Album Review: Amber Hayes - "Any Day Is A Good Day"
By: Matt Bjorke
In 2010 Amber Hayes scored a couple of hits with "C'Mon" and "Wait" from her EP C'Mon. Now back with the self-released Any Day Is A Good Day EP, the Oklahoma native once again makes a case for impending stardom. Produced by Paul Compton, the record features A-list players and songs from writers like Adam Wright, Amy Dalley, Phillip White, Joe Doyle, Lee Thomas Miller, Brady Seals with some of those writers co-writing four of the tracks with Amber.
"I Built This Wall" recalls Chely Wright's country tunes and features a strong tie to late 1990s country sounds without feeling 'old,' while "Suspicious from Paul Kennerly, Adam Wright and Shannon Wright is downright fun and has some strong interesting couplets like "Well I found a pink package from down at the lingerie store, yeah baby but if you know me, I haven't fit that size since '03, that's suspicious baby." It's a great song and when tied with the inspirational title track "Any Day Is A Good Day," there's enough reason between these two songs to buy this EP.
Then you add in the jovial "Me And Loretta" and you've got a well-written, strongly-produced EP with downright great vocals. Why major labels aren't working with Amber Hayes is beyond me. She's on par with any of the up and coming female artists on those rosters, both as a singer and as a stunningly beautiful woman, and already has released two EPs worth of strong material.