The 25 year-old Pharo, whose blend of pop, rock, and R&B has earned her comparisons to Katy Perry and Pink, stands behind Haley Pharo, her debut album that Haywire Records released in April. Haley Pharo was produced by Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, fun., Beyonce) and includes tracks co-written by King Logan (Timbaland) and David Palmer and Chuck Kentis (Rod Stewart). Tickets for Pharo’s show will be available at Room 5 the night of the show. All songs on Haley Pharo are available on iTunes.
Andrew Dawson, who won a Grammy for his work on Kanye West’s Graduation and Late Registration, produced Haley Pharo. Dawson’s recent contributions to fun.’s Some Nights earned him yet another Grammy. Pharo recently explained why she felt so fortunate to work with Dawson: “Andrew has made some of my favorite records. Being able to sit down with him and pick his brain has been one of the greatest opportunities of my life. He was the missing piece I needed to connect all the dots on this record.”
Three songs from Pharo’s debut, “One Eye Open,” “Missing,” and “Your Darling,” were co-written and produced by industry veteran David Palmer. Palmer, a founding member of ABC, is best known for his work with Johnny Marr and The The, whose Dusk reached #2 in the UK album charts in 1992. Palmer worked with his production partner, Chuck Kentis (Rod Stewart, Tina Turner), to bring a cinematic quality to Haley Pharo. King Logan also shared songwriting credits with Pharo, as the duo co-wrote “Con Artist,” “Prisoner,” and “Waiting On You.”
Pharo began pursuing her music career before she was even ten years old. Growing up in Dallas, she began singing country standards in regional Oprys, eventually making frequent trips to L.A. to work with highly respected vocal coach Seth Riggs. After relocating to L.A., Pharo continued writings songs and began to develop relationships with other singers, writers, and producers. While touring as a back-up singer for Justin Timberlake, she met and befriended will.i.am and went on to record several of her own tracks with him.
Pharo wrote her debut record with a very clear sense of purpose: “I want people to walk away from listening to my music and feel empowered, inspired.” She considers herself a communal storyteller of sorts, adding that “within each track, there is a story to be told, and it’s usually one that most of us collectively share. I try and make music that people can relate to, songs that remind them that they aren’t alone.” Pharo views songwriting as a relationship between she and her listeners: “If I’ve done my job as a songwriter, I’ve shared my experience directly to the heart of the listener. It’s now also their story, so there is an exchange of emotions.”
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