Queensland singer-songwriter Hayley Marsten released her EP Lonestar in 2017 and revealed herself to be in possession of an abundance of talent and humour, a fantastic singing voice and a hint of quirkiness. All these were evident during the set I saw her play at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival; also clear was the fact that she’s a truly great entertainer.
During that set Marsten played a new song that she said was inspired by her mother – whose name we discovered the first time she sang the chorus. ‘Wendy’ is a tale of heartache told with self-awareness and without self-pity, and includes Marsten’s exhortation to herself to be ‘a little more like Wendy’ – and you should listen to the song to find out what that means. You should also listen to it because Marsten is an emerging artist who should have everyone’s attention.
‘Wendy’ was written with the magnificent Lyn Bowtell; the pair also collaborated on Marsten’s ‘Coming Home’ (from Lonestar), which reached #1 on the Kix Country Chart and #21 on the Australian Country Airplay Charts.
Marsten is currently running a Pozible campaign to fund her debut album – given that these sorts of campaigns are essentially pre-ordering an album, and also given that the high quality of Lonestar and ‘Wendy’ is a good indicator of what to expect on the album, funding this album comes with very little risk. If you’d like to support Marsten’s campaign, go to: https://www.pozible.com/project/shall-we-make-my-debut-album
Listen to ‘Wendy’: