The Family Tree

by Chance Hayden

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This debut full length album from Chance Hayden showcases his versatile talents as a guitarist, songwriter and producer. The Family Tree shares a collection of songs much inspired by Hayden's entry to fatherhood, connecting his personal roots with the belief that we're all a part of a universal family. The album was funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign that unified Hayden’s fans with this new Soul Rock project.

Hayden’s eight mature original works are joined by a lively rendition of Curtis Mayfield's "If I Were Only a Child Again,” rounding out the album’s overall message. With fine tuned intentions for The Family Tree, Hayden chose to spotlight vocalist Redray Frazier who delivers Hayden's lyrics with passion and sincerity. Beneath the vocals lie deep band arrangements with sweet female backups, crisp horns and vintage keyboards that maintain the album's rich, organic feel. Hayden's well-polished guitar work shines brightly throughout The Family Tree which features inspired performances from a dozen A-list musicians.

This bold freshman release signifies the musical awareness Hayden has amassed through years of service as a standout sideman to numerous Portland artists. It brings fourth a clear artistic identity while also leaving room for Hayden to expand on his sound. From the first listen The Family Tree continuously blossoms and stands to become faithfully planted in one’s musical library.


released January 31, 2013

Chance Hayden • electric, acoustic & slide guitars, aux. percussion
Redray Frazier • lead vocals
Josh Lava • fender rhodes, wurlitzer 200a, hammond b3 & nord electro
Ben Jones • electric basses
Reinhardt Melz • drums
Farnell Newton • trumpet
Dave Milne • tenor saxophone
Shelly Rudolph • backup vocals
Bre Gregg • backup vocals
Steveland Swatkins • clavinet (track 9)
Marcus Reynolds • grand piano (track 7)
David Lipkind • harmonica (track 6)
Randy Herbert • congas & aux. percussion (tracks 8 & 9)

All music & lyrics composed*, arranged and produced by Chance Hayden (ASCAP). *”If I Were Only a Child Again” composed by Curtis Mayfield, Warner Tamerlane Publishing.

• Co-Produced by Josh Lava & Ben Jones
• Executive Producer Brad Mersereau
• Engineered by Dylan Magierek at Type Foundry Studios Portland, OR
• Additional tracking by Bryan Appel at StoveTopStuff! and Josh Lava at Magmalog Studios Portland, OR
• Mixed by Josh Lava
• Mastered by Bruce Brown at Puget Sound Studios Issaquah, WA
• Cover Photo by Tom Schmid

℗ & © 2012 Chance Hayden Music. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.



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Chance Hayden Portland, Oregon

Chance Hayden is a versatile guitarist with a genuine musical voice that embodies jazz, blues, funk & soul. He has toured internationally with Jarrod Lawson and performed extensively throughout the Portland, Oregon area with a wide array of artists including
Darrell Grant, Farnell Newton, Devin Phillips, Lindsey Webster, Mycle Wastman, Manimouna Youssef, Matt Brown and many more.
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