Audience of One
'Chandler Hayes may be the warm-up man for Dr. Phil, but his own career has started to boil...' Emmy Magazine 'In the time of your life, live...' is a quote Chandler Hayes has made a reality. Music has always been a part of his soul and the theme of his life adventures. An award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, musician and performer, Chandler has been featured on television and radio broadcasts worldwide. From performing many years as the 'warm up' man with Dr. Phil for thousands of people across the nation to critically-acclaimed solo performances with bands around the world - in the grand ballroom of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and sold-out clubs in New York City and Los Angeles. Born in Oklahoma, Chandler spent his childhood around the world in places such as Lebanon, Egypt, Russia and Jordan where as a six-year-old, he performed for the royal family of Jordan. He began taking piano lessons at the age of six from a teacher in Beirut in exchange for dinner each night. He would continue to study classical piano throughout his life winning numerous competitions around the world. Like many soulful performers, he began singing in church, where his father served as the music minister and his mother as the pianist. He would alternate between playing the organ, piano and singing solos in the choir with a definitive flair. 'Gospel music has always had a huge influence on me...in the way that I perform my songs...and especially when I am writing songs,' said Hayes. 'Gospel songs are sung with such an infectious passion and I try to capture that feeling...and bring everything I am into that moment.' A professional musician from the age of 14 - (where he lied about his age to be hired in clubs) Chandler began performing and appearing in local piano bars, pizza parlors, churches and even funeral homes. 'I have always been passionately influenced by Billy Joel, Elton John and Lionel Richie among others,' said Hayes. 'I used to have to perform for 5 hours straight with just me and the piano...' Although never formally studying voice until college, Chandler taught himself operatic arias and auditioned for a scholarship to a local university. At the age of 17, he received a full vocal scholarship to The University of Tulsa where he began classical voice lessons performing in recitals, operas and vocal competitions nationwide. He went on to receive numerous awards for classical vocal performance including first place in the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. However, Chandler's true passion was to perform his original music - in his own style. Submitting a tape of original songs which he produced, composed, performed and arranged - he received a full vocal scholarship to the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, he received the opportunity to record in the studio daily - and perform with legendary musical artists including Phil Collins, George Benson and Dolly Parton among others. Soon, he became a sought-after studio singer performing on thousands of jingles - and hundreds of projects for artists worldwide. Following Berklee, Chandler moved to New York City where he continued to record as a professional studio singer and perform in venues across the nation. He is now based in Los Angeles. As a recording artist, Chandler was featured as a singer and pianist on the CD 'Strazz - Street Jazz' - with Kirk Whalum, Ron Brown, Jim Chevious and Sam Simms released in 2000. His debut solo project - 'An Audience of One,' a compilation of original songs produced, performed, composed and arranged by Chandler was released in 2002. He is currently in production on his new CD of original music entitled 'This Moment.'