The MuseBox today announced that Dallas pop singer Haley Pharo has released the video for “Prisoner,” the next single from her self-titled debut album. The 25 year-old Pharo, whose blend of pop, rock, and R&B has earned her comparisons to Katy Perry and Pink, released Haley Pharo via Haywire Records in April. Haley Pharo was produced by Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, fun., Beyonce) and includes “Prisoner,” a track co-written by King Logan, best known for his collaboration with Timbaland. All songs on Haley Pharo are available on iTunes.
According to a recent story in USA TODAY, Pharo first took the stage at age eight, and began writing songs at 11. After moving to Los Angeles as a teen to work with renowned vocal coach Seth Riggs, Pharo found herself laying down backing vocals for Michael Jackson while recording with a choir at his Neverland Ranch. Pharo would go on to befriend a who’s who of musical talent, including will.i.am, whom she met backstage when the Black Eyed Peas were touring with Timberlake. “I just stumbled onto a really cool path and ended up getting to know some great people along the way,” she says.
It was through will.i.am that Pharo met King Logan, who struck up a conversation after hearing her rehearsing in a studio lobby. The two co-wrote “Prisoner,” as well as “Con Artist” and “Waiting on You.” According to Pharo, working with King Logan allowed her to “say what I wanted to say, exactly how I wanted to say it.” This was something that she “could never have done when I was a teenager.”
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.
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.”
Pharo views songs such as “Prisoner” as the starting point in 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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