening to the radio. It was like I'd overdosed on music".
In late 2005 Hayes returned with her second album,
The Roads Don't Love You, and picked up the Best Irish Female Artist award
at the 2006
Meteor Ireland Music Awards, shortly before completing a small tour of the
United Kingdom and Ireland. Shortly after this she left EMI-Virgin. Hayes
co-wrote the song "Hazy" with
Adam uritz for the
New Amsterdam.. Duritz then referenced her in the song "Washington
Square/a>&", from the March 2008 Counting Crows release, Saturday Nights and
Sunday Mornings - in the context of talking about his travelings (specifically,
"wander[ing] the highways, from Dublin to Berkley"), the song's speaker says
that he has "heard the songbirds of Ballyporeen".
On 14 August 2006 Hayes announced, via her
MySpace profile, that she had begun work on her third album in the Black Box
France/a>, to be
produced by her former
David Odlum.. Hayes posted
demo/a> versions of a few of the songs on MySpace during
recording, including "Out of Our Hands", "Home", and "This Is What You Do".
Hayes' third album
The Hollow of Morning was released on 2 May 2008 in Ireland, and debuted at
number 12 in the
Irish Albums Chart.. Following this she signed a
recording contract/a> with the
Second Motion where The Hollow of Morning was released in the US on 30
September 2008. Second Motion works with
Adam Franklin of
Brian Vander Ark and others.
Whilst on her 2008 UK
tour,, Hayes announced that she planned to release an acoustic album by the
end of 2008. Hayes also confirmed that she will start recording her fourth album
in August 2008.
In January 2009 it was announced that Hayes had been nominated for Best Irish
Female, at the 2009 Meteor Ireland Music Awards, which took place on 17 March
2009 in Dublin. She lost out to
Imelda May. On 13 February 2009 she released her new
music video for the song "Home" on Myspace; the track was from her 2008
release The Hollow of Morning. On 19 February 2009 she performed at the
Oscar Wilde party in
California. The annual event takes place days before the
Oscars, and celebrates the best of Irish popular culture.
On 22 February 2009 it was stated that her new
Oliver will be available for purchase on 9 March. However, it was
subsequently announced on Myspace on 9 March that the EP's release had been
delayed. A new track called 'Ghost' appeared on Myspace the same day.
On 13 March 2009
Oliver was released on
OOn 14 April 2009 it was announced on her myspace blog that she's writing
songs for a new album.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - "The sweetly pained vocals sound darn
similar to Beth Orton's".