Country music duo Haley & Michaels take pride in their music, as well as their marriage. The two singer/songwriters grew up in Northern California just a few towns away from one another. Their new single “Drinking About You” is a mid-tempo heartbreak song that produces in sync harmonies and showcases strong songwriting skills. A talented duo with massive potential, Haley & Michaels are bound to win over country music fans worldwide.
Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
We are outside in our front yard.
Shannon: I’m wearing my usual jeans and tank.
Ryan: I’m about to lose this leather jacket because it’s really hot today!
What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
Singers/Songwriters and co-CEOs of all things Haley & Michaels. Any time we get to be creative in any way we feel so lucky and it’s so hard to pick a favorite part of it all. But if we had to choose, Shannon’s favorite part is the songwriting and Ryan’s is the performing.
How did you two become a duo?
We were introduced by a mutual friend who was playing guitar for both of our solo bands at the time. We met in Nashville and found out that we grew up three miles apart in California so we decided we should do some shows together. We knew we wanted to become a duo right after we sang our first song together at a show Ryan had booked at The Roxy Theater. After we wrote our first song we decided to make it official and come up with our name.
What’s the first concert you’ve ever attended?
Shannon: Tim McGraw
Ryan: AC/DC and my Dad playing at a country bar.
What’s your favorite cartoon character?
Shannon: Donald Duck
Ryan: Jessica Rabbit
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned?
We’ve learned to be persistent and patient and how to handle rejection. Probably the hardest, yet most beneficial thing we’ve learned is how to look at rejection as a way to learn more about ourselves, and its driven us and helped us grow immensely both musically and personally.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in Music City?
Our favorite spot to hang out is at Bob’s Idle Hour Tavern on Music Row. It’s got a ton of history and it’s a quiet place to have a drink and some microwaved popcorn.
Beer or whiskey?
Who is your favorite country singer from the 90s?
Out of all the songs you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
We’re currently most excited about our new song that’s out called “Drinking About You,” but another personal favorite for us will always be our wedding song, “Giving It All (To You.)”
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
The Mountain Winery in Saratoga. We got married there and it’s also such an intimate venue. Of course, it’s hard to beat The Rodeo Club in San Jose, where our hometown radio station KRTY puts on some amazing shows.
What’s one gift you will never forget?
The people who have stuck their necks out for us and played and supported our music from the beginning.
What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
St. Jude is an incredible organization. We got to go to Memphis and visit many of the children in the hospital there. Country Cares does amazing work. We definitely plan to do more events with them.
How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
Of course without songwriters there would not be songs. So in our minds, we have the songwriters to thank any time we are taking any joy from music. Nashville has always been a town focused on the song, and thus songwriters. Today, with the format being open to all kinds of influences, songwriters have a lot of power in terms of how they can shift the direction of music based on what they create. We think it’s awesome how some of our favorite songwriters are really pushing the boundaries of country music and other genres as well.
What’s one super power you wish you had?
We both wish we could fly. But we can’t. So we wrote a song called “Taking Off” and it will be the title track of our new EP.
You’re making your favorite sandwich…what’s on it?
Shannon: Cheese, cheese, cheese preferably grilled and covered in hot sauce.
Ryan: Avocado for days.
Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?
Shannon: Pink. She’s such a rocker…and a rock star…but also she’s incredibly soulful. I love that combination. Everything she sings, even the fun party songs, makes me feel so much emotion because she has so much soul. And have you seen her trapeze work? Come on.
Ryan: Bon Jovi. Because he rules and he still performs three hour shows and when he’s done you feel like he could do the whole thing again with just as much energy.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Shannon: Larry David
Ryan: Watching Shannon watch Larry David.
Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
…Buzz from The Highway jumps out of a cake.
Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
…sad, happy, laugh, cry, defeated, inspired, and learn how to love whiskey.