Described by PopMatters as “One part pop starlet, one part wandering troubadour”, Hadley Kennary is an artist/songwriter whose music is a modern mosaic of pop: shades of infectious melodies, poetic prose, and multi-faceted stories and are blended together to create a voice all her own. With her songs and her captivating live show, along with her contributions to several artists' projects as a songwriter and background vocalist, Hadley is carving a space for herself in Nashville's ever-growing music scene.
Kennary, appropriately pronounced like the bird, grew up constantly moving around the US. After graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she moved to Nashville to develop her craft. Since her arrival, she has independently released two EP’s and a string of singles, on top of her involvement in several artists’ projects in the New Nashville community.
She has garnered support from several reputable blogs as well as Nashville's independent radio station Lightning 100.
Her songs are contagiously catchy and refreshingly honest. As a songwriter, she has had several songs recorded by wordsmiths like Bre Kennedy, Brittney Spencer, and Emily Hackett. Between her own releases as an artist and those she has penned for other artists, her songs have racked up over
3 million streams on Spotify alone, with placements on editorial playlists across the major streaming platforms and networks like MTV and The Hallmark Channel. Her songs have taken her everywhere from 2nd place in the Telluride Troubadour competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to performing with Bre Kennedy at the legendary Ryman Auditorium opening for Sheryl Crow.
Hadley's latest body of work as an artist, the “Crooked Roots” EP, was released October 29, 2021. Recorded in Nashville, this collection of five songs both nods to the early 2000’s songwriter-pop Kennary was raised on and introduces a fresh take on raw pop songwriting.
This December, Hadley presents her indie-pop take on Joni Mitchell's winter classic "River". Shades of indie melancholia and pop-minded ear candy are tied in a bow to present this beloved holiday song in a fresh light. Kennary's singer-songwriter warmth creates a nostalgic yet completely contemporary take on one of her favorite cold-weather songs.
“In-between stages in life are tough to navigate. Whether you’re looking for a new job, navigating the dating world, or figuring out a nagging aspect of your life, the way forward isn’t always clear. On new track “Potential,” Nashville songwriter and artist Hadley Kennary explores how to embrace the in- between.” - No Country for New Nashville
"Pure pop catharsis."
"Hadley Kennary, a local gem, is quickly becoming a favorite at Lightning 100."
“...she’s truly got lasting power in such a tough industry.”
"What more can we say other than A+ songwriting, a beautiful vocal, and universal content."
"Mixing a modern pop approach with her more folk-driven songwriting, Kennary conjures up a soaring sound that is at once infectious, light and thoughtful."
“One part pop starlet, one part wandering troubadour...she meshes studied musicality with personal experience to craft her layered pop sound.”