Port City Music Hall

98.9 WCLZ presents


Hailey Knox

Sun, September 15, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

This event is 18 and over

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. PCMH box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

Gorgeous harmonies, striking arrangements and evocative songwriting marks BAILEN as an undeniable and welcome new arrival. The NYC-based trio -- fraternal twins Daniel (vocals/bass/synth/guitar), David (vocals/drums), and younger sister Julia Bailen (vocals/guitar) -- will release their debut album Thrilled To Be Here, produced by GRAMMY-Award winner John Congleton (St. Vincent, The War on Drugs), on April 26th, 2019 via Fantasy Records. Last night BAILEN celebrated the announcement with a sold-out hometown show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom. BAILEN friends Joseph joined as special guests in an encore.

The group’s beguiling three-part harmonies fuel the album’s first single “I Was Wrong,” a statement of compassion and self-reflection. BAILEN explain: “The song is about coming together and listening to the other side of an argument, hearing another perspective, and being able to say I was wrong. It was inspired by the growing global divide in ideology and a general unwillingness to hear out someone with differing opinions. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is admit your faults, but often it’s the only way to move forward.” “I Was Wrong” is out now and available to stream HERE. Thrilled To Be Here is available now for pre-order HERE.

BAILEN’s otherworldly musicality springs from a very deep well, in fact, it’s in their DNA. Raised in New York by their classically trained parents, Daniel, David and Julia immersed themselves in the family’s diverse record collection. The group’s highly collaborative songs are formed by three very different individuals who were all inspired by literature and a love of language. The resulting confident, meticulous songcraft of Thrilled To Be Here is rooted in the young group’s preternatural dexterity, insight and lyrical bite.

Detail-oriented and precise, the members of BAILEN found the perfect counterpoint in producer Congleton’s more open approach: “We think micro, and John was really good at thinking macro for the record,” Julia observes. “First records are special because you’ve spent your whole life writing them. Recording our album in a month at the same studio with one producer meant that we kept the creativity, but also found the cohesiveness.”

BAILEN has emerged by cultivating a passionate following via their live show, guesstimating over 300 shows to date, and touring and collaborating with such artists as Amos Lee, The Lone Bellow, Joseph, Oh Wonder, and others. The band has also announced a U.S. headline tour that begins February 20th in Pontiac, MI., and includes shows at Chicago’s Schubas on the 21st and L.A.’s Bootleg Theatre on March 7th.
Hailey Knox
Hailey Knox
Hailey Knox doesn’t just sit on the sidelines: she’s become the mastermind behind building and producing her own soulful pop songs. To push her own boundaries, the 20-year-old singer- songwriter has been cutting her teeth on the road the past two years since her debut EP release A Little Awkward, touring with Charlie Puth,Ruth B., and AJR, and making her festival debut at Austin City Limits’ 2018 festival.
Because of her live shows, Knox has grown into a powerhouse, building her songs onstage with a loop pedal. Now, she’s ready to show the world the dynamic range of music she’s capable of producing, with her latest release -- the ‘Hardwired Mixtape’. And she does: her latest project feels like a pile of vibrant confetti, sprinkled with never-before-recorded full-length songs and snippets of Frank Ocean-like audio notes she recorded to show that there’s more depth to her artistry. “We called it a mixtape because it’s slightly all over the place, but in a good way,” Knox said of the project. For people who haven’t experienced her live shows, this mixtape is a window into how far she’s come since 2016.

Throughout 11 tracks, Knox’s mixtape combines songs Hailey has been developing and evolving for years and some fresh cuts from GarageBand, working with the producers who discovered her Mike Mangini and Peter Zizzo, along with songwriter Imani Coppola, and showing off her own production skills. But mostly, it’s an inner look at how she spurs creative concepts.

On her new mixtape, Knox combines stripped-down songwriting and lyrical detail of A Little Awkward and the husky, textured grooves of her singles since then. It’s an effort in chronicling her journey of self-discovery in music and beyond, revealing the loneliness of life on the road and her own personal anxieties. But there are still hints of cheeky pop culture references to Sour Patch Kids and Scooby Doo, embedded in her songs.

Fear proves to be a driving force for Knox on her latest work. Latest single “Hardwired” pays homage to her debut EP, as soft acoustics and a looped drum beat reverberate as Knox recounts her own crippling self-doubt. “I laugh when I’m weak,” she croons vulnerably on the diaristic track. Also featured on the mixtape is the R&B-tinged “Traumatized,” which Knox has played on tour for two years. The song details the overwhelming feeling of having to pretend to be confident when you’re not. “I’m choking back tears/Wanna die/Maybe that’s TMI,” she sings unabashedly.

At the same time, Knox tackles the unspoken hurdles of touring on the dark, indie-pop “Runaway.” “I love it here but I wanna be upstate,” Knox yearns with her piercing lilt against cinematic horns, as she details the constant cycle of being homesick. The wistful snippet “Red Eye” follows up on “Runaway” with a devastating beat drop as Knox continues to crave home.

On standout track “Bitch Bitch Bitch,” Knox puts her own sweet spin on a diss track; focusing on the positive and calling out people who feed off of contagious negativity. “It’s a way to tell people to stop complaining and appreciate what you have,” Knox says of the song.

But Knox is perhaps most soulful when she meditates on her own heartbreak. “Don’t Got One” highlights Knox’s gospel tone as she croons about the downsides of having your career take-off while you’re longing for love.

A native of upstate, New York, Knox grew up in a house full of music. She first picked up the guitar at seven years old, learning how to play from her dad. By the age of 12, she formed a duo with her sister, Samantha, even performing at The Apollo Theater. Knox eventually caught the attention of Zizzo and Mangini with covers the sisters posted on YouTube. Eventually, the duo dissolved and Knox began posting solo videos, earning an online following. In 2015, she signed her first record deal with S-Curve Records.

Knox’s latest project is a reintroduction to an artist empowered by growth and the intimate moments and imperfections in her creative process.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101