bonnie hayes


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Ieverybody says "three chords and the truth is all you need". I prefer 5 chords and a beautiful little lie.

Bonnie Hayes is an American singer/songwriter, musician and record producer. Perhaps best known for penning "Have A Heart" and "Love Letter," which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning CD Nick of Time, Hayes' 80's pop-punk record Good Clean Fun on LA label Slash records yielded the anthemic college radio hit, Shelly's Boyfriend. Manifesto rave-up Girls Like Me from the same record ramped up the titles of the cult favorite film "Valley Girl".  Her songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Cher, Adam Ant, Booker T & the MG's, Robert Cray and Bette Midler. 

Hayes has also enjoyed success as a sidewoman, touring as keyboardist/backup singer with 80's icons Billy Idol and Belinda Carlisle, as well as Huey Lewis and the News. Later artist releases include Empty Sky, released on the Fuel label ,and Love in The Ruins in 2006. An early adopter of digital recording technology and adept arranger, Hayes produced records for blues and Americana artists such as Tommy Castro at her studio,  the Tone Palace in San Rafael, CA until 2013 .


Bonnie also a committed and passionate educator. She created and implemented programs at the Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco, and at other retreats and schools,  until she moved to Boston in 2013 to serve as the chair of the Songwriting department at the Berklee College of Music. She continues to write, play and record as her schedule permits. 


Gigs 2020

Jan 03, 2020

Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, CA

Bonnie Hayes & Mystery Dance, January 3, 2020

Mystery Dance is a lean and mean quartet featuring Kevin Hayes, Tim Eschliman, and Sean Allen,  performing a motley mix of covers we wish we'd written as well as some originals. Last year we were joined by local guitar heroes Tommy Castro and Danny Click, so anything can happen! We’ll be at the classy Sweetwater Music Hall right after New Year's Eve, so we can start the new year, and new decade, off with a party. 

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Music is coming......

We're collecting the music we can offer and will upload it soon! In the meantime, visit my songs on Spotify, CDbaby and iTunes

BH Boot Solo with Sean Allen

Sometimes my fingers don't do what I want....