Denni Lee Hayes
Denni Lee Hayes is a country singer out of Calgary who has recently released her debut country album Reflections.
This is an album which you can tell has been a long time dream for Hayes. The music has that feel of being heartfelt to the artist, although it doesn’t necessarily resonate with the listener in quite the same way.
As regular readers will know I am a huge proponent of a performer putting their best song at the start of a CD, to make sure listeners are hooked.
Well sadly Just A Cup of Coffee, the lead cut here is not that particularly strong, or memorable. A far better choice would have been Little Black Dancin’ Dress, a song with some old style fiddle work. It’s a throwback number which has radio airplay potential.
I Promise You This, with Stan Hitchcock adding some male support vocals, is another older-style country song which is among the best on the album.
The country music field is a crowded one these days, and a singer/songwriter really needs to find a way to carve out a niche and Hayes hasn’t really done anything here which will make her memorable beyond the general masses of country music.
Check it out at www.dennileehayes.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 14, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada