Find Your Voice | Hayley Reardon
At a young age, Hayley Reardon began to recognize that bullying had the power to dim the light of so many teenagers, and she searched for a way to help her peers reclaim that power.
“I know what it’s like to want something different than everyone else around you,” Hayley says. “And to feel like the more you find yourself, the less of you they understand.”
Lucky for the world, Hayley discovered her singing voice when she was 11. Over the years she has developed into a respected folk singer, lauded for introducing a whole new generation to Boston’s ever vibrant folk music scene. So, when Hayley wrote “She’s Falling,” a song about bullying, and sent it to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, they knew that her gift could change the lives of many—and it has.
Now, 16-year-old Hayley is a Peer Spokesperson for PACER. Over the last several years, she has traveled the country delivering her in-school performance program, Find Your Voice, where she uses music to encourage teens to hold on to themselves and find their “explosion” that makes them unique.
The UNTE Reader referred to Hayley saying, “While she has a voice and playing ability that suggest someone much older, she writes about issues that are important to younger people, and recognizes her opportunity to make a difference with her music.
Her inspiring songs are included in classroom toolkits, which get sent out to schools. The lyrics she writes, when paired with the soft strums of her guitar and the honey-tinged gravel tone of her voice, have been positively connecting with teens across the country.
“I want people to embrace their explosion,” Hayley says. “And embrace what makes them different.”
Learn more about Hayley’s new album and tour schedule here.
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